LCGA 30 Year Anniversary is celebrated with the opening of three new exhibitions of contemporary art to promote local artists.
LCGA 30 Year Anniversary celebration with new art exhibitions
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Dylan Frawley
The Limerick Exhibition of Visual Art (EVA International) takes place every year in Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) and this year LCGA is opening three new exhibitions from July 9 to September 12.
This weekend, LCGA is opening three new exhibitions to commemorate its successful 30-year anniversary with works of art from local Limerick artists.
National Collection of Contemporary Drawing (NCCD) 1991-2021 celebrating 30 Years, curated by Samuel Walsh.
This exhibition celebrates the 30 years of struggle and success achieved by LCGA for all their dedication and hard work.
From 1991-2021, LCGA started off with very little financial funding to promote local artists and the messages they hoped to convey through their works.
However, purchasing contemporary drawings was within reach and was a unique concept which no other gallery in the country had utilized, sparking the beginning of LCGA, and paving the way for the importance of drawing in the Irish art scene and education system.
Admission is free with opening hours from Monday to Saturday (10 am – 5 pm) and Sunday (12 – 5 pm).
Exhibitions are closed on bank and public holidays.
Covid-19 restrictions still apply in relation to entry to the Gallery. Face-covering must be worn and there is reduced capacity within the exhibition spaces but the gallery is OPEN.
Common Thread: Maighread Tobin
This exhibition by Limerick-based artist, Maighread Tobin, is her first solo exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art and marks a significant change of direction in her work as most of the work is painting-based. It centres on her continued passion for gardens, and this is reflected in the explosion of colour and forms.
Tobin has studied and extracted materials from numerous gardens made studies and created work inspired by the natural environment. The artist developed a body of work that explores a particular environment she has visited many times, the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin. Spending time in this unique environment allowed her to research a diverse collection of tropical plants and other exotic species many of which cannot be seen anywhere else in Ireland, creating works that incorporate both oil and mixed media on gesso board.
In realising these paintings, Tobin does not wish to recreate botanical accuracy but to experiment with a varied colour pallet, structures, and shapes, ultimately enjoying the experience of working closely with her twin passions of nature and paint. The artist will also, investigate the notion of cataloging the progression of plants throughout the seasons, documenting their changing forms and colours.
Tobin is a graduate of LSAD and has recently started painting, which is moving away from her sculptural work for which she has a strong reputation. Tobin is represented in significant public collections including LCGA and The Arts Council in addition to many private collections.
LCGA is delighted to OPEN from 9th July, The Loneliness of Being German: Thomas Brezing & Vera Klute; Common Thread, Maighread Tobin and the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing curated by Samuel Walsh.
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The Loneliness of Being German: Thomas Brezing & Vera Klute
This two-person exhibition of new work by Thomas Brezing and Vera Klute will interrogate the issue of “identity” and ask what creates a sense of belonging and how influential is the past? These questions resonate throughout the work of Klute and Brezing.
Through their personal experiences of living in Ireland, they examine German sensitivities and question how they deal with identity, heritage, and guilt.
The artists share many similarities in their personal lives and practices and share a “love for the handmade in art” and a curiosity about different materials.
However, they also have different approaches to their respective practices with Klute demonstrating a detailed and refined approach to the human body while Brezing describes his work as raw, rough, and often about the environment.
Both artists were born in Germany and are long-time residents in Ireland.
Brezing, a multi-disciplinary artist has exhibited widely, he is the recipient of many awards, and his work is included in several public and private collections including National Portrait Collection.
Vera Klute works in a variety of different media and exhibits her work in Ireland and abroad. She has received many awards including the Hennessey Portrait Prize at the National Gallery. Recently Klute completed her first public art commission of Luke Kelly which is situated in Dublin 1.
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