Opening Night at The Aisling Gallery in Ballydehob

Last Friday evening saw the opening of a joint show of new paintings by Donagh and fellow West Cork artist, Janet Murran at the Aisling Gallery in Ballydehob.  Both artists take inspiration from the West Cork rural landscape to create a diverse collections of paintings.  Janet's new work, Garden of Eden, shows the viewer the often overlooked grasses, flowers and ferns of hedgerows.  Donagh's oil sketches feature the less common views of local villages and landscapes alongside his oil painting series, Three Towers, based on Three Castles Head on the Mizen Peninsula.  

The gallery is above Rosie's Bar on the main street in Ballydehob and is open Monday to Friday from 4-9pm and Saturday & Sunday from 2-9pm.  The exhibition continues until Monday 25th September.

Before the guests arrive for the official exhibition opening, Donagh Carey with Janet Murran and her Garden of Eden painting series

Before the guests arrive for the official exhibition opening, Donagh Carey with Janet Murran and her Garden of Eden painting series

Friends, visitors and collectors at the opening night

Friends, visitors and collectors at the opening night

Janet Murran with photographer Dolph Kessler

Janet Murran with photographer Dolph Kessler

Janet and Donagh at the opening of their joint show, beside Donagh's painting One Hundred Paces from his Three Towers series, based on the historic Three Castles Head on the Mizen peninsula.

Janet and Donagh at the opening of their joint show, beside Donagh's painting One Hundred Paces from his Three Towers series, based on the historic Three Castles Head on the Mizen peninsula.

New Exhibition Opening Soon in Ballydehob

 

Coming up - a joint show of new work with Janet Murran at the Aisling Gallery in Balleydehob.  The official opening is on Friday 8th September from 7-9pm and all are welcome to come along to view the work and meet the artists.  

 

The gallery is situated above Rosie's Bar and the opening times are Monday to Friday 4-9pm and Saturday & Sunday 2-9pm, so you can take your pint of Murphys or glass of wine in to the gallery with you, for a wander and a gander.

 

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Three Towers - Blue House Gallery

Donagh Carey's latest series of paintings, Three Towers, opened at the Blue House Gallery in Schull, West Cork  last Friday.

Donagh Carey with sculptor Barry Linnane, whose bronze and metalwork sculptures are exhibited alongside Donagh's paintings

Donagh Carey with sculptor Barry Linnane, whose bronze and metalwork sculptures are exhibited alongside Donagh's paintings

 It is a body of work inspired by Dun Locha, meaning castle on the lake, which is commonly know as Three Castles Head, situated on the Mizen Penninsula.  Donagh has delved into the history and atmosphere of this remote area of Ireland, in a century when tools and engineering were rudimentary, but effective enough to build an extraordinary fortress of stone.  In the 12th century, Donagh the Migratory was forced back by aggressors to the furthest most point, where he built a mural wall fort incorporating the three towers and flanked on the other sides by cliffs and the atlantic ocean.  Constructed beside a fresh water lake, the castle provided sanctuary and protection for Donagh the Migratory's clan and was never attacked.  Donagh Carey's paintings, with titles including 'Mural Wall', 'Last Bastion', 'Promontory' and 'Flank' are a response to the imagined isolation of those earlier centuries and the atmosphere experienced exploring the castle remains nowadays.  

At the official opening, painting Breaking Waves to the right with bronze sculpture by Barry Linnane

At the official opening, painting Breaking Waves to the right with bronze sculpture by Barry Linnane

From left to right, Promontory, Last Bastion and One Hundred Paces

From left to right, Promontory, Last Bastion and One Hundred Paces

On opening night, with the painting Mural Wall far right and Headland, a series of four, to centre

On opening night, with the painting Mural Wall far right and Headland, a series of four, to centre

The exhibition continues until Tuesday 15th August and is open daily from 11am to 5pm.  

View more paintings from Donagh's Three Towers series.

Facing West - Boyle Arts Festival 2017

The Boyle Arts Festival, now in it's 28th year, takes place every summer with the main visual arts exhibition housed in the splendid setting of King House.  "Facing West" is the centre piece of the festival, featuring over a hundred established and emerging artists who presented works in various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, textile, ceramics and photography.  

 

The exhibition has been curated by Paul McKenna and was officially opened on Thursday 20th July at 8pm in King House by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Culture

 

Earlier in the year, Donagh was approached to submit work for 'Facing West' exhibition and 'Refuge, Epoch ll' was subsequently selected.  It is one in a series of three from Donagh's wider Epoch series, inspired by the 6th Century hermitage on Skellig Michael.  Specifically, the openings of the stone bee hive dwellings in which the monks sought sanctuary from the hardship of their lives and the weather on the tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean, 12 miles off the Kerry coast.

