Friday 17 January 2020

Texture and colour in Ciaran's work

One of Ciaran's pieces
One of Ciaran's pieces

Maria Pepper

The Castlebridge-born visual artist Ciaran Bowen has a new exhibition of work running at the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy until June 29.

A graduate of the Wexford School of Art and Design, Ciaran has been working from his studio at the Creative Hub in Bullring Mall, Wexford for the past year, creating vibrantly coloured silicone wall pieces.

The exhibition titled Fake Utopia is the result of his time in the studio working with a variety of materials and developing his concept over many months.

Ciaran achieved a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Wexford Campus, School of Art and Design at IT Carlow in 2015.

In the same year he was awarded the Carlow Institute of Technology Purchase Award, for artwork created during his final graduate year, which now hangs in the permanent collection in the Wexford Campus of Carlow IT.

Ciaran has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and was featured in the Irish Arts Review's New Generation of Artists in 2018.

Since graduating from college, he has exhibited at the Bones and Pearls Studio in London in the Touch Me Baby exhibition in 2018, which was curated by Anna Choutova.

Fake Utopia is a calming artistic distraction offering a sense of fantasy designed to engage the viewers mind. The textures alone are enough to draw curiousity and combined with the colours and intense, repetitive work that goes into each creation, they leave the viewer fascinated with the spectacle that is in front of them.

The exhibition was officially opened last Saturday with the artist Helena Gorey as the guest speaker and will continue for the month of June.

Wexford People

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