Jacinta Feeney

17 Sept - 7 Oct 2009

The Peppercanister Gallery is delighted to introduce it,s first solo exhibition by Donegal-native Jacinta Feeney. This body of work represents the recurring themes of memory, loss and absence which are ever present within her practice. She is in her mid-career, having had her first solo exhibition at the Tom Caldwell Gallery in Dublin in 1980 and then again at the Hendriks in Dublin in 1986. As a student at the Royal College of Art she won both the Princess of Wales scholarship and the Venice scholarship and finished her MA in 1984. As a practising artist she has taken part in a series of group and solo shows and in 1994 she completed an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths in London.

After returning to live in her family home in the village of Ardara, Co. Donegal, the imagery and scale of her work altered dramatically. In her studio in London her preoccupation was to paint on large scale canvases, intent on dismantling pictorial order and drawing attention to the incompleteness of the image. Her return to her home in Donegal has clearly left an indelible mark on both the imagery and scale of her paintings. Her current concerns are reflective and more intimate and the images are boldly simplified yet ambiguous.A number of these recent works employ the image of an open book within the painting which both serves as a formal device and as a metaphor to invite the viewer to read the work. Flat planes of colour contain references to landscape and the isolated representation of trees demonstrate childlike properties.

She has works in private and public collections and a student work of hers which was purchased by the Irish Arts Council in 1986 is located in the entrance hall in Aras an Uachtaráin as part of an ongoing exhibition titled the Four Provinces.

The artist states; “For years now I have used within my paintings an image of an open book which both served as a formal device and as a metaphor to invite the viewer to read the work.  The background is reduced to two colours locked within a limited visual space and the central concerns within the painting are explored between both vertical areas. These two flat planes of colour contain a reference to landscape and the isolated representation of trees demonstrate child like properties. The surface of the paintings is rendered sparsely using limited hues. The austere range of possibilities gives way to an emphasis on the painterly and colourful. So while spontaneity is held in check through an economy of means the distilled process places inventiveness as a central concern.”

The Private View will take place on Wednesday 16th September, between 5.30 and 7.30pm, and will be formally opened by Dr Yvonne Scott, Director, Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. The exhibition will continue until Wednesday 7th October 2009. All work will be available for viewing prior to the Opening.