 

Among the exhibiting artists included are Hughie O’Donoghue, Katherine Boucher Beug, Tom Climent, Eilis O'Connell and John Shinnors. Donagh was delighted to learn that Karen Hendy with whom he had previously shared a studio, was also an invited artist.

 

The exhibition continues until Friday 18th August and the gallery is open daily from 11am to 6pm.

For more information about the Boyle Arts Festival click here.

'Facing West' exhibition in King House

'Facing West' exhibition in King House

Donagh's painting Refuge, Epoch ll in situ

Donagh's painting Refuge, Epoch ll in situ

Refuge, Epoch ll oil on canvas

Refuge, Epoch ll oil on canvas

Exhibition of New Work at Lennons Restaurant at the VISUAL Arts Centre

It was an early start for Donagh Carey, to transport his paintings to Carlow and hang in Lennons Restaurant at  the VISUAL Arts Centre before it opened for Sunday Brunch.  The Byrne family, who are the hospitality behind the restaurant gave Donagh a warm welcome. Sinead Byrne slipped off her shoes to climb up on the seating and help with the hang, whilst her son Ross who is the chef, prepared a much appreciated post-hang lunch.

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The award winning restaurant has been situated on the ground floor of the VISUAL Arts Centre since 2009 and was previously at another location in Carlow town for several years.  The owners are keen to show the work of selected contemporary artists in the restaurant and exhibitions change every few weeks.   

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There's always a thrill for the artist to see paintings that have been toiled over for weeks, months and even years, come together and exhibited as a coherent collection.  

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This new collection of oil paintings by Donagh Carey is a revisit to the theme of the Skellig Islands and Ballinskellig.  The Monastic settlement in the early centuries have become an enduring pre-occupation in Donagh's work and here he explores the idea of sanctuary, the effects of time and solitude.

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This was an exciting opportunity for Donagh to show some of his larger oil paintings.  Shown here from left to right, Sanctuary, Chalice Stone and Refuge. 

Lennons restaurant is open as follows;

DINNER THURSDAY – SATURDAY FROM 6PM
EARLY BIRD ALL NIGHT THURSDAYS, 6-7PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY
LUNCH 7 DAYS FROM 12PM

'Legacy' at L'Atitude 51 Janet Murran & Donagh Carey

 

L’Atitude 51 Wine Cafe on Union Quay overlooks the River Lee in Cork City and the historic building dates back to the 19th century.  Over the years, it has had many guises – its most famous as The Lobby Bar - an iconic Cork music venue of the 80’s and 90’s.  Today, it continues as a music venue, but also offers many more reasons to visit.  A large blackboard lists over fifty wines, hinting at L'Atitude's serious wine list for a discerning or curious palette and it's no surprise that they appear in the Sunday Business Post's "Top 10 Wine Bar's in Ireland" 2016.

Curator, Antoinette Moore, hanging Donagh's oil sketches.

Curator, Antoinette Moore, hanging Donagh's oil sketches.

The upstairs room at L'Atitude 51 showing paintings by Janet Murran and Donagh Carey.   Photo credit to L'Atitude 51.

The upstairs room at L'Atitude 51 showing paintings by Janet Murran and Donagh Carey.  
Photo credit to L'Atitude 51.

 

The Wine Cafe also provides a venue for artists to show their work, right in the city centre in an informal and social space.  Donagh Carey, along with fellow West Cork artist Janet Murran, is currently exhibiting a new series of oil sketches and paintings.  L'Atitude are happy for art appreciators to wander in and browse, although the aroma of coffee and sight of made in-house patisserie is a good reason to linger for longer.  

 

 

 

A taste of Donagh Carey's oil sketches showing at 'Legacy' in L'Atitude 51.

Morrison's Quay, oil on board, Painting 15cm x 15cm, Framed 40cm x 40cm

Carbery's Lane Rosscarbery, oil on board, Painting 15cm x 15cm, Framed 40cm x 40cm

 
 

Tim's Farm, Evening ll, oil on board, Painting 15cm x 15cm, Framed 40cm x 40cm

 

L'Atitude 51 is situated on Union Quay, Cork city and opens as follows;

Mon 9.30am - 8pm
Tues - Thurs 9.30 - 11pm
Fri 9.30am - 12.30am
Sat 4pm - 12.30am
 

Christmas Show At The Narrow Space

The Narrow Space gallery in Clonmel begins it's Christmas celebrations with a collection of new work by invited artists this Friday evening.  The Exhibition will be opened by David Anchell of Camida at 8pm and features oil sketches by Donagh Carey and work by fellow West Cork artist Janet Murran.  Other showing artists include Ann Brennan, Kenneth Bolger, Mia Carney, Brigid Delahunty, Eugene de Leastar, Ella Kavanagh, Gerard O’Connell, Tony O’Connor, Dervla O’Flaherty and Olive Stack.

