LCGA Exhibitions

WALTER VERLING Sixty Year Retrospective

12th June - 28th August 2008
Limerick City Gallery of Art

WalterVerling (1930-) Goat Island

Sixty-Year Retrospective is Verling’s first major exhibition and presents an opportunity to experience the full scope and development of the artist. Sixty-Year Retrospective will exhibit works from various public and private collections, which have been separated for many years, along with a substantial amount of work from the artists studio, which has not been exhibited previously.

the volatility and immediacy of ripples spreading across a water surface or clouds sliding across the sky, and the business of putting a picture together, of orchestrating a palette, a tonal scale, an ensemble of forms. Surely that, for Verling, is what it is all about, and it is certainly what he does supremely well. Aidan Dunne, May 2008    

Verling is an influential figure with a strong history of Limerick connections, as former member of staff at Mary Immaculate College in the Art Education Department he taught and influenced generations of Irish school teachers, all the while maintaining a strong painting career. This exhibition provides a platform to exhibit and celebrate Verling’s unique contribution to Irish Art.

Walter Verling is a highly respected painter who has been engaged in landscape painting since his youth and has remained committed to "plein air". His greatest influence was Charles Lamb the Connemara painter with whom he painted in the 1960's, he later befriended Cormac Mehegan, full time painter and noted designer, with whom he has painted for the past 40 years.

These are peak moments, when everything was right, the light was stable, I had time to mix colours I was able to match conceptualisation with visualisation and not leave everything to intuitive chance. In my late years I hope to get to back to it. Walter Verling

Sixty Year Retrospective, a major survey exhibition is accompanied by full colour 84 page hardback catalogue, produced by Limerick City Gallery of Art and Gandon Editions. The publication features a personal introduction by Katie Verling, an interview with the artist by Mike Fitzpatrick and an essay by Aidan Dunne placing Verling within the social history of Munster and in the Irish and European Art scenes of the 50's through to the 21st century.

Copies of the catalogue can be ordered by contacting - soreilly@limerickcity.ie

Walter Verling Biography:

Born 1930 in New Ross, County Wexford. Verling studied in the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork in the late 1940's and early 1950's under Diarmuid O Ceallachain and Soirle MacCanna ARCA. Later he taught Art in Clonmel, Fermoy and Youghal before moving to Connemara in 1966 to teach in Carraroe. Verling moved to Limerick in 1970 to teach in Mary Immaculate College of Education where he remained until 1990. Verling was awarded membership of Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy (HRHA) in 1994. He worked in France, Italy and Spain through his career. Recent exhibitions include Glor, Ennis in 2006, ART NOW 2005 at The Hunt Museum and at the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick in 2005.

 


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