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Limerick City Gallery of Art opens Summer Exhibition ‘Night Painting’

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Limerick City Gallery of Art presents ‘Night Painting’ as its summer exhibition 2023 featuring three award-winning Limerick-based artists. Works will be displayed by Gerry Davis, Paddy Critchley and Stephen Murphy. Photographed at the opening were artists Paddy Critchley Gerry Davis, UL President Kerstin Mey and Úna McCarthy. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Limerick City Gallery of Art presents ‘Night Painting’ as its summer exhibition 2023 featuring three award-winning Limerick-based artists

Limerick City Gallery of Art presents 'Night Painting' as its summer exhibition 2023 featuring three award-winning Limerick-based artists
Photographed at the opening were Yvonne Davis, Curator, Visual Arts UL, John Leonard and Úna McCarthy,. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Limerick City Gallery of Art is delighted to present Night Painting as its summer exhibition 2023.

The exhibition includes the work of three Limerick-based artists: Gerry Davis, Paddy Critchley and Stephen Murphy while the three artists have very individual styles they all share a common interest in painting.

The artists decided on the enigmatic title of the show, Night Painting, as due to a range of commitments much of their painting is a nocturnal activity. ‘Night Painting’ runs from July 7 to August 2023 at the Limerick City Gallery of Art.


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“Night Painting reveals unlikely synergies between the work of these three male artists, two born in Ireland in the 1980s, one in the 1990s. They are making art at a time of great change – but then, has there ever been a time when there is not?

For each of the artists, it is art about pushing against the past, working with eyes wide open, and looking towards the edges in order to reach for something new.” – Cristín Leach: from her essay, Paint, Past, New.

Each artist has garnered national acclaim for their contributions to the art world. Stephen Murphy received the prestigious RCSI/Irish Times award for his remarkable pieces showcased at the RHA in 2023. Gerry Davis was honoured with the esteemed Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2016, while Paddy Critchley’s outstanding artistic prowess earned him The De Vere’s Award for Artwork of Significance at the RHA Annual Exhibition in 2021.

A booklet will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Cristín Leach.

The ‘Night Painting’ exhibition runs from July 7 to August 2023 at the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

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