Begley breathes life into artwork with new exhibition

By AMY LEWIS

Artist David Begley and Senan O'Reilly.
Artist David Begley and Senan O'Reilly.
Andrew Kenny and Sandra Hornick.
Sinead O'Reilly, Roisin O'Reilly, Mary O'Connor and Joanne Kidney
Grainne Power and Niamh Cullen

Guests were drawn into another world when they attended the opening of David Begley's latest exhibition 'Breathe' in the Wexford Arts Centre.

Art enthusiasts arrived in great numbers to grab the first glimpse of the Bunclody-based artist's work. Renowned artist, Anita Groener was also there on the day to open the exhibition and introduce the public to David's latest offering.

'With charcoal, David creates this world of semi-darkness, a twilight that holds the promise of an undefined world, a semi-darkness from which comes the light,' she said. 'Shapes emerge, evolve, transmute, appear and disappear.'

The exhibition consists of two separate projects: a collection of large-scale drawings and a series of three animations. All of David's drawings were produced using charcoal, which the artist makes himself.

'For David, the whole process of finding the wood and cooking it is a wholesome and visceral activity that heightens the quality and meaning of the material,' explained Anita. 'It deepens the engagement with the work.'

Following the speech and a tour of the exhibition, guests had the opportunity to speak with David during a wine reception. The artist will visit again on August 15 for a free talk about his work. It will be a very casual talk, allowing guests to meet David and ask questions about his creations.

The exhibition will run in the Wexford Arts Centre until September 5.

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