Emerging Contemporary: Seán Guinan, Bennie Reilly, George Warren
Opening Reception Thursday 2 May, 6 – 8pm
George Warren was born in 1988 and currently lives and works in Dublin; he attended art school at the Fine Art Department of the Dublin Institute of Technology and at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Netherlands. He is currently completing a MFA at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin. In his 2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition, Irish Times art critic Aidan Dunne identified Warren’s “hermetic mode of painting” further describing his work as compelling and not averse to taking risks”.
Born in County Galway in 1983, Seán Guinan was educated at Limerick School of Art and Design and has been regularly exhibiting in public and commercial galleries since graduating from that college in 2007. His most recent one-person exhibition was at Limerick City Gallery of Art.
Guinan’s practice revolves around painting. The work deals with illogical spaces that unfold into an unlikely narrative, creating a visual passage between past and future, between real and imagined – always searching for a way out of perplexity, ambivalence, inconsistency and contradiction. Guinan has also been involved in curating a number of important exhibitions and is the director of Wickham Street Studios, Limerick.
Born in Dublin in 1982, Bennie Reilly is one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary artists. Educated at the Institute of Art, Design Technology (IADT) Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, and Kingston University, London, Bennie has exhibited extensively at important public and commercial galleries; her work forms part of significant state and private collections in her native Ireland and elsewhere.
Using her own brand of magic realism through painting, drawing and craft-based three-dimensional work, Reilly conjures representational forms and patterns from the anti-chaos of nature. Reilly seeks out and celebrates the oddities and intricacies of the natural world while demonstrating a strange visual dialogue which can occur when our eyes meet the unfamiliar and when a subject or surface is looked at either too fixedly or fleetingly.
10.30 am – 5 pm (Mon – Fri), 10.30 am – 3 pm (Sat)