Summer Exhibition

17 Jul - 20 Aug 2008

The Peppercanister Gallery presents its annual Summer Exhibition featuring an attractive selection of modern Irish paintings, drawings, sculpture and original prints by Irish artists of distinction and achievement. This year’s exhibition will feature major works by gallery artists such as Liam Belton RHA, who will present his fifth solo-exhibition in the Gallery in September this year. Also included will be two large and vibrant ‘product paintings’ by Neil Shawcross RUA, RHA, which have always proved very popular with regular gallery-goers. Work by Breon O’Casey will include three works in acrylic on paper comprising a striking Reclining Nude, an earthy landscape and a still-life. Both Neil and Breon enjoyed very successful one-person shows at the Gallery earlier in the year, with Breon’s opening on the occasion of his 80th birthday in April.

Highlights of the show also include two works in oil by Mary Swanzy HRHA, one of the masters of Irish modernism and a new work by leading Irish painter Basil Blackshaw HRHA. Also included is a vibrant new work by Francis Tansey, alongside paintings of exceptional quality by Anne Donnelly, Ann Griffin-Bernstorff and Peter Collis RHA. Highly-regarded Northern artist Brian Ballard RUA, who held his first solo exhibition at the Peppercanister in April 2007 will exhibit a large, impressive still-life entitled Sunflowers and Sky. A number of works by remarkable painter and performance artist Robert Janz will also feature in this show. His sensitive, exquisite paintings of flowers and his fragile mixed-media sculptures of animals have underlying issues of mortality and damage to the natural environment. The Gallery will also be showing two pieces from world-renowned Argentinian artist Adolfo Estrada. Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, he has been living and working in Spain for the past forty years. He will contribute two recent oils on canvas – abstract works which have been reduced to a fundamental vocabulary of colour and line, based on the constructivist aesthetic. Regular visitors to the Gallery may be familiar with two of his Construcciones – abstract sculptures in oil and wood – which excited a lot of interest in our Wall & Plinth exhibition which opened the Gallery programme for 2008.

Donegal-based artist Jacinta Feeney, who has become a regular exhibitor at the Gallery, will introduce two recent paintings, within which she uses the imagery of an open book as a metaphor to invite the viewer to read the work. Younger gallery artists such as Makiko Nakamura, Graham Gingles RUA and Sarah Longley are represented by attractive, affordable and carefully chosen works. Ruth McHugh will exhibit two superb recent photographs in the Summer Exhibition. She will also hold a one-person exhibition ‘Tracery’ from 15th – 27th July as part of the Galway Arts Festival. It will be held in the Aula Maxima, University College, Galway.

The show will also include a series of delicate, abstract gouaches by Irish-born, New York based artist Liam Roberts, who just recently enjoyed a successful first one-person exhibition at the Gallery.

The Summer Show also features bronzes by Breon O’Casey and Sonja Landweer and a unique Indian Star in Jaipur red granite by Sligo-born sculptor Eileen McDonagh, renowned as an exceptional carver of stone.

There will also be a selection of limited edition prints available for purchase from artists such as Albert Irvin RA and Louis le Brocquy HRHA.

The Private View will take place on Wednesday 16th July 2008 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday 20th August 2008.