The Narrow Space is situated on Mitchel Street, Clonmel and opens Monday to Friday from 10.30am - 2.30pm and 3.15 - 5.30pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am - 5.30pm.  The exhibition continues until the 21 January 2017.

Two Of A Kind: From Sea To Sky

 

The latest exhibition at The Aisling Gallery in Ballydehob features Fiona Power and Cormac O'Leary who have collaborated on this joint exhibition and have been fellow artists since meeting at art college in Sligo in the 1980s.  Their differing approaches to the theme From Sea To Sky, creates an exhibition which is pleasingly cohesive and yet diverse.

At the opening of From Sea To Sky at The Aisling Gallery

A selection of Fiona's paintings showing at The Aisling Gallery

Cormac O'Leary was born in Cork City and after studying painting at Sligo RTC he moved to Barcelona where he immersed himself in art and culture.  Cormac has now returned to Ireland with his family and is based in Leitrim. He has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, the UK and US and his work is held in private and public collections across the world.

 

Fiona Power was a founder member of establishing the Pigeon Loft Studios in Sligo, then following a move to Cork City, she became a member of Backwater Artists Studios.  Now she lives with her family in West Cork with a studio overlooking Dunmanus Bay and the Sheeps Head Peninsula.

Donagh with Cormac O'Leary

Donagh with artists Fiona Power, Helen O'Keeffe and Cormac O'Leary

The Aisling Gallery is above Rosie's Bar in Ballydehob and opens from 4pm-9pm on weekdays and from 2pm-9pm at weekends, or by appointment.  Two Of A Kind: From Sea To Sky continues until the end of September.

'Take 3' Art Show Opens in Ballydehob'

The 'Take 3' artists, Diarmuid Breen, Janet Murran and Donagh Carey met at Art School and have continued to collaborate and come together to show work.  'Take 3' is a diverse exhibition of new paintings with each artist having their own preoccupations and focus.  The Aisling Gallery becomes a place to explore their individual themes and artistic processes and how the creation of one painting instigates a series of new work.  

Take 3 poster

 

 

Thinking About Irish History - The Union Workhouse, Schull

The theme for the opening group exhibition of the year at The Blue House Gallery, Schull was 'The History Show', where thirty local artist were invited to submit work on any historical subject to mark the 1916 Easter Rising Centennial. Donagh responded to the theme by focusing on his immediate locality, always desiring to learn more about the environment in which he lives. On the road from Schull to Ballydehob, is a high, fairly significant section of stone built boundary wall, behind which was the former Workhouse.

Union Workhouse, Schull ll, 2016  -  Oil on board, Painting 14cm x 14cm, Frame 40cm x 40cm

Union Workhouse, Schull ll, 2016  -  Oil on board, Painting 14cm x 14cm, Frame 40cm x 40cm

 

Walking across the pastoral and tranquil grounds that once housed the Union Workhouse in Schull, it is hard to imagine the suffering and hardship endured by the 'inmates' whose circumstances had brought them to the admittance entrance. Little is left now of what must have been an formidable institution, which simultaneously offered salvation to those who were starving and destitute, but also shame that they could no longer look after themselves.

Union Workhouse, Schull l, 2016   -  Oil on board, Painting 14cm x 14cm, Frame 40cm x 40cm

 

More than a hundred workhouses already existed in Ireland, but the Schull Workhouse was one of 33 which opened as a response to the famine. On arrival, families were separated into male and female wards with another section for children. In addition to the sleeping accommodation, there was a maternity ward, chapel, mortuary, kitchen, refectory and school – children were meant to be schooled, but in reality this rarely happened. Women were set to work in the laundry and men worked on the land in exchange for basic food. Life was bleak, often with overcrowding, disease and poor nutrition and with staff who were inadequately trained to supervise.

