Posts Tagged ‘fine art’

In tribute to the life of Teddy Doyle

November 25, 2010

Droichead is very excited about the upcoming exhibition ‘In tribute to the life of Teddy Doyle’ which will be opened on Wednesday the first of December from 8pm. The opening night will be a vibrant night full of entertainment, performance, music and of course… ART. The show will include some of his beautiful pieces as well as the works of 20 other artists based in the Drogheda area.

Teddy Doyle trained at the National College of Art and Design in the 1950s and worked as a scenic artist for more than 30 years. He was known around the town and beyond as a fantastic scenic painter, mastering water colours and always about on wonderful trips painting the scenery of the Boyne Valley, very often together with his great friend Liam O’Broin.

It was as an artist that he is best known in this part of the world, but he was also active in the cultural world as a stage manager, an actor, a puppeteer.

He worked on many major productions. His film credits include My Left Foot, which was made at Ardmore Studios in Wicklow. He stage-managed the Maureen Potter pantomimes from 1966-72 and he was also a fixture in Dublin’s Irish language theatre An Damer. Teddy was also an Executive Committee member of Irish Actors Equity and he formed the first union section to represent set designers. Teddy was also a master puppeteer who toured England with a marionette show for four years. There were many strings to his artistry. And these are only a few of the many things Teddy Doyle was involved in in the art and cultural scene of Ireland and beyond.

We are looking forward to the exhibition and hope to welcome you as well. ‘In tribute to the life of Teddy Doyle’ is on from the 1st of December 2010 until the 5th of January 2011.


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Life drawing sessions in Droichead Arts Centre

November 9, 2010

Droichead is delighted to offer a series of 3 evening life drawing sessions in Barlow House. Droichead wants to engage the visual arts community aiming to arise a renewed interest in life drawing which could be further developed when successful.

These are life drawing sessions intended for artists who already have basic drawing skills. The classes do not provide a tutor, they only facilitate the model. They are intended to allow participants to draw a professional life drawing model and to practice their drawing skills. The sessions will focus on giving the participants the opportunity to draw and experiment through their own choice of medium, size and material.

Easels & drawing boards will be provided. Bring your own drawing materials. Tea & biscuits are included in the price.

Practical information

Dates: 17/11; 24/11; 1/12
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Barlow House
Price: €26 for the 3 sessions; subscription and payment in advance required

Interested? Please ring our box office in Barlow House for more information or to subscribe on 041/9833946.

Interview with artist Magnhild Opdøl

October 20, 2010

Until the End - By Magnhild Opdøl

When did you first realise that you are an artist?
Making art is my job, so I guess since I started exhibiting about ten years ago. I have my BA and MFA from NCAD in Dublin, and previous to that I studied visual art at Nordiska Konstskolan for two years in Finland, and before that a year of Art History in Trondheim, Norway. So I guess the road to become an artist working full time has been in the cards for a long time.

Could you tell us some more about your art work?
I love drawing, sculpting, paintings and a lot of other media within visual art. My work is inspired by life, tales, adventures, media, news and art. Even though I use drawing for a lot of my work at the moment, I often let the idea decide the media I choose.

Could you explain the importance of the death theme your work incorporates?
I think death is something a lot of people are afraid of thinking and talking about. I am not one of them, and I think dead animals are very beautiful. I’m interested in the process of de-composing, not only in animals, but all materials. I also like to work with the story before the drawing, using parts of reality in the installation.

Drawing and sculpture seem to be essential to your work. Could you explain the importance of these mediums to you?
The last couple of years I’ve been interested in drawing. I like the history of it, the preciseness and beauty of pencil on paper. Sculptures are also great, using objects as part of the storytelling.

Where does your fascination for taxidermy originate?
I am not really fascinated by taxidermy, I just really like animals and how I can use them in my work. I use taxidermy as a sculptural material. An animal can tell a lot about people too.

I see a delicate balance between darkness and beauty in your work. What’s the importance of each aspect to you?
Beauty is a way into the dark elements. It is the technique that is beautiful, and the image maybe, but I always try to talk about something more serious in my work, whatever that might be. I also use a lot of humour.

Your drawings are very detailed and it must take a while to make them. How long do you work on one drawing on average?
From one week to over a month, depending on how many layers I do, and how big it is.

What feeds your inspiration for your art work?
“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just go to work.”  (Quote by Philip Roth)

Which other artists, both historically and contemporary, do you value highly?
There are a lot of artists of course. I like people who work a lot, that, you could say inspires me. When I see other artists putting a lot of effort and time into their practice it makes me want to work more. I like art with a sense of humour, and good ideas. Metsu who is being shown in the National Gallery at the moment is great, really elaborate and lots of fun details. As for contemporary art I can mention Matias Faldbakken, a fantastic artist from my home country Norway. If I were a teenager, I would have posters of him on my bedroom walls.

