Published: March 12, 2002
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. – ” – 2002,” an exhibition that showcases about a dozen Irish and Irish-American artists, runs through March 27 at Boston College’s John J. Burns Library. The library is home to the United States’ most comprehensive collection of materials related to Irish history, culture, literature, politics and music.
The artists work in an interesting blend of media, including bogwood, bronze, marble, ceramic, giclee, oils and textiles, according to exhibit organizer and participating artist DJ Garrity of Boston.
Ailbhe Barrett works from the Three Sisters Gallery in County Limerick, Ireland. She is a landscape painter and works mainly in oils, capturing the “40 shades of green” of the Irish landscape to great effect. Her style varies between early impressionistic and photographic realism, her use of brushstroke between light, precise, deft and the bolder application of color with the palette knife. She also paints in watercolor and soft pastel.
Louise Barrett, also of the Three Sisters Gallery of Limerick, works in acrylics and soft pastels. Her work displays a maturity that belies her age, capturing the hues and tones of the changing light in the Irish landscape. Her works include landscapes of the Canadian Rocky Mountain range, and most recently of the Boston area.
Nell Collins is an Irish artist currently working from Pine Street Studios in Cork. Her pieces are through the medium of oil and are executed in varying sizes. She has shown work throughout Ireland, most recently at the Peoples Gallery, Cork, and the Private Collection in Inishannon. She describes her work as “an expression of the human condition, exploration through color and the eccentricities of form.”
James Culligan studied sculpture, ceramics and textiles at the National College of Art, Dublin, and taught art at Navan Community College for more than 20 years. His interest in painting and restoration developed while he was a member of the Board of Governors and Guardians at the National Gallery of Ireland for five years. Since moving to Boston in 1969, his work could best be described as mixed or multimedia.
Seamas Culligan is originally from County Navan, Ireland. He studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1997. His landscapes and portraits have been widely exhibited and recently shown in Boston, Dublin, Dallas and New York City.
Gerry Dillon works from his studio at Farnane Murroe, County Limerick. A native of Dingle, in County Kerry, his work is inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the seascapes and landscapes – the ever-changing light on waves, the rugged, indented coastline and the rolling mountains – of the Dingle Peninsula.
Ana Duncan, who lives and works in Dublin, deals with aspects of emotion and mood through the exaggeration and manipulation of the female figure in bronze. Her work has most recently been shown in Dublin’s Solomon Gallery.
DJ Garrity is an American stone carver influenced by Celtic myth, legend and literature. His award winning sculpture has been exhibited in Greater Boston, the Island of Nantucket and the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. He is the organizer of ” – 2002.”
Ronnie Graham is a master bogwood sculptor who works from his studio at Kinvara, County Galway. His work is held in galleries both in Europe and the United States. He regularly exhibits at Kenny’s Gallery in Galway.
Irish-born Mark Lynott is mixed-media artist now living in Boston. He received his MFA in 2001 from the Maine College of Art. His work is a continuous evaluation, creating new perceptions of personal identity aided by American culture.
Cincinnati-based Cindy Matyi is the creator of “American Celtic: Beyond the Ninth Wave,” a touring exhibit of Celtic art that has visited New York City, Chicago, Milwaukee and Kentucky. Matyi’s work ranges from the weapons of Bronze Age tribes to the complex and beautiful illuminated manuscripts of Celtic monks. She regularly displays her work in Cincinnati and Santa Fe, N.M.
Seamus McGuinness was born in Inishowen, County Donegal, an area rich in the tradition of the making of cloth. Today he views his work as a link in the evolution of this tradition. He assimilates the values of his community’s textile-making tradition, recasting these skills in a contemporary manner. He uses cloths with personal associations and sculpts structure, imagery and dimension simultaneously. His last exhibition in American was ‘Silent Spaces” at the Irish Arts Center of New York City in 1999.
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