Proof it – Black Church Print Gallery


Proof it.
a Black Church Print Studio fundraiser

Thursday 5th December 2013

Preview: 5.30pm – 6.15pm | Purchase: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

All works €50 each – first come, first served – anonymous sale – no queue skippers!

Keeping you happy with festive jazz, craft beers, artisan whiskey tasters, raffled goods!

Featuring original one-off proofs* by artists, poets, musicians and cultural heroes, including David Beattie, Paul Bailey, Ella Bertilsson, Kate Betts, Helen Blair, Sahoko K. Blake, Clare-Louise Bligh, Veronica Bolay, Nick Boon, Elaine Byrne, Gerard Byrne, John Byrne, Rhona Byrne, Alan Butler, Comhghall Casey, Vaari Claffey, Aisling Conroy, Cian Corcoran & Ahmad Fakhry (Designgoat), Gary Coyle, Monika Crowley, Mark Cullen, Cora Cummins, Niall de Buitlear,Conor and David, Diarmuid Delargy, Lynda Devenney, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Theo Dorgan, Grainne Dowling, Karina Drogowska, Gabhann Dunne, Killian Dunne, Paul Durcan, Aoife Dwyer, David Fagan, Eleanor Duffin, Brian Fay, Emma Finucane, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Damien Flood, Andrew Folan, Gerhardt Gallagher, Mark Garry, Tessa Giblin, Ann Gilleece, Sorcha Gorsuch, Paz Guadalix, Tracy Hanna, Sean Harahan, Cathy Henderson, Raymond Henshaw, John Hunter, Jesse Jones, Mark Joyce, Margaret Kallen, Allyson Keehan, Aidan Kelly, Robert Kelly, Sam Keogh, Claire Kerr, James Kirwan, Tomasz Knapik, Barbara Knezevic, Brian Lalor, Gillian Lawler, Elaine Leader, Mo Levy, Rachel Likely, Sofie Loscher & Niamh O’Doherty, David Lunney, Sean Lynch, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Ferdia MagLochlainn, Anja Mahler, Colin Martin, Erin McClure, David McGinn, Patricia McKenna, Maria McKinney, Margaret McLoughlin, Muntsa Molina, Tom Moore, Aileen Murphy, Abigail O’Brien, Oisin O’Brien, Anna O’Byrne, Ruth O’Donnell, Damian O’Donohue, Shane O’Driscoll, Rachel O’Hara, Mairead O’hEocha, Fergal O’Mahony, Jane O’Malley, Niamh O’Malley, Geraldine O’Reilly, John O’Reilly, Kevin O’Shanahan & Marie Brett, Sean O’Sullivan, Louise Peat, Leila Pedersen, Sarah Pierce, Lucy Phelan, Alison Pilkington, Sheila Rennick, Jim Ricks, Gabriel Rosenstock, Piia Rossi, Nick Roth, Vincent Sheridan, Carole Shubotham, Dorothy Smith, Aaron Smyth, Kate Strain, Alex Synge, Nicole Tilley, Chris Timms, Paul Timoney, Gillian Turner, Linda Uhlemann, Yvan Vansevenant, Steve Wall, Lee Welch, Conor Wickham, Olesya Zdorovetska, amongst others.

In printmaking terms, the proof exists as evidence of a spark of thought that can carry forward monumental actions, or one that fades as other ideas are born and take root. We, the printmakers, use the proof as our guiding light, an element embedded in our practice, critical, urgent, essential, intrinsic. For us, without the proof, there can be nothing, no growth, no progress, no expansion.

In tandem with printmaking, notes, sketches, drafts, scribbles exist also as types of proofs. These modest materials are the landscape of signifiers, of thoughts, crystallising artworks, poems, songs, projects, buildings and compositions.

Such proofs might be said to hold an elusive charge cast against future realities. In themselves they represent that which motivates us, as artists, to dig deep and come up with the goods. In an age of the ephemeral, of movement and flux, the proof retraces a moment when time stilled to distil an idea.

Proof it – Black Church Print Gallery

Culture Night 2013

As part of Culture Night, Abigail Smith and I will present work arising from our year long residency in Dublin City Council’s Albert Cottages, Hampstead park in Glasnevin, Dublin. Works will include oil paintings of urban landscapes and large spray paint work based on scientific diagrams. Live music will be performed by Abigail Smith (voice and viola) and Lioba Petrie (cello). The music will include field recordings made by Abigail during the residency.

The Lab. Foley Street. Studio 1, 2nd Floor: Abigail Smith & John O’Reilly – Live Music & Paintings – Sights and Sounds from Albert Cottages

Times / Duration of Event: 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Culture Night 2013

RHA Annual Exhibition 2013

I am delighted to have a piece accepted for this years RHA annual exhibition. The show runs through to the 17 August.

Preview: Monday 27 May 6 – 8pm, All Welcome.
Location: 15 Ely Pace, Dublin 2.

