A solo exhibition of paintings by Olivia O’Dwyer
Saturday 17th October – Saturday 7th November 2015
at D’lush Cafe, Wexford Arts Centre
Wexford Arts Centre in partnership with D’Lush Cafe is delighted to host a solo exhibition of paintings by Wexford based artist Olivia O’Dwyer. As a mixed media painter, Olivia takes her inspiration from natural forms such as the lines of a mountain, the shape of trees in a forest or the silhouette of a bird in flight.
Through her use of bold, tonal colours and softened representations of hedgerows, mountains and natural vista’s, O’Dwyer’s work is a close observation of the landscape. She takes inspiration from natural forms such as clouds, trees and hills which become essential focal points within her work. This sensitivity to natural spaces has allowed her to notice the slope of a distant mountain or the swooping, manmade telephone lines which seem to naturally frame Irish roadsides and waterways, something that is easily overlooked. Despite their apparent simplicity these are detailed paintings, and speak more of the beautiful but changing mood of the Irish environment, and the remarkable differences in colour that can occur through the play of light on the weather from one minute to the next; a factor which is subtle, ethereal and often difficult to define.
Landlines is the culmination of observing this landscape by car and by foot; a personal interaction with the landscape itself. Olivia captures the strength and particular energy of the local environment without over analysing it, and her process remains as natural and instinctive as her subject.
Olivia studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design and has participated in numerous group exhibition. Recent exhibitions have taken place at the Denis Collins Gallery, Co. Wexford (2015), Art Panther, Co. Wexford (2015), Art Bank, Bunclody, Co.Wexford (2015), Carrickmacross Arts Festival, Co. Monaghan (2015), Five Glens Arts Festival, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim (2015), Gallery 1608, Bushmills, Tyrone, Co. Antrim (2014), Art out West, Pembrokeshire, Wales (2014), The Gaslamp Gallery, Gorey, Co. Wexford (2013), The Sweet Shop Gallery, Rosslare Strand, Co.Wexford (2012-13). O’Dwyer’s work is currently held in private collections.
Landlines will run in D’Lush Cafe, Wexford Arts Centre from Saturday 17th October to Saturday 7th November, and opening hours are Monday to Saturday, from 10am-5pm. For further information on the artist or exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.