Magnhild Opdøl also has a blog giving more information about past, present and future project: http://magnhildopdol.blogspot.com/

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Until the end – Magnhild Opdøl

October 8, 2010

Droichead is delighted to present its new exhibition ‘Until the end’ by artist Magnhild Opdøl. The opening night is scheduled for Wednesday the 13th of October at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Magnhild will exhibit a beautiful series of delicate drawings accompanied with some sculptures. The main body of her recent work is an investigation into the nature of death. Everything has its’ time, after death all that remains is documentation or the memory of the person, the place or object. In the past year the work has dealt with the idea of the end as the beginning, giving a new lineage to the images and objects that are created, where the past stops a new story begins.

Curious what you can expect from this exhibition? Have a look at the slide show below, but mainly make your way to the exhibition. The show runs from the 13th of October until the 20th of November.

Keep an eye on this blog for an interview with the artist next week.

Interview with Jacqui McIntosh

May 6, 2010

Installation View, ‘The Marienbad Palace’, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

Installation view, Laura Buckley, 'In framing light the light frames us', 2010, 'The Marienbad Palace', Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

The Marienbad Palace opened on the Friday the 30th of April. This exhibition is curated by Jacqui McIntosh on the occasion of the Drogheda Arts Festival and is co-produced by The Highlanes Gallery and Droichead Arts Centre.

I came, I saw, I concluded that the exhibition was not only amazing, but also incredibly clever. I wondered who the mastermind behind this project was and shortly after that I met the curator Jacqui McIntosh in person. We had a highly interesting chat about ‘the art of curating’.

Could you tell me some more about your background?

I’ve had an interest in art since I was a child and originally imagined that I would become an artist. At seventeen I went to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee where I moved into Textile Design, but always regained an interest in fine art. When I left college I worked as a freelance textile designer and then interactive/graphic designer in London before moving into writing about visual art and working in galleries. In 2003 I won a competition for critical art writing called ‘Bloomberg New Writers’ and from there started writing for the Guardian and various art magazines – that’s really where things began in terms of working in the arts.

How did you get started as a curator? How did you find your route to this career?

Curating has been a natural progression really from writing about art and working in galleries. I moved to Dublin in 2004 and began working with Kevin Kavanagh Gallery where I remained for four and a half years before moving back to London at the end of 2008. My role as Director at Kevin Kavanagh was really varied, encompassing everything from the day to day running of the gallery to marketing and artist management. I was involved in exhibition programming and curated a number of shows whilst I was there, incorporating more artists from outside Ireland into the gallery programme. I learnt a lot from that process, and from the artists that I worked with at the gallery such as Mark O’Kelly, Stephen Loughman and Diana Copperwhite. Kevin was great to work with and gave me lots of freedom and opportunities to develop as a curator.

How do you define a concept for a new exhibition? Where do you find your inspiration?

I’m inspired by lots of things. I grew up in a family where arts and science mixed (my grandfather was a violinist and music was a huge part of our upbringing thanks to my mum – on the other hand my dad and sister are both electrical engineers) with a mix of the rational and creative around me. That has definitely informed my way of seeing the world and I’d draw from a wide variety of sources for inspiration. In terms of ‘The Marienbad Palace’, the initial idea came from an interest in the idea that reality isn’t really what we perceive it to be and a questioning about what it may actually be. I’m intrigued by ideas of modern physics such as superstring theory and the crossover of ideas within science and philosophy but also the thought that all of these theories may give us only a partial glimpse of what reality may be – ultimately there are no certainties. Just as in Plato’s allegory of the Cave, everything presents only a shadow of truth. At the same time I was rediscovering the work of the writer JG Ballard and reading his short stories and the ideas all kind of coalesced around that.

How long did it take to fully organise and curate “The Marienbad Palace”?

Aoife Ruane, Director of the Highlanes and I have been discussing the idea of my curating a show for over a year, and then it was decided that the show would be part of the Drogheda Arts Festival which I was delighted to be part of. When that was decided the process of getting the show together happened quite quickly over the course of a few months.

Which skills do you need to have in order to be a good curator?

Good people and organisational skills, an ability to see and make connections between artists and works, an understanding of a wide variety of art practices and inquisitive mind.

Do you have any favourite artists?

Francis Alys, Mariele Neudecker, Rebecca Horn are some of my favourites – but I’m also really excited by the work by all the artists in the show that I selected – Laura Buckley, Diana Copperwhite, Jorge De La Garza, Alicja Kwade, Haroon Mirza and Ian Monroe. It was a pleasure to work with all of them.

Do you have any media that you prefer to work with in the shows you curate?

I get most excited about combining different types of media

What is your impression of Drogheda?

I’ve had a great time during my stay in Drogheda. Everyone I’ve worked with at the Highlanes and Droichead Arts Centre has been brilliant and has made me feel really welcome. I’ve been to Drogheda quite a lot previously, whether visiting the Highlanes Gallery or en route to Termonfeckin where I’ve spent numerous weekends at An Grianán playing chamber music.