September 6th – October 4th
Award winning artist collective AKIN opens the autumn programme at the Galway Arts Centre. AKIN are known for their commitment to both making and showing their work here in the West of Ireland and internationally.
FURTHERMORE moves from themes that evoke an understanding of place, from Lyne’s atmospheric paintings depicting an archaeological excavation on Inislyon Island, to Irwin’s copper plate etchings of coastal sacred sites, such as High Island. Together they delve into both the present and the past. While King’s work reflects abstract Explorations that are rich in texture, she is an alchemist with colour, and they are effervescent with energy. Murphy’s work is inspired by a visit to the convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, in Prague where she captures the dramatic space created by the shadows of revered statues, hinting at a secret world that moves when not being watched.
The group are also celebrating twenty seven years as a collective and want to mark the recent election of Margaret Irwin West to Aosdana.
Margaret Irwin West
Born in India of Irish parents, Margaret Irwin West is a Printmaker and Painter, with roots in Roscommon, who has been living and working in Connemara since 1991. She trained in Dublin and Paris. Her work is held in both public and private collections. In 2008, she received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from County Galway Arts Office while in April 2019 she was elected to AOSDANA. In the current year, 2019, she has had work hung in the Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, Dublin. On the 17th September 2019, a full Retrospective Exhibition of her work, entitled “From Cubism to Claddaghduff”, opens at the Festival Gallery, Clifden as part of Arts Week 2019. Margaret continues to live and work on the Aughrus Peninsula where she has a professional Etching Studio.
Jay Murphy studied in Dunlaoghaire School of Art 1970-1974 followed by a printing course in Central School, London. She has been a full time artist ever since and has exhibited widely. She has had over twenty solo exhibitions, including two with the Galway Arts Festival, and her most recent one person show was in Taylor Galleries, Dublin, September 2019. She works in series, producing up to thirty paintings on a particular theme. She exhibits regularly with Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Green Fuse Gallery Westport and Claremorris Gallery Co. Mayo. She was a founder member of Western Artists and AKIN and has participated in many group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad.
Dolores Lyne was born in Killarney and moved to Galway in the 90s. She has worked in several public collections such as The Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish Writers Centre, The OPW, NUI Galway, Galway City & County councils. Dolores is also an award-winning theatre designer winning an Irish Times /ESB award for best set in 1999. This current work grew out of an interest in the ritual landscape of the west. Both public and personal landscapes are recorded. Some work relates to the Inishlyon project where due to coastal erosion sunken dwellings became exposed in 2014, and in 2015 Dolores was given the opportunity to be part of the archeological team, recording and celebrating what was once thrown away. The etchings are a distilled memory of paths taken in the company of water, both coastal and lake.
Leonie King has been a lecturer in printmaking and an organiser of print exhibitions in Galway such as ‘Western Artists’ and ‘Akin’. She was a founder of Impressions Print Triennial. Her work is in many private and public collections. Since college Leonie King has travelled extensively. She has spent time in South America, India and Morocco. Foreign images and colours are brought home and blended with those of the Irish landscape: its patterns and textures and mists.