This year the Annual will include work by, Donald Teskey RHA, Martin Gale RHA, Amelia Stein RHA, Una Sealy ARHA, Carey Clarke PPRHA, Mick O’Dea RHA, Michael Cullen RHA, Abigail O’Brien RHA, Kathy Prendergast, Alan Phelan, Janet Mullarney, Mary A Kelly and Alison Pilkington, among many others.

RHA Annual Exhibition 2013

Winter Exhibition 2012 – Belfast

I will have some work hanging at the Johnathan Swift Gallery Winter Exhibition in Belfast. At the Malone Avenue Junction of the Lisburn Road beside Blush Boutique.

Saturday: 11am-6pm
Monday – Friday: 12 Noon – 6pm

There is also work by: Anne Madden, JB Vallely, Colin Martin, Irene Barry, Imogen Stuart, Bartosz Kolata, Eoin O’Connor, Clifford Collie, Eilis O’Connell, Bourke, Judy Hamilton, Louis le Brocquy, Selma Makela, Wesley Triggs, Catherine Greene, Myra Jago, Katy Simpson & Anthony Scott.

Winter Exhibition 2012 – Belfast

VUE 2011, National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA Dublin

I will have some work hanging with the Talbot Gallery and Studios as part of VUE 2011, The National Contemporary Art Fair, which will take place in the RHA Gallery.

This event will run from Thursday November 3rd, until Sunday November 6th 2011.

Over 15 contemporary Irish art galleries will be taking part in VUE and each will be showcasing recent work by some of Ireland’s leading artists.

The artists that will be representing the Talbot Gallery and Studios are:

Hugh Delap
Sanja Todorovic
Laura Fitzgerald
Michelle Considine
Ciara O’Hara
Cecilia Danell
Anne Hendrick
Bennie Reilly
John O’Reilly
Joe Stanley
Beatrice O’Connell
Lucy Sheridan
Tracy Hanna
Louise Butler
Clare Henderson
Suzanne Mooney
Emma Hogan
Eimear Jean McCormack
Claire Halpin
Jane Fogarty

Running alongside the Talbot Gallery are galleries such as Rubicon Gallery, Kerlin Gallery, Jorgensen Fine Art, the Peppercanister Gallery, Graphic Studio Gallery, Taylor Galleries, The Green on Red Gallery, The Paul Kane Gallery, Oliver Sears Gallery, Oonagh Young Gallery, Cross Gallery, Molesworth Gallery, Stoney Road Press, the Fenderesky Gallery in Belfast, as well as the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

VUE 2011, National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA Dublin

Gurriers – Block T – Good Friday


This Friday, 22 April “Gurriers, A Photo Exhibition of Ireland’s most renowned graffiti artists” is on in Block T, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
18:00-22:00 BYOB Adm €5

Block T is a great new art space in Dublin that featured a solo show by Maser in 2010. “Gurriers” promises to be a great show. It will feature such Irish writers as Rask, Cisto, Goner, Jor, Elsi, Dats, Jack, TDA, SBC. This event is co-organized by All City Records and is part of their 10 year anniversary graffiti jam at the same weekend in the Tivoli Theatre in Francis Street, Dublin 8, which will feature Revok of MSK, California.

Gurriers – Block T – Good Friday


UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. We plan to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City.

The objectives of UpStart are to encourage a debate on the role of the arts in this state. Our aim is to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasize the value of the arts to public life.

We believe that the future development of the country requires a healthy cultivation of the Arts.UpStart comprises artists and writers from Ireland and abroad and are non-aligned to any political party. UpStart respects and follows Dublin City Council litter regulations and operates within the requirements of Irish law.” Upstart website.

Above is one of my images I submitted to the upstart campaign.

Upstart Poster Campaign

Art Swap


Heres an acrylic painting I submitted for Monster Truck Gallery’s annual “Art Swap”, currently hanging in the IMOCA – Irish Museum Of Contemporary Art until mid April. Each artist was assigned a number. Two numbers were picked at a time and so their pieces were swapped. I got a lovely piece and I’ll post up a flick of it when I get it. About 60 artists took part. The Art Swap show is being exhibited alongside a number of pieces of installation of communal and solo works including “The Good Hatchery“.

Art Swap

Monster Truck Gallery

If your looking for something to do on Good Friday, there is a group show called “Town & Country”, featuring the work of two studios – Across The Way studios, Kinsealy (where my studio is) and the studios of Monster Truck Gallery.The show begins in Monster Truck, 73 Francis Street at 6pm then continues at the second venue at Across The Way studios in Kinsealy Co. Dublin. There might even be a coach bringing everyone from Monster Truck to Kinsealy!The Across The Wayers are exhibiting in Monster Truck and The Monster Truckers are exhibiting in Across The Way. The Theme is town and country.

Monster Truck Gallery