7 - 30 June 2012

Peppercanister Gallery is pleased to present Synthesis, a celebratory exhibition of 4 outstanding international artists, to mark the 90th birthday of Albert Irvin, RA and the 70th of John Bellany, RA, both of which fall in 2012. The exhibition will also feature work by Tess Jaray, RA. and Paul Jenkins, marking the first time that either of these two renowned artists have shown in Dublin.

Irvin and Bellany both taught at Goldsmith’s College of Art during their lengthy careers as artists and have been friends for many years.

Albert Irvin studied at Northampton School of Art from 1940 to 1941, before serving as a navigator in the RAF during World War II. Throughout his career he has been known for his joyfully expressive and communicative work and exuberant use of high colour. His first solo exhibition was held in 1960 at 57 Gallery, London and since then he has exhibited internationally at galleries including Tate Britain, The Royal Academy and the Hayward. He has had a number of retrospectives, including at the RHA Dublin in 1995.

Born in Port Seton, Scotland in 1942, John Bellany, studied in the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. According to the artist, as a fisherman’s son, the anchors of his life were his Calvinist upbringing and the stories surrounding the 1881 Eyemouth fishing disaster. This is reflected in his work as religious imagery and fishing boats frequently appear. His upcoming retrospective A passion For Life this September at The Scottish National Gallery reflects the esteem with which he is held in his country of birth. He has exhibited in the National Gallery of China and The National Portrait Gallery, London and his work can be found in the permanent collections of many international institutions including MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the V&A, and Tate Britain.

Tess Jaray was born in Vienna, and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she subsequently taught for many years. Her subtle, colourful monochrome paintings reflect a certain restrained modesty that belies her exact, dynamic, artistic vision. She has exhibited in the Whitechapel Gallery, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and the Serpentine gallery, London. Collections include the British Museum, the Arts Council, the V & A Museum and Tate Gallery, London. Her public commissions include Centenary Square, Birmingham, Wakefield Cathedral Precinct, Victoria Station, London and the forecourt for the British Embassy in Moscow.

Paul Jenkins was born in Kansas City in 1923. Jenkins moved to New York City, and his personal explorations of the metaphysical led him to explore mysticism, which would ultimately become dominant in his work. His paintings can be identified by their flowing paint on canvas.  In his early days painting for Jenkins became an intuitive, almost mystical process. He commented, “I paint what God is to me.” In 1953, Jenkins traveled to Paris, where, a year later, he had his first one-man show. Beginning in 1958, Jenkins titled each canvas Phenomena, with additional identifying words. He believed the work to be descriptive of the discovery process inherent in each painting. His work has been exhibited and can be found in the collections of many international galleries including MOMA, the Guggenheim New York, the Whitney Museum New York, Musée du Louvre, and Musée d’Art moderne in Paris. He currently lives in New York.

Special thanks to Gimpel Fils, London, Redfern Gallery, London and The Piper Gallery London for their kind assistance with this exhibition.