Summer Exhibition

3 Jul - 19 Aug 2009

The Peppercanister Gallery presents its annual Summer Group Exhibition featuring a broad selection of contemporary paintings, prints, sculpture and photography. A large selection of small works will be included in this show, to suit everybody’s budget in these financially turbulent times. This year’s exhibition will feature a small still-life by Liam Belton RHA, who enjoyed his fifth sell-out show at the Gallery last September. Another highlight of the show is the charming small oil Two Sheep by renowned artist Basil Blackshaw HRHA. A number of works by John Bellany, CBE, HRSA, RA, will also feature, among them two quirky inkwash drawings Woman of the Irish Sea and The Odd Couple. John will hold his first one-person show at the Gallery in October 2009.

Neil Shawcross RUA, RHA, will contribute a typically vibrant acrylic work, as will Albert Irvin RA, who also enjoyed solo-show success in October last year. Donegal-based artist Jacinta Feeney, who has become a regular exhibitor at the Gallery, will introduce a recent painting, within which she uses the imagery of an open book as a metaphor to invite the viewer to read the work. This also references Ireland’s scholarly history and the influence of its literature on our culture. Jacinta will hold her first one-person show at the Gallery in September this year. These will be exhibited alongside paintings of exceptional quality by Anne Donnelly, Ann Griffin-Bernstorff and Peter Collis RHA.

Other gallery regulars such as Makiko Nakamura and Sarah Longley are represented by attractive, affordable and carefully chosen works. Ruth McHugh will exhibit two superb recent photographs in the Summer Exhibition, including the other-worldly Phantasmagoria. Irish-born, New York based artist Liam Roberts, contributes a subtly beautiful abstract oil, Lips, filled with energy and power, conveyed by the strength of the brushstrokes. Two lively figurative paintings by Joseph O’Connor will also feature. His recent solo show at the Peppercanister Gallery in June was a great success and received exceptional critical appreciation. His very individual colour sense and quirky compositional style, with its powerful horizontal and diagonal rhythms, have appealed to many connoisseurs who have purchased his work, and watch his unique development with keen interest.

The Summer Show will also feature a number of works by prominent sculptor Brian King and Netherlands-based sculptor Deirdre McLoughlin, renowned for the spare, elegant language of her work in clay, will exhibit some one of her recent creations in bronze.

A number of limited edition prints are also available from distinguished artist Eilis O’Connell RHA. Best known as a sculptor, Eilis has recently explored printmaking, to great effect. The images are wholly abstract, juxtaposing simple shapes and contrasting colours, for example, the striking Pink Composite.

First time exhibitors with the gallery in this show include Anya Waterworth and Rosie McGurran.

The Private View will take place on Thursday 2nd July between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday 19th August 2009.