This exhibition brings together two radically different Kilkenny-based artists - Blaise Smith RHA and Eamon Colman, a member of Aosdana. Both have been painting the Kilkenny Landscape for many years and this exhibition will feature work specially made for a double ‘portrait’ of the county. While Blaise Smith creates realist portraits and landscapes that record everyday life, Eamon Colman blends the figurative and the abstract, capturing shifting weather patterns and the experience of walking the terrain. For this brand-new project, both artists have spent time painting ‘landscapes’ in and around Kilkenny. The result is a fascinating exhibition that offers two startlingly fresh visions of the city, and the county, as seen through the eyes of two of Ireland’s most respected artists.
PARADE TOWER, MONDAY 12 AUGUST, 5PM
FREE (but ticketed)
Some of the artists featured in this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival have radically different approaches to their work. While Blaise Smith’s extraordinarily detailed portraits are painted from close observation, Eamon Colman’s abstract works are inspired by epic walks through the Irish landscape and Amy Cutler draws inspiration from a mixture of memory, imagination and current events. In this fascinating talk all three artists share thoughts on their own artistic process in the company of Butler Gallery Director Anna O’Sullivan.