Abigail O'Brien

Airfix Days

1 - 30 Nov 2012

Peppercanister Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition Airfix Days by Abigail O’Brien showcases the work of one of Ireland’s pre-eminent artists. Abigail first exhibited at Peppercanister in September 2011 as part of STILL, a group exhibition of lens-based artists during Dublin Contemporary 11. She has exhibited in a number of international and Irish shows this year, and this will be her first solo show at Peppercanister Gallery. Exploring themes of childhood and nostalgia, Airfix Days captures the joy and excitement of rediscovering long forgotten memories. The passage of time alchemises simple childhood toys into symbols of happiness, freedom and imagination, reminding us of the wonder of youth and the pleasure of simpler times.

She has won many awards and her work is represented in both private and public collections including IMMA, Dublin, The European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Goldman Sachs, London, The Caldic Collection, Rotterdam and the Volpinum Collection, Vienna. She has shown extensively, including at Haus Der Kunst, Munich, The Gemeentemuseum, Holland, and Centro National des Arts, Mexico. Born in 1957, she received a first class honours BA Fine Art Painting in 1995 and an MA Fine Art Painting in 1998, from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

“Buried for the past forty years, two Men uncover the wonderment of their youth. Never before seen as treasure, in the moment of discovery they are transported back to a different world. A world without boundaries and a time when plastic fuselages bristled with the sound of guns and where Dogfights come out of the blue. Rat a tat tat and dinner was ready at five.”