Union Workhouse, Schull lll, 2016   -   Oil on board, Painting 14cm x 14cm, Frame 40cm x 40cm

Union Workhouse, Schull lll, 2016   -   Oil on board, Painting 14cm x 14cm, Frame 40cm x 40cm

 

A mile from Schull, the building was designed to house 600 people on it's eleven acres and must have been architecturally impressive. In the peaceful, now ruined grounds, it's hard to imagine the site once occupied by hundreds of desperate and physically debilitated people. Many only survived the hardship of those brutal times, because they could enter the Workhouse, but they only did so as a last resort, having no other option. In 1921, the Union Workhouse in Schull was burned down by the IRA, fearing it would be used as barracks by the British Army, also destroying it's records, testimonies and documents. So the stories of ancestors who endured those times are erased, leaving only fragments of the building, the boundary wall, the gates.

 

 

'Epoch, Skelligs l' shows at VUE 2015 in the RHA, Dublin

Donagh Carey was invited by the Catherine Hammond Gallery to have one of his paintings featured at VUE 2015, the annual art fair held at the Royal Hibernian Academy in early November.  The exhibition is Ireland's most prestigious showcase for the top galleries and provides investors, collectors and visitors the opportunity to view the work of leading Irish contemporary artists.  

Twenty galleries participated in Ireland's National Contemporary Art Fair this autumn at the RHA, Dublin.

Twenty galleries participated in Ireland's National Contemporary Art Fair this autumn at the RHA, Dublin.

The 'Epoch' series is a body of work informed by the entrances to the Monastic Hermitage on Skellig Michael, one of the Skellig Islands seven sea miles off the coast of Valentia.  The remote Hermitage was built by monks in the 6th Century and inhabited for six hundred years before it was abandoned.  This painting is a response to Donagh Carey's experiences on Skellig Michael.

'Epoch, Skelligs l' shown with the Catherine Hammond Gallery at VUE 2015.

'Epoch, Skelligs l' shown with the Catherine Hammond Gallery at VUE 2015.

Visiting the Catherine Hammond Gallery stand.

Visiting the Catherine Hammond Gallery stand.

The Catherine Hammond Gallery represents some of Ireland's leading contemporary artists and has held exhibitions for Hughie O'Donoghue, Donald Teskey and Charles Tyrrell.  For twelve seasons the gallery was based at Glengarriff and is due to reopen in March 2016 in Skibbereen.

The RHA at Ely Place in Dublin city centre, places itself at the heart of Irish Contemporary Art, supporting and promoting Irish art and artists. Further information can be found at; www.rhagallery.ie www.hammondgallery.com

The RHA at Ely Place in Dublin city centre, places itself at the heart of Irish Contemporary Art, supporting and promoting Irish art and artists.

Further information can be found at;

www.rhagallery.ie

www.hammondgallery.com

Donagh Carey to show in the RHA, Dublin at VUE 2015

Donagh Carey is delighted to be one of the featured artists showing with the Catherine Hammond Gallery at VUE 2015 in the RHA which opens later this week.   This annual Dublin contemporary art fair includes twenty of Ireland's best galleries and runs from Thursday 5th November until Sunday 8th November. 

 'Epoch, Skelligs l' is one of a series of paintings based on Donagh's response to the Monastic Hermitage on Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast. 

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Follow the links below for further information and opening times of VUE 2015;

http://hammondgallery.com/wordpress/vue-2015

http://www.vueartfair.ie/

 

 

Artist's Talk on 'Skelligs - From Sea To Summit' at Origin Gallery, Dublin

Dublin's galleries took over the city during the recent Dublin's Gallery Weekend.  Thirty galleries hosted sixty visual arts events, including show openings, curator talks and walking tours.  Donagh Carey gave an Artist's Talk on Saturday afternoon at Origin Gallery, Fitzwilliam Street about his art exhibition inspired by his sojourns to the Skellig Islands.  Telling stories from his initial arrival on Skellig Michael in treacherous weather conditions, to the unimaginable hardship for the monks living in the 6th Century Hermitage and how he responds to these experiences in his paintings. 

Addressing the gathering at Origin Gallery for his Artist's Talk about 'Skelligs - From Sea To Summit' exhibition. 

Addressing the gathering at Origin Gallery for his Artist's Talk about 'Skelligs - From Sea To Summit' exhibition. 

Discussing one of the Skellig Series paintings.

Discussing one of the Skellig Series paintings.

Good times at Dublin's Gallery Weekend.

Good times at Dublin's Gallery Weekend.

At the opening of Charles Tyrrell New Paintings

The exhibition by Charles Tyrrell of New Paintings at Uillenn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, was officially opened by Aidan Dunne and runs until 19th September 2015.

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Chatting with Charles Tyrrell at the opening of his show of New Paintings.

Looking down upon the paintings and the gathering in the  James O'Driscoll Gallery.

Viewing the new work by Charles Tyrrell  in Gallery ll at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen.