George Vaughan: Time Place Memory

Saturday 6 March – Sunday 18 April 2010
George Vaughan : Dark Pond, 122 x 122 cm, 2009, © George Vaughan | George Vaughan: Time Place Memory | Saturday 6 March – Sunday 18 April 2010 | Butler Gallery


In Conversation

George Vaughan: Time, Place, Memory

Friday 26 March, 2010

1 – 2pm

Butler Gallery. Booking recommended

George Vaughan participates in a discussion with staff of the Butler Gallery about his new body of work currently on view in Time, Place, Memory at the Gallery. The talk explores Vaughan’s working processes as an artist and the other passions in his life that influence his work.


Music in the Gallery with Kilkenny Consort

Sunday 18 April, 2010

2 – 3.30pm

Butler Gallery. Booking recommended

An avid musician, artist George Vaughan takes to the floor of the Butler Gallery among his paintings in Time, Place, Memory, to perform with the Kilkenny Consort – a recorder ensemble that usually plays music from the middle ages, renaissance and baroque periods. Who knows how the work in the exhibition will influence the group’s repertoire! Join us for this informal music event for all ages on the last day of the exhibition.

The Butler Gallery is delighted to present TIME PLACE MEMORY, an exhibition of paintings by Kilkenny based artist George Vaughan.

George Vaughan is a respected painter and educator who has been making paintings for over forty years. This collection of abstract expressionist paintings marks an important step forward in Vaughan’s output. These works possess a spontaneity and fluidity of movement that breaks away from any kind of rigid categorisation. Vaughan continues to investigate the complexities of space that painting alone is able to conjure, drawing on the tension between organic and inorganic forms.

Vaughan’s paintings are born from a particular experience, or in reaction to having spent time in a specific place. The title of the exhibition and catalogue TIME PLACE MEMORY is the foundation from which this trinity is born. Time. A contemplation of time in relation to one’s own mortality, a life lived with vitality and purpose. Place. The county of Kilkenny, where he has lived for over forty years, inspires and fuels the work itself. Memory.Ideas for paintings are gathered from many sources – from walking in the woods depicted in the painting Dark Pond; to a quick snapshot, or a strong feeling that stays with the artist to be mulled over and worked out later in the studio. In many of the paintings, a triad is created by an internal border running down each side of the work. Vaughan thinks of these borders as a place for compositional reference, elaborating what’s going on in the central plain of the painting. It’s like a voyage across the work, resolved only towards the end of the painting.

Each painting is an organisation of varying speeds and intensities – a pragmatic practice of the abstract mixing and rearranging of data. At some points the paint is heavily applied and intensely visceral, at other times it is lucidly translucent, creating different temperatures and emotional qualities within a single picture plane. In Winter Pond, an opalescent painting of great beauty, centrifugal graphic nets radiating outwards adds to the sense of freshness and spontaneity these paintings engender. In Embers I and Embers II, the glowing colours and intricate patterns that lurk in the charcoal depths of burning embers, generated by winter bonfires, permeate the canvases.

Inherent in the work is a respect for the cycle of nature demonstrating that where there is death and decay, there is also life and growth. A committed gardener himself, Vaughan tends his plot throughout the seasons, watching it rest in winter and flourish come the spring. As a result of this, the symbolism of nature is never far from his meditations in the studio.

In TIME PLACE MEMORY, George Vaughan has produced a refined body of work, simpler in style, employing a visual vocabulary reflective of the mature artist making work afresh. Vaughan continues to teach part-time but has achieved much with a return to long periods in the studio. At this juncture, he is making the best paintings of his career and so we wait eagerly to see what more will be revealed over his next decade in the studio.

George Vaughan was born in Limerick in 1941 where he lived until he was twenty-seven. He studied at the Limerick School of Art, Limerick, the National College of Art, Dublin, Fischerkoesen Film Studios, Germany and the College of Music, Dublin. He has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and was Course Director of Grennan Mill Craft School, Thomastown for almost thirty years. He lives in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. His work can be found in collections such as The Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Butler Gallery, Limerick City Gallery and private collections in Ireland and abroad.

*A 36 page full Colour Catalogue has been published to coincide with this exhibition & is available at

Image: George Vaughan : Dark Pond, 122 x 122 cm, 2009, © George Vaughan
Saturday 6 March – Sunday 18 April 2010
Butler Gallery
Evans' Home
John’s Quay, Kilkenny
Telephone: +353 56 7761106
Admission / price: Free
Closed 13:00 - 14:00 until March.

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