Monday 16 September 2019

Friends host Shinnors exhibition at County Buildings

John Shinnors' Self Portrait, and works on display at County Buildings.
John Shinnors' Self Portrait, and works on display at County Buildings.
John Shinnors' Self Portrait, and works on display at County Buildings.

By Maria Pepper

The Friends of the County Wexford Art Collection and the Arts Department of Wexford County Council are delighted to host an exhibition of work by the renowned Irish contemporary artist John Shinnors.

The exhibition in County Buildings in Carricklawn will present a selection of his work from 2001 to 2016 including the acclaimed Scarecrow Portraits.

The title of the exhibition, 'Seeing Things', refers to the solid but fluctuating world of objects and to a haunted realm of the imagination.

In his paintings, Shinnors offers a hint of a figure or object which initially can be seen as an unsettling light in the dark. The viewer's eyes adjust to the varying tones and begin to decipher the recessed elements of the paintings and the image is revealed, exposing the primal energy of light within the works.

Shinnors' style shows a playfulness between the object and its meaning. His oblique views are infused with a strong sense of emotion through the use of paint, colour and contrast which convey an atmospheric, otherworldly meaning and an unmasking of the beauty within the painting.

The exhibition will be officially launched at a reception in Wexford County Buildings on Thursday, August 18 at 1 p.m. with Council CEO Tom Enright as guest speaker.

The Friends of the County Wexford Art Collection are a voluntary group of people passionate about the need to support the collection which is one of the most prestigious local authority art collections in the country, estblished in 1994 and containing almost 200 pieces of purchased, donated or loaned works.

Through the Friends, works of artistic significance are secured for the collection by means of gift bequest. The Friends also facilitate the donation of works on behalf of names or anonymous donors or in honour of a named person.

John Shinnors was born in Limerick in 1950 and has lived and worked all his life in his native city apart from a brief period spent in London during his teens. He studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design under the influential Jack Donovan and has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally. He is a member of Aosdána and is involved in the promotion of the arts through the Shinnors Scholarship and the Shinnors Drawing Award.

Seeing Things will run in Wexford County Council from Friday, August 19 to Wednesday, October 5 from 9 am to 5 pm each day.

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