Coinciding with Wexford Festival Opera Wexford Arts Centre are delighted to host
Lower Gallery: Palimpsest by John Noel Smith
Upper Gallery: Long Journey in a Short Space by Marie Hanlon
Exhibitions run from Sunday 21st October to Saturday 17th November
Palimpsest by John Noel Smith
A painter of large scale, heavily layered, abstract canvases, John Noel Smith has been described as “a brilliant painter” whose works are “frictions torn from conversations, sometimes shouted, between order and chaos, truth and lies, space and time.’ Smith himself says his works are drawn from the realm of culture; they are not directly rooted in the natural world, concept replaces empirical observation, art is seen in terms of reconstruction instead of being a simulacrum of the visible world and painting instead constructs a clear vision of the essence of the phenomenal world. In the work he has created for Palimpsest, Smith uses the cruciform as a central theme; the sacred and profane mingling in interchangeable and enigmatic ways. John Noel Smith has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and his works are in most of the major collection in the country including the Arts Council, Bank of Ireland and the OPW.
Long Journey in a Short Space by Marie Hanlon
Although known mainly as an abstract painter, recent developments in Marie Hanlon’s practice demonstrate an interest in other forms of art making. She has collaborated with composer Rhona Clarke on projects such as Pas de Quatre, Relic, and a two person show, Between the Lines, The Burren College Gallery, Co. Clare. For Long Journey in a Short Space, Hanlon has produced a body of paintings and drawings. These delicate and cleanly composed works explore spatial relationships, constantly seeking a point of balance while at the same time achieving an elegant mysteriousness. Hanlon’s works are in many public and private collections including the OPW, Goldman Sachs, Guinness & Mahon Bank and the Contemporary Art Society or Ireland.
John Noel Smith and Marie Hanlon are represented in Ireland by Hillsboro Fine Art and the Rubicon Gallery respectively.
View the link below to hear artist John Noel Smith talk about his current body of exhibition Palimpsest.
Also opening on Saturday 20th October
…fishes, cockerels, felines… by Mary Wallace and Gilly Thomas
The Annexe, at 3 John’s Gate Street, will host an exhibition by Wexford based artists Mary Wallace and Gilly Thomas entitled “…fishes, cockerels, felines…” comprising of a collection of new paintings and sculptures exploring the natural side of life – pure intuitive shapes, simplicity of lines and beauty of colour found in nature. Both artists have regularly showcased their work throughout the South-East, displaying a shared energy, enthusiasm and passion for their practice.
Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am-6pm from 20th October to 4th November
Night and Day by Oonagh Latchford
Wexford Arts Centre is delighted to present Night and Day, an exhibition of new paintings by Wexford based artist Oonagh Latchford. In this body of work, Latchford explores the depiction of light and in particular, the effects of high contrast and over-saturation produced by strong sunlight. Similarly, artificial lighting at night is explored as the artist is concerned with the obliteration of detail by both natural and artificial sources to reveal what is essential of her subject. Oonagh Latchford graduated from Wexford Campus School of Art & Design, Carlow IT, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.
Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday: 9am-5pm and Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm from 20th October to 4th November