Friday, April 22, 2011

The Dubliner Magazine - Sentinels Exhibition Review

The Dubliner magazine paid a visit to the Doorway Gallery and my Sentinels exhibition, and they loved it!

Here's what they had to say.....

'The Doorway Gallery is comprised of two levels (ground floor and basement), and a number of individual compartments within these levels. I see quickly that gallery owners Denise Donnelly and Deirdre Carroll have really made the best of an already excellent space, as every area - every nook and cranny - and all of the varying levels of display (of which there are many) - are being utilised with pieces that work with them. To a third party , it seems as if the mission is to have as diverse a collection of artists as possible without compromising the cohesiveness of the show. It's effective here , albeit daring.

Now it has to be said that the works of solo exhibitor, painter Padraig McCaul, command attention. Like a portrait series, McCaul's "Sentinels" uses each canvas to delve into the soul of the subject - in this case, a case or a set of houses. He stagnates the houses in a landscape, emphasising the fact that these objects are fixed in time, enduring endless cyles of inhabitants. What's more, he ignores doors and windows, and keepps a distance from the houses, renedering them isolated and unreachable. I was particularly drawn in by McCaul's work in the left-hand display room in the basement level; being completely surrounded by the paintings almost felt like being encompassed by the windows - each window providing a completely novel glimpse into a quiet, melancholic world.

The scenes McCaul captures are desolate, but maintain the character of the subject he's chosen to highlight. The tone is a refreshing contrast to some of the more light-hearted themes of surrounding works (in the gallery) and again serves to make this a well rounded and multi-domensional exhibition.

Be sure to note the small bursts of bright colour that unexpectedly punctuate some of McCaul's pieces. The Dooraway Gallery and this exhibition are full of special details like this.'

New Studio App Just Launched

You may have noticed this squiggly square on my website for the last couple of weeks. It's a QR Barcode that can be scanned by your iPhone or Android phone and which will connect to my new Studio App.

My Studio App runs on your iPhone or Android phone and provides lots of information about my exhibitions, workshops and galleries as well as showing a portfolio of images of my Limited Edition Prints and original paintings.

Mobile marketing is the next big thing so welcome to the latest technology revolution!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Painting Workshop Season Has Just Started

Just back from a lovely trip to Cork.

I was invited down by the Macalise Art Society to give a demonstration in the Crawford Art Gallery on friday evening. This was my second time to give a demo for the society and it's always a pleasure to do as the society members are really appreciative and made me feel very welcome. Special thanks to Maree and Derek for looking after me so well!

On saturday I held a painting workshop in the SMA centre in Wilton. The first of the year, so it was nice to start with such a nice group of enthusiastic and friendly painters. Mind you, all the people that attend my workshops tend to be really nice! It's one of the perks of the job :-) Here they are hard at work.

Next up is a trip to Achill in May for my workshop on the 7th and 8th and then it's back for a demonstration for the Greystones Art Society on the 10th. I'm really looking forward to that one as it will be my first time meeting the society members.

I have added a new 1 day workshop on the 14th May in my studio in Delgany and will soon be finalising dates in september for a 2 day workshop in the Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, West Cork. Details of all my workshops can be found here.

Pat Kenny launches SENTINELS

The opening night of SENTINELS was a huge success, with people queuing to get in the door at one point! Mind you, there were so many people moving around the gallery that it was almost impossible to look at the art on the walls properly. But it certainly created a "buzz" and there has been a huge follow up to the gallery since.

Thanks to everyone who came along on the night and made it such a great occasion. Especially to Pat Kenny who gave a great speech and was so generous with his time. For anyone that missed him, here is a link to his speech on Youtube.

Congratulations also to Denise and Deirdre on creating such a beautiful gallery. For the newest gallery in Dublin they managed to create quite a sense of occasion and have got a lot of people talking.

P.S. that's the youngest McCaul (baby Tom, 4 months old) in the photo. He decided he was going to hang on to Pat Kenny's finger for the night and wasn't letting go!