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  • 'Sentinels' by Padriag McCaul 2011
    24 March 2011  -  21 April 2011

    'Sentinels' by Padriag McCaul 2011

    There is a simple beauty in the silent, stone farmhouses that are found along the west coast of Ireland. The peeling whitewash, the cracked walls, give these old buildings each their own character, while the twin chimneys, one at each gable end, give them their unique, distinctive look. They have become part of the fabric of the countryside, in tune with the land they rest on, sympathetic to their surroundings. And that is how I try to capture them, as another element of the landscape alongside the changing skies, the rolling fields and bogs, the mountains and the seas. But there is a sadness and a loneliness about them too. These old houses have borne witness to over 100 years of Irish emigration. Like Sentinels standing guard, they look out to sea, watching yet another generation of Irish men, women and children emigrate in search of work and a better life. Waiting quietly for their return. view exhibition View Video
  • 'Sentinels' by Padriag McCaul 2011

    There is a simple beauty in the silent, stone farmhouses that are found along the west coast of Ireland. The peeling whitewash, the cracked walls, give these old buildings each their own character, while the twin chimneys, one at each gable end, give them their unique, distinctive look.

    They have become part of the fabric of the countryside, in tune with the land they rest on, sympathetic to their surroundings. And that is how I try to capture them, as another element of the landscape alongside the changing skies, the rolling fields and bogs, the mountains and the seas.

    But there is a sadness and a loneliness about them too.

    These old houses have borne witness to over 100 years of Irish emigration. Like Sentinels standing guard, they look out to sea, watching yet another generation of Irish men, women and children emigrate in search of work and a better life. Waiting quietly for their return.
  • Characters in their own story - Solo show by  Roisin O’Farrell
    8 September 2011  -  6 October 2011

    Characters in their own story - Solo show by Roisin O’Farrell

    The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition by Roisin O’Farrell called ‘Characters in their own story' on Thursday, September 8th between 6-8pm, at 24 South Frederick Street and will continue to run until October 6th. Colette Fitzpatrick will officially open the exhibition on the evening. view exhibition View Invite View Video
  • Characters in their own story - Solo show by Roisin O’Farrell

    Róisín O'Farrell was born in 1968 and was brought up in an artistically talented family.

    Her introduction to art began from an early age, allowing her to mature a strong appreciation for both classical and contemporary art.

    It was in early 2009, that Roisin's work was first discovered. Since her official introduction to the artworld, she has achieved great success, exhibiting in a number of established galleries throughout Ireland & England.  Roisin's success continued to gain momentum with sellout events in London, Bristol and Newcastle. Further events have already been planned for Dublin, London, Edinburgh and New York.

     

    The theme of this exhibition portrays a quiet place, where life and characters are also being represented. Although there is variation in each painting of the series, the scenes are all interior, where the main character is depicted by an empty chair.

     

    A moment in time, a quietness, that is detached from the typical busy day, is clearly relevant in each piece. That moment of undisturbed tranquility before dawn break or of the silence left behind when a party has retired to another room. 

     

    In the absence of the characters, now a distant vision, the chairs in the painting appear to come to life, and want to become characters in their own story.

     

    Aside from the subject matter of the paintings, how Roisin paints them is as important to her as the image that is being portrayed. Certainly light, colour and texture are critical elements of Roisin's work. She consciously strides to keep her approach loose and fresh, working quickly in a wet on wet technique and often embracing happy accidents. Using lots of juicy paint and alternating between palette knife and brush, allowing her to be suggestive rather than descriptive.

