Kieran Gallagher

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Biography

Kieran Gallagher is an artist who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
He works predominantly in printmaking and drawing but also include photography, paper and sculpture. His work focuses on themes such as childhood nostalgia, memory and travel.
His recent work explores the connections and contrasts between the built and natural environments. An Image, scent or sound can remind us of a place, or a moment in time. His work layers these environments and senses. His drawings begin with reality; photographs and through process are remade;weaving between, dreams and memory.
‘Shinrin Yuko: Youth’ is part of a new series of drawings which explore the phenomenon of forest bathing or Shinrin-Yoku.
The term ‘Shinrin-yoku’ was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982, and can be defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest (Park B.J, 2010). Several scientific studies have been carried out to determine the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
A recent article in the Environ Health Prev Med Journal looked at both the psychological and physiological effects of forest bathing; in a forest and synthetically in laboratories. This series of drawings explore the idea of natural and synthetic forests invading city living.

Claire O’Keeffe

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Biography

Claire O Keeffe is an artist based in Co. Cork, who graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in 2015. Claire works predominately in the medium of collage. Since childhood she has collected imagery, old biscuit tins full of images cut from old catalogues and magazines. Hours spent cutting and pasting, arranging imagery in unexpected juxtapositions, creating a different narrative each time. Today, O’Keeffe is still employing collage as a means to escape into a world she cannot plan. The imagery she appropriates pre-dates the digital age, culled from discarded encyclopedias and reference books, medical texts and popular science books. Collage is her way of disengaging from the increasingly digital world that surrounds her. The exercise of cutting requires time-intensive hand movements that reminds her that not everything is instantaneous as a click of a mouse.

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Bradley Gray

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Biography

Bradley’s works range from small, atmospheric oils to large, more complex compositions. The smaller pieces focus primarily on texture, creating mood and movement through the use of strong tonal ranges and loose brushstrokes. The larger works are often theatrical in nature depicting an array of peculiar characters thrown together in a world not entirely of our own. Influences of Bosch, Bruegal and Neo Rauch are evident in their compositional arrangements. He employs fantasy and satire to unravel the complexities of the human story. The works are rich in symbolism, reflecting life experience and issues of a wider nature. The paintings are often deeply personal that mirror contradictions within all of us-light and dark, peace and violence, life and death. Such dualities fill our lives. Despite having a conflicted outlook, Bradley weaves humour through the narratives of my work, conveying the absurdity and pathos of a situation.

Robert Ryan

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Biography

Robert Ryan graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design in 1987. He lived in Copenhagen and London before returning to Ireland 1994. He has numerous successful solo exhibition since, and has been featured in many prestigious group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. His work is in many public and private collections. 
Ryan’s allegorical paintings borrows qualities from the European old master tradition. In every image a generic hybrid creature is central. Ryan work celebrated the commonality between mankind and all other creatures. 

Lorcan Cassidy

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Biography

Lorcan Cassidy ia a graduate from NCAD with a degree in Fine Art Sculpture and Expanded practices. He was a short term member of Ormond Studios, an artist run space in the heart of Dublin city, for eight months and has now just started as a full member.

As an artist his work revolves around creating alternate realities and then making/illustrating objects/artefacts/creatures/specimens from these fictitious worlds. Another focus of his art practice is on modes of display especially in terms of the museum context. The wunderkammer has also been a direct influence in regards to his art work. What drew him to these cabinets of curiosity was the sense of wonder and awe they inspired with the various objects they held, the curios and oddities, even in spite their contents not always being entirely genuine.

Gemini Vaghela

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Biography
Gemini born 1980 is a Kenyan mixed media artist who uses various art forms to express herself. Self importance and preservation of ourselves as well as the world around us acts as the basis on her work. Gemini has exhibited extensively both locally in Kenya and Internationally.

Her degree in Interactive Multimedia Technologies and Diploma in Photography made her appreciate the unique quality of hand painting in relation to media prints. 

Eleanor Brennan

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Biography
Eleanor is an a visual artist and educator living and working in Galway.
She is fascinated by the human psyche and how the image provides us a way of connecting to self and other. This relationship is recorded contained and witnessed in the image.

She is interested in drawing both as a process and as a object that 
holds a space for constructing and exploring narrative and developing and reflecting on our collective and personal symbolism.

www.eleanorbrennan.com ​

Kathryn Maguire

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Biography

Born in Ireland, Kathryn Maguire lives and works in Dublin. She studied in Cork (Bachelor in Fine Art Sculpture, Cork College of Art & Design, Cork) and Dublin (Master of Art in the Contemporary World, National College of Art & Design). She has participated in several group exhibitions: Social Fabric, Liberty Hall, Dublin May 2018. Sim House, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2018. Nasty Women, Pallas Projects, August 2017. We Claim, Banner on 15-16 Eden Quay and Chap book, 2016 /2017. Terra Incognita, Platform Arts Belfast, March 2016. Construct, Bray Institute of Further Education, December 2015, Luan Gallery, Athlone, November 2015, Omagh Library, Co Tyrone, October 2015, Ards Arts Centre, Co Down, September 2015; The Artists Armada, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, August 2015; Random, Sim House, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2014; The Balloon, Rawson Projects, New York, 2014; Contagion, Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin, 2013; Interactivos12?, part of Hack the City, Science Gallery, Dublin 2012; Dublin Contemporary, Dublin, 2011; Notes of Protest, Wyspa Institute of Art, Poland, May 2010; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London, 2010; Video Killed the Radio Star, RHA, Dublin, 2010; No Soul For Sale, Dia Centre, New York, 2009; Cork Caucus, Cork, 2005 Kathryn Maguire’s practice uses text, sculpture, video, and installation work.