Cathedral of Stones
16 - 31 Oct 2009
Art collectors and even frustrated investors in stocks and shares should make a point of visiting Northern artist Rosie McGurran’s first solo exhibition at the Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin from 16th to 31st October, 2009. A strong landscape and figurative artist, she paints with the skill and bravura of the late Gerard Dillon whose work soared to unrealistic heights during the excess of the Celtic Tiger economy. However, McGurran’s current prices are much more affordable, and she is an artist with a unique vision whose reputation is likely to soar like Dillon’s.
Born in Belfast, she took a degree in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1992 before going on for further studies at the Glasgow School of Art. In 1997 she was awarded the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellowship to the British School of Rome, soon after which she won the Victor Treacy Award at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. Irish Times art critic Brian Fallon wrote “she has a genuinely painterly touch and a dimension of almost surreal imaginativeness”. In 2002 she was elected an associate member of the Royal Ulster Academy. Since then she has participated in a host of group and solo exhibitions from locations as far apart as New York to Reykjavik. Immediately after the opening of her exhibition at the Peppercanister Gallery in Dublin she will travel to Australia where she has been awarded a residency at the celebrated Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Centre for the Arts at Bundanon.
Rosie McGurran lives in Roundstone and works mostly in acrylics and pastels, in the vicinities of Roundstone and Inishlacken, though her sketchbooks are full of preparatory drawings of people and places in Connemara, some of which will feature in this exhibition. The unorthodox landscapes capture the houses and abandoned villages of the West in inimitable colourful fashion. Her more personal strange paintings of women at various activities in the landscape give of clues to her imagination and her arresting introspection.
She was the winner of the Royal Ulster Academy’s prize for landscape painting in 2007, and her work is in many distinguished public and private collections, including Farmleigh House, Ulster Television, Galway City and County Council, National University of Ireland and the National Self–Portrait Collection at the University of Limerick. She was featured in the Art of the State touring exhibition by the Office of Public Works and the Department of Finance 7 Personnel of Northern Ireland.