    “Painting is my hideaway, my secret garden, my quiet place. Not in the sense of stillness and inactivity because there is life and excitement and ideas, but in that the ideas seem to bypass the part of my brain that might analyze them to death. “Róisín O’Farrell

  • Culture night 2011
    23 September 2011  -  23 September 2011

    Culture night 2011

    Culture Night comprises of hundreds of events across Ireland and overseas. From nation’s capital to county town, everyone’s getting involved! Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy. read more View Invite View Video
  • Culture night 2011

    Culture Night comprises of hundreds of events across Ireland and overseas. From nation’s capital to county town, everyone’s getting involved! Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.
  •  ‘Father & Son’ An exhibition of new paintings by Val Byrne & his son, Roland Byrne
    13 October 2011  -  3 November 2011

    ‘Father & Son’ An exhibition of new paintings by Val Byrne & his son, Roland Byrne

    The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition by Val Byrne and his son Roland Byrne called ‘Father & Son’ on Thursday, October 13th between 6-8pm on 24 South Frederick Street. The exhibition will coincide with Val’s milestone, 75th birthday . The show will be officially opened by Eamon de Buitlear and will run until the 3rd November. view exhibition
  • ‘Father & Son’ An exhibition of new paintings by Val Byrne & his son, Roland Byrne

    Father and Son, is an exciting and unique exhibition, that provides art lovers and enthusiasts alike, an opportunity to join Val and Roland, in reflecting over the many different styles of imagery, that have been a continuous part of their combined artistic life. The show will give a retrospective view of the different periods throughout Val’s career in painting.

    Val Byrne, B. Arch., FRIAI. was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1936. Following his secondary education he went on to study Art and Architecture at University College Dublin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After a short spell working in London he returned to Dublin and set up a practice in partnership with another architect.

    Val has painted throughout his life, collecting a major win at a national arts competition. However, with his architectural practice growing apace, his painting had fallen behind. By the early 70's, the business had developed into one of the largest architectural firms in Dublin, and had undertaken a number of major projects throughout Ireland. This led to an expansion of the business, with the opening of an office in Nigeria, followed by offices in Sudan and Libya.

    In 1985 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. In the late 1980's he retired from his profession, and set up an Art Gallery in Bray, Co. Wicklow. He then revisited painting in a full time capacity. Due to Val’s architectural background, he has a particular interest in the urban landscapes of Ireland, the majority of his work is concentrated on 20th/21st Century Ireland.  In his paintings, Val places a strong emphasis on harbours, boats, and of the surrounding buildings. His paintings display the bright colours of the buildings, that have always been a characteristic feature of the towns, villages and harbours around Ireland.

    His work is held in private and corporate collections worldwide,  including Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights, Jean Kennedy Smith, formerly U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. Dept of Foreign Affairs for the Irish Embassiesin Europe, USA, Africa, Asia. In 2004 he completed six large canvases for the Irish Ambassador's new residence in Canberra,  and a further eight in 2009 for the residence in Ottawa, Canada, the Irish Air Corps Baldonell, the Irish Naval Service, The Department of Defence, the Crown Prince of Oman General John de Chastelain, Brian Keenan, Seamus Heaney, and Eamon de Buitlear, amongst many others.

     

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    Forty paintings were commissioned for the book " Bray and North Wicklow" published in 2004.

    His paintings of the 75th Anniversary of the Irish Navy are included in, "A Maritime history of Cork", and " Smithies of Ireland in the 19th Century". Many hotel groups have acquired his work for their reception areas and boardrooms. He has exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Eigse Art Festival, Art Ireland, and has participated by invitation in  Art In Action Ireland for ten consecutive years. He has exhibited in many solo and group shows. Val’s work can be seen in galleries throughout Ireland.

     

    Val has always sought to include an element of quirkiness and the absurd in his work.

    "If there is a wobbly leaning lamppost with straggling wires in the scene, I leave it in."

    This is clearly expressed in his work along with a developing interest in his first love, Cubism. Today he is the only Irish artist working with a Cubist approach to Irish images, as he sees them.

     

     

    Roland Byrne:

    Roland's landscapes combine traditional watercolour techniques with his own innovative creative methods.   This bold use of watercolour allows for dynamic composition with a hint of abstraction drawing the viewer into a rustic yet detailed world, laden with atmosphere and colour. The effects are both subtle, yet dramatic, resulting in unique contemporary watercolour paintings. A must see collection of work.

     

    Excitedly, this is the very first Father and son exhibition that Val & Roland have done , and it is an honour to be able to bring this show to you exclusively at The Doorway Gallery.