Previous Exhibitions

Abeyleix FE&TC Annual Art/Craft/Design Exhibition


Abbeyleix FEC Graduate exhibition

Abbeyleix FE&TC Art Department
Students of QQI level 5 & 6 courses present work in a variety of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, drawing, print and painting. An exciting blend of contemporary art from emerging artists working and living locally.

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Official Opening Friday 6 May, 7pm | Exhibition runs until 18 June

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Kathy Tynan MAIN IMAGE Dunamaise invite talk

Keep some steady friends around

10 March to 30 April 2022

Dunamaise Arts Centre, in association with Kevin Kavanagh present Keep some steady friends around, an exhibition by Kathy Tynan from 10 March to 30 April 2022.
Through the activities of walking and looking Kathy Tynan identifies alternative landmarks in her every day environments, places to rest the eyes that give rise to contemplation. She observes and informally records visual quirks in her surroundings. Such vagaries are later bestowed with temporal emphasis through the medium of paint. Minor variations within a daily routine are a source of constant interest to her. Tynan responds to the possibilities of the surface texture of paint, its ability to mimic real-world surfaces. She looks for clues in unlikely places - the most trivial encounter has the potential to announce the most profound epiphany.
Recent exhibitions include fresh ruins, Kevin Kavanagh, (2021;) The Zurich Portrait Prize, National Gallery of Ireland (2020); Two Painters, Highlanes Gallery (2020); Green Like Now, Kevin Kavanagh (2019); Luminous Twitch, The Lab Gallery (2019) and Everything is in Everything, Sirius Arts Centre (2019). Tynan completed a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and published her first book of paintings, Proud & Strong All Day Long in 2018. In 2019 she was the winner of the Dublin City Council Visual Arts Bursary and was shortlisted for The Hennessey-Craig prize for painting. In 2020 she carried out a residency in St. Patrick's Lodge, Dublin and received a special award from The Golden Fleece.
Kathy Tynan is represented by Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin.
Kathy Tynan was recently in conversation with Kevin Kavanagh at Dunamaise Arts Centre and is now available to watch on YouTube.

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by Tess Ryan

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Artist Bio

Teresa Ryan is a South African born artist.
Her focus on ceramics came about in 2020 as a personal response to living with a chronic illness through the Covid pandemic. She is strongly influenced by the ocean, animals and humour.
"While I hope to achieve visual stimulation, my main objective is to pass remark on my surroundings with the aim to open up thoughtful conversations."
"In this body of work I have explored our connection to earth and looked at how each small piece is intricately connected. My attention in particular was on coral: so beautifully individual, yet pieces that's connected to create reefs and ocean floors, connected to earth, connected to us.
Like pieces in a puzzle, everything is connected. It also means we need all the pieces for the big picture to work".
Each piece is priced at €110
10% of the proceeds will go to Seal Rescue Ireland.
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Kathy Tynan - Keep Some Steady Friends Around

12 March – 30 April

Kathy Tynan, Up Here my Eyes are Green Leaves, 2019, Oil on canvas, 60x60cms

Dunamaise Arts Centre looks forward to hosting this selection of works by acclaimed artist Kathy Tynan, presented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. An Artist Talk will be scheduled for a date to be announced, welcoming audiences to Dunamaise to meet the artist and hear discussions of her practice and career to date.

Kathy Tynan (b.1984) graduated from NCAD in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art Painting and in 2010 with an MA entitled Art in the Contemprary World. Tynan makes loosely representational paintings which focus on details and particularities of everyday environments. She has exhibited widely both in Ireland and abroad. Recent solo and selected two person exhibitions include Two Painters, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, (2020), Luminous Twitch, The Lab, Dublin (2019), Green Like Now, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2019), Atonal Supersound, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2017); Recent group shows include Dubliners, 6th Biennial of Painting, Zagreb (2021), The Way That We Went, Ballinglen, Museum of Art, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo (2021), Home: Being and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland, Glucksman, Cork (2021), The Hennessey-Craig Shortlist, RHA Dublin, (2019), Everything is in Everything, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork (2019), Traversées du Marais, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2018) Trophy Hunters, Dada Post, Berlin (2018); Constellations, Kuvataide Academia, Helsinki (2018); Many Worlds, Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris (2017) and There Are Little Kingdoms, Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow (2016). Tynan completed a three-month residency at the Cité International des Arts, Paris and published her first book of paintings, Proud & Strong All Day Long in 2018.

In 2020, Kathy was shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize, Crawford Art Gallery. In 2019 she was the winner of Dublin City Council’s Visual Arts Bursary and a residency in St. Patrick’s Lodge, Dublin in 2020. Tynan is represented by Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin.

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