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Carol Booth



An Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures & Photographs

Dunamaise Arts Centre presents an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs by Carol Booth, which was opened on Friday 9th November by Robert Booth.

Dublin-born and bred, the artist Carol Booth uses experiences from her travels with which to explore themes in her work.

Spending time in France after Art College, she embraced the Romantic language and the culture of the Romantics. Moving to the west coast of the US, she set up her studio in San Diego and travelled extensively throughout Mexico. The juxtaposition of pagan/Christian beliefs among the native Indians of Mexico had a profound effect on her work.

The softer, natural rhythms of the seasons amid the lush green fields of the Irish countryside, where she has now made her home, continue to influence her work.

In relation to her exhibition at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Carol said: “It all started in Spain when I took time out to paint. I lived in a remote area on the east coast up among the olive groves. It was then I learned to appreciate the beauty of the olive tree, its age, its grace and individual charm...and so this body of work began. As opposed to painting a direct copy - I like to paint the feeling”.

Carol ventured into theatre set designing during her seven years in California. While there, she exhibited her paintings, mainly in group shows.

A marriage led her into the Irish antiques industry and, on her return to Europe; Carol studied the ancient art of gilding in London. She eventually set up the Hugenot Studio in Dublin's Francis Street, renowned as the hub of the antiques trade in the city. Over the span of 17 years and with the help of a staff of seven, Carol worked with the leading antique dealers in the country, restoring treasured family heirlooms and objets d’art, in addition to receiving private commissions.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. She lives in County Laois with her second husband Arthur.

Carol Booth’s exhibition at the Dunamaise Arts Centre will continue until 30th November.

Adrienne Geoghegan


Dunamaise Arts Centre presents

An exhhibition of children's book illustrations




17th October - 3rd November 2012

Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to present an exhibition of work by Illustrator Adrienne Geoghegan from Wednesday 17th October to Saturday 3rd November 2012.

Painting, collage and assemblage are Adrienne Geoghegan’s passions. She studied illustration at Kingston University in the UK, where she developed her ‘beloved shadow boxes’. Adrienne was awarded a 1st class BA(hons) however, surprisingly, her first paid work came through a children’s book agent – and subsequently, Adrienne was shortlisted for the McMillan prize in Children’s Picture Books.

Her work has been translated into many languages, and Adrienne continues to create ideas for picture books. She also illustrated articles for many London publishers, including The Guardian and the Economist. In 1994 Adrienne returned to Dublin, to a shared studio space, The Fifty-Fifty off Liffey Street.

Adrienne lectured in various colleges and freelanced for various national and international newspapers and publications and regularly runs workshops.

She is currently working in her home studio in Stoneybatter, Dublin making her box art assemblages, painting, illustrating and writing stories.

All are welcome to visit our gallery and Adrienne Geoghegan’s exhibition will continue until 3rd November 2012.

The Dunamaise gallery is open daily Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. Guided visits to the gallery by school groups or organisations can be arranged by contacting the Dunamaise Box office on 057 866 3355.

Conor Walton-Allegories of Painting


Dunamaise Arts Centre presents

Allegories of Painting



14th September - 13th October 2012

Dunamaise Arts Centre is honoured to present Conor Walton’s ninth solo-exhibition which was opened in the gallery by Carey Clarke PPRHAon Friday 14th September at 7pm.

Allegories of Painting is an exhibition of figure paintings by Conor Walton exploring themes that reflect upon the nature and power of painting itself. The artist conceives these pictures as painterly 'acts of faith' and challenges himself to realise the potential of his art while symbolically commenting on the process.

Conor’s work is considered to be defined by a concentration of thought and dedication to skill in composition as well the exquisite and expert application of paint.  His captivating still lifes, portraits and landscapes are worlds of their own, worlds that tempt you to walk into them, and connect even deeper than their beautifully wrought surfaces.

 Walton says that his artworks play complex games that seek to “provoke thought, to stir up the mental sediments, to sum something up. The idea that a painting can be a microcosm, a compressed or metaphorical image of the world, complete on its own terms, is what interests me.”

Currently based in Wicklow, Conor Walton (b.1970) studied painting at NCAD, winning the Taylor Prize in 1993, the year of his graduation. After further studies in the UK and Italy, Conor returned to full-time painting in Ireland in 1996. Five solo-exhibitions followed with Jorgensen Fine Art in Dublin. Since winning 3rd Prize for Painting at the Florence Biennale in 1999, Conor has developed an international career and now exhibits widely outside of Ireland, with recent solo shows in the UK, Denmark and Norway. His portraits have won prizes at the BP Portrait Award and Portrait Ireland (both 2005) and his works are found in public and private collections worldwide.

All are welcome to visit our gallery and Conor Walton’s exhibition will continue until 13th October 2012.

The Dunamaise gallery is open daily Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm. Guided visits to the gallery by school groups or organisations can be arranged by contacting the Dunamaise Box office on 057 866 3355.

Culture Night

CULTURE NIGHT 2012 - Conor Walton gives a talk to Art Students from Abbeyleix College of Further Education.

Conor will also give a talk in the gallery at 10am on Thursday 11th October. If you are interested in coming along please let us know.


Conor Walton Opening Night  Conor Walton Opening Night  Paul MacCormaik James Hanley Roisin McGarr and Cecelia Moore

Funded by

The Arts Council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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