Frieda Meaney and Danny Osborne: Landmarks & Lifeforms

Saturday 9 September – Sunday 22 October 2017
Frieda Meaney and Danny Osborne: Landmarks & Lifeforms | Saturday 9 September  – Sunday 22 October 2017 | Limerick City Gallery

Landmarks and Lifeforms is an exhibition by Danny Osborne and Frieda Meaney, two artists who live and work on the Beara Peninsula on the western seaboard. The artists’ interests in geology, biology, marine science and zoology as well as travel and navigation is presented in this exhibition through painting, print, video installation and sculpture, combining scientific with artistic interpretations of the natural world.

Friday 8 September, 3 – 4:30pm: Explore the connections between art and the natural world in a conversation between artists Frieda Meaney and Danny Osborne, Dr. Maria McNamara, Dr. Simon Barrow, and broadcaster and author Éanna Ní Lamhna.

The visual and artistic expression of biology as employed in the work of Frieda Meaney is inspired by the ecosystem as a natural system consisting of plants, animals and micro organisms functioning together within the environment. She depicts the ecosystem in an intuitive way that is inspired by scientific disciplines. She works with images of living and extinct marine, terrestrial and airborne creatures in a way that blurs the lines between their respective realms to create work that portrays an idealistic and imaginative environment.

Her video installation for this exhibition mixes footage of endangered species of fish taken in an aquarium on the island of Tenerife, with the soundtrack of a chorus of birds in a South American jungle. The printed skeletal images of dinosaurs, reptiles and birds, revolving across and layered on the video projection, suggest an evolving world which is constantly changing and adapting to environmental circumstances.

Danny Osborne is fascinated by lava. The primordial material that formed the earth and everything that exists here now, including us, originally came from lava. This creative process continues today, marking the land around active volcanoes with both destructive and creative forces. Using the strong symbolic significance of the material, he developed a method of casting sculptures using red hot lava coming straight out of the vent of a volcano. Film of Danny at work making the sculpture on an erupting volcano is also included in the exhibition.

In another form of visual landmark, he explores the changing perspective of the Beara coastline when viewed from the sea. Recently he spent six days drawing the coast while on the ‘Celtic Dawn’, a local fishing boat working between the Bull Rock and the Mizen. Engraved drawings on whalebone represent some of the reference points that the whale would have registered while navigating these waters.

Lava also features in a large collaborative print work entitled Mater, where Osborne’s images of lava flows are placed side by side with Meaney’s bird, gorilla and human skulls.

Initiated and developed by Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Award.  Landmarks and Lifeforms will continue its tour to the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (3 February to 14 April 2018)  For further information on the tour contact

Saturday 9 September – Sunday 22 October 2017
Limerick City Gallery
Pery Square, Limerick
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