Photographer and artist Daniel Holfeld’s new exhibition “The Space Between” opens on February 25 – March 5, at RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Distinctive, vivid and abstract, his new series is inspired by the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragan, who claimed “any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake.” Clean lines, bold colours and hidden sources of light all convey a sense of calmness in Holfield’s new paintings; www.danielholfeld.com
“Dublin Fragments: The Pearson Collection,” opens this Thursday, February 21 – March 22 at City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2. Presented by The Irish Georgian Society and curated by artist Peter Pearson, the collection comprises many architectural artefacts (fan lights, ironwork, coloured tiles, plasterwork and timber details) saved from demolished houses and buildings in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland. “The eclectic and wide ranging nature of the collection presents an opportunity to see these very varied building features out of context. Today, most significant buildings are protected, thus it is (or should be) impossible to salvage such artefacts as these rescued since the sixties from demolished buildings. We hope it will be an informative and artistic experience for visitors as most of the pieces have a story to tell and are very beautiful in their own right,” says Donough Cahill, Executive Director, Irish Georgian Society. The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of Pearson’s atmospheric artworks; www.igs.ie
So Fine Art Editions, located on the second floor of the Powerscourt Centre, will be hosting an exhibition by Dr Barbara Rae for one month from Thursday February 27 – March 26. The Royal Academician painter and master printmaker’s works are defined by a sense of place, people and the passing of time with powerful, fluid brush strokes and outstanding colour. The current exhibition is inspired by her journeys to Italy, France, Spain, USA and the Arctic. Before beginning to sketch, Rae spent weeks meeting people in each particular location, researching local history and delving into the spirit of the place. She then brought that research back to develop it into prints and paintings in her Edinburgh studio. The exhibition will include screen prints, etchings and monoprints; www.powerscourtcentre.ie
Leonard Sexton’s “Urban Shadows” exhibition will be at the The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, from March 5 – 26, which he defines as “Painting about time and place in the city, as a draw of energy, lost and gained. Painting over the city’s association with ‘the new renaissance of ideas’. Binding painting to an emotional duration. Fixing the cityscape as an emotional symbol within a structure of painting.” Starting as a simple narrative, Sexton draws on memories and imagination to create his often complex artworks, filled with symbolism; www.thedoorwaygallery.com
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