LCGA Exhibitions

LCGA Permanent Collection at The Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum

July 2010
The Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum, Castle Lane, Limerick

Limerick City Gallery of Art is proud to present artworks from the Permanent Collection at the Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum.  A selection of works by Master Printers were chosen as fine samples of Irish printmaking and of the diversity of techniques including etching, woodcut, lithography and silkscreen.


Dieter Blodau, born in Germany in 1939, studied at the School of Art and Design, Dortmund and the Academy of Arts, Berlin. During the 1960s, he moved to Ireland and lectured at The Limerick School of Art and Design. The works are from a series of scenes from his adoptive city, Limerick – streets and buildings from a time gone by, some no longer in existence. 'Their moody tonal contrasts will always be able to remind us of a past full of ghosts (…) the Limerick of Angela’s Ashes.' (KoH)

Born in Co. Meath, Michael Farrell trained in drawing and painting at St. Martin's School of Art and Colchester School of Art 1956-60. Returning to Ireland, he painted mainly abstract works. Later, in part as a reaction to the violence in Northern Ireland, he turned to figurative art to express his feelings. From 1971 until his death in 2000, he lived in France. Exhibited on this occasion are two lithographic prints and an etching highlighting the contrast in his approaches to print-making.

Des MacMahon holds a MA in Printmaking from the Chelsea School of Art and is currently a lecturer in LSAD Print Depart-ment. He combines media such as silkscreen, woodblock and drawing. He has printed in the past on ceramics and plaster, and his earlier edgier punkish work with images of pitbulls and late night drinking has softened as he has matured, dealing with issues of responsibility, family and mortality. In this exhibition, three silkscreens from the Disguise series are displayed.

Born in 1929 in Winchester, Patrick Pye was raised in Dublin. He started painting in 1943 and later studied at the National College of Art in Dublin. In 1957 he received a scholarship to stay in Holland, where he began working with stained glass. In 1973 he began etching at the Graphic Studio in Dublin. He has completed many major commissions on religious themes all over Ireland. In 2005 Patrick was invested with a D.Phil (hon.causa) by Maynooth University.

Jim Sheehy was born in Co. Cork in 1945. He lived in the USA 1964-78 and studied at Cornell University; SUNY College, Buffalo; Pratt Institute and the Arts Students League of New York. During the 1970s he worked in New York printing litho-graphs and etchings for many of the leading American artists. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Dublin, Limerick and Cork and has exhibited in major group exhibitions. There are ten works using a diverse range of techniques on display.

Donald Teskey was born in Co. Limerick in 1956. He graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design and is now based in Dublin. Since his first solo show in 1980, he has had numerous important exhibitions in Ireland and the UK and has also been part of group exhibitions around the world. The result is powerful images of recognisable parts of the Irish landscape with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless energetic and elemental force of nature.


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