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01 October 2008

Upcoming Exhibition - Sara Sue McNeil

Senator Fidelam Healy Eames will open

Solo Exhibition featuring

Sara Sue McNeil

"Changing Light / Changing Views"


Bold Art Gallery

on Friday 17th October 2008

@ 6.00 pm

Sara Sue McNeil, can be describes as an impressionist landscape painter, she uses the palette of violets and purples to Rustles reds and Oranges to get this fest for the eye, to bring the bog with all it textures alive, “Changing Light / Changing Views” show the texture in the west of Ireland the raw colour of the people and the countryside, giving great haunting beauty to her subject, of bog, boat and the simple but very complex Galway walls.

Upcoming Exhibition - Joby Hickey

When one mentions the Hickey family name – great art literally springs to mind. Joby is the son of renowned painter, etcher, lithographic artist, architect and designer, Patrick Hickey. Joby’s father had founded the Graphic Studio Dublin in 1961, and his characteristic painting technique developed out of his printmaking methods.

Stylistically he couldn’t be more far removed from his father’s work. Joby’s work is thoroughly unique and his subject matter has captured the zeitgeist of a generation. His artwork is the painterly equivalent of the major cultural changes, which this country has experienced over the last ten years. His cityscapes and car paintings are evocations of life and at times the isolation of big city dwellers. They reveal a superb execution, masterly effects of light and shade, and a wonderfully exciting colouristic quality, which is derived from the artist’s study of the scenes around him. His paintings are distilled into memorable pictorial symbols, at times iconic, at time bordering on the legendary. His mastery of craft is the way in which Hickey is able to simplify his compositions and waive all merely anecdotal detail. What speaks to us is his empathy for the fate of the normal, common person with life in a mass society. Adopted as a baby his parents separated when he was just a child. He spent the early years of his life in Greece with his mother. Yet his plethora of childhood memories is of his father’s studio, of oil paints and his father’s printing press. He picked up art at an early age doing innumerable sketches. Though he completed his formal education at the National College of Art and Design, Hickey at times found art college a bit too contrived. His real artistic education came from his father who taught and encouraged him for most his life. Patrick Hickey was himself the Head of Painting in the Fine Art Faculty at the National College of Art and Design from 1986 – 1990.

Joby Hickey belongs to our generation who witnessed “man on the moon”. Many say it was man’s greatest achievement of our generation. In reviewing the film footage from that time it is almost impossible to distinguish in Hickey’s representation what is in fact canvas could actually be a still from film footage. It is this dichotomy between painting and film which underlies Hickey’s representation of the world around him, and in eschewing banal cliché of overworked realism, this remains Hickey’s recipe for success making Joby’s work accessible for decades to come.

A must see show.

Opening show “Magic Realism” by Dave Fanning, Rte Presenter, @ bold art gallery 23rd October 2008 at 7.00pm.

Upcoming Exhibition - Conor McGuire

Conor McGuire was born in the west of Ireland and has chosen to live there as his influences are taken from the local rural landscape and townscape. His technique can vary from realism to abstract depending on the subject, but he finds his artistic home to be in an impressionistic impasto technique. He loves the quality and light in the west of Ireland and the shifting transience it brings to the subject matter. He likes subjects that are timeless and speak to the viewer without requiring them to be political or analytical. To his viewer Conor hopes they get some sense of the quirky essence that makes the west of Ireland life so special…..a sense of the timelessness of the place, its friendliness and beauty.

Conor avoids being overtly political or attempting social commentary but he hopes to convey a sense of joy of being alive and living a full life in a unique and beautiful place.

“I hope the strong cultural identity of a place like Galway will survive the constant pressure of modern living and there will always be that local Galway feel to the city and environs.”
“I love the impressionists and expressionists but will always admire a technically well produced piece of work regardless of what school of painting it might lay claim to.”

“Clare To Galway”, opening by Teresa Mannion, rte Regional Reporter for the West, @ Bold Art Gallery the 1st November at 4.00pm.


Gavin Collins is without doubt a highly versatile artist having mastered all styles in oil painting. In the past 4 years the demand for Gavin’s work has grown immensely. With international and local collectors snapping up his work as soon as it is completed, this has made Gavin one of South Africa’s best selling artists. Gavin’s creativity has grown along with his passion for painting, recently adding abstract to his already versatile subject matter. In recent years, Gavin has also been using his creative talents in other areas of business and now has 2 of his patented inventions on the worldwide market.

New Arrival - Tony Kew

Kew’s work is a wonderful mix of old Masters techniques, mythological motifs and pure fantasy. In fact Kew has an imagination unrestrained by reality where nudes in elaborate headdress, centaurs, gods and goddesses meander amidst vast landscapes full of forests and waterfalls.

There is a powerful religious theme running through Kew’s work. Quite a number of paintings feature elderly ecclesial figures dressed in their finest garments of opulent reds and blues while the female stands there in her nakedness. There is role reversal involved as the priests are hidden in shadow and she is accentuated by artificial, almost subterranean lighting effects, standing out against a nocturnal background (this calls to mind techniques explored by Caravaggio). The nude is powerless, pure and innocent under their condemning eyes, we are dubious and sceptical of the priests and can’t help but wonder what are they doing there half hidden under the cloak of darkness.