Ipseity - Group Show

 

The Westival Gallery, Castlebar St, Westport.

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Daily.

Launch, Wednesday, Oct 24th, 6 PM.

At the forefront of the Westival visual-arts programme is ‘Ipseity’. The Latin word ‘ipse’ means ‘self’, and this exhibition sets out to explore the role of the self in today’s society; how we view ourselves and how we are viewed by others, and how this can affect and mould the nature of being.

This intriguing show features selected work from acclaimed artists Alice Maher, Breda Burns, Emma Bourke, Janet Mullarney, Katherine Boucher Beug and Stevey Scullion.

Alice Maher
One of Ireland’s most respected and influential artists, Alice Maher lives in Mayo. Her practice spans a myriad of mediums and creative genres and is in a constant state of metamorphosis as her themes and interests change. Past media have included painting, drawing, sculpture, video, digital technologies, new media and even egg-shell carving. Her mid-career retrospective, ‘Becoming’, ran for over four months in the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Breda Burns
The work of celebrated Westport-based artist Breda Burns has undergone somewhat of a shift in recent years. Gone are the written words that marked much
of her previous work, and a new fascination with figurative and landscape art has emerged. The result is compelling, sometimes haunting, always beautiful.

Emma Bourke

Famous for her beautiful glass sculptures, Emma Bourke works from her home studio in Mayo. Her artistic practice is inspired by the natural environment of the west of Ireland, with wildflowers featuring large, Impossibly delicate and utterly enchanting, her work will stop viewers in their tracks.

Born in Dublin, sculptor Janet Mullarney (main Ipsity image above) has spent a great deal of time working in Italy. In a five-star review of her work, Irish Times art critic, Aidan Dunne wrote: “Enter Mullarney’s world and you fall through an imaginative trapdoor into another realm of fables and fairy tales, where animal characters stand in for humans and meaning is cut loose from the bounds of convention.”

Katherine Boucher Beug

Katherine Boucher Beug hails from New Jersey, but she has been living and working in Cork since 1971. Her work plays with opposites: the juxtaposition of skilled, precise drawing with physical mark-making; of theory-based use of colour with found materials; of exactly calculated compositions with spontaneous brush strokes. There is analysis within her paintings, but there is also a sense of play.

Stevey Scullion

Stevey Scullion is a sculptor born in Scotland but now living in London and Mayo. He originally trained as a ship’s carpenter in Glasgow but later studied printmaking and sculpture and embarked on an artistic career. He since has exhibited extensively and lectured in Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and at Guildhall University. His sculpture ‘Journey’ was commissioned by Iarnród Éireann and is installed at Kilkenny’s MacDonagh Railway Station.

The Westival Gallery, Castlebar St, Westport. 

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Daily. 

Launch, Wednesday, Oct 24th, 6 PM.