previous exhibition     


July 5th - August 6th
CASe '11

For this year's annual CASe exhibition at the Lavit Gallery, eleven artists have been invited to exhibit up to three pieces each. The exhibition will include painting and sculpture from some of the most sought after names in contemporary Irish art, some International names and some younger local artists.

Sculpture features strongly in this exhibition, with the tall slender curved forms of Sandra Bell's abstracted figures, the more whimsical figurative pieces of Annette Hennessy and the animal representations by both Anna Campbell with her spindly legged horses and John Behan with his characterful birds and goat.

Gwen O' Dowd's large scale wave  paintings  depict the drama, colour, depth and texture of the sea, while Pat Harris' paintings, although similarly large in scale, have a quieter and paler demeanour with the presence and movement of wilting/drooping flowers being suggested through paint. The River Nore and it's reflections feature in the works of Bernadette Kiely, while the soft light of Mayo  and it's landscape is examined in the intimate paintings of American artist Randall Exon. Intimacy is also a feature of the work of Elayne O' Connor with her small pieces depicting the ordinariness of rural Ireland along with the drama of it's skies.  Deirdre O' Brien adopts a rich bold colour palette of reds and blues in her atmospheric paintings of water and land. Martin Mooney's paintings  also have a richness but contrast with much of the other work in the show due to the sharpness and detail  in his still lives, which bring to mind the old Dutch masters.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine on Thursday July 7th at 8.00p.m. - the show continues until August 6th and is well worth a visit.

Biographical Information on  CAse '11 Exhibiting Artists

John Behan -  Born Dublin, 1938, Behan is currently living and working in Galway. He has completed many major public commissions throughout Ireland and as far afield as China. In 2000, the OPW commissioned him to create a large sculpture for presentation by the Irish Government to the U.N.    This piece mirrored his Famine Ship, the national famine memorial in Co. Mayo, which was unveiled by President Mary Robinson in 1996. He first began exhibiting in the 1960's, and has had frequent solo shows in Ireland and abroad. He became a member of the RHA in 1990 and is also a member of Aosdána.*


Sandra Bell - Born in Dundalk, 1954, Bell is a self - taught sculptor. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin and Gallery 27, Cork Street, London. Her work is in many collections and she has completed many public and private commissions throughout the country including one at Shannon Airport and another in Bandon, Co. Cork.


Anna Campbell - Born Newry, Co. Down, 1965, Campbell studied at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork and currently living in Co. Kildare. Recent exhibitions have included a solo exhibition at the Mullan Gallery, Belfast and a two person show at the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin. Her work is in many public and private collections including that of Cork County Council.


Randall Exon - Born 1956, South Dakota, U.S.A. and raised in Kansas and Oregon, Exon is a Professor of Studio Art at Swarthmore College.  Exon is also a continuing Fellow at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Since 1997 he has returned each year for extended periods of time painting along the northwest coast of Mayo.  Exon has had one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. He is currently represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern in New York.


Pat Harris - Born in Dublin 1953, Harris currently resides in Belgium, where he is Professor of painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. His most recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (2011) and the Taylor Galleries, Dublin(2009). His work is in both the collections of the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He was elected a member of Aosdána* in 2007.


Annette Hennessy - Originally from Cork and now living in North Antrim, Hennessy's work has been part of the exhibitions City(2009), and Irish Wave(2010) curated by Fion Gunn in Beijing. She has worked on public sculpture commissions throughout Ireland. Her public sculptures in Cork  can be seen at Rochestown, Douglas Shopping Centre and UCC.


Bernadette Kiely - Born Tipperary 1958 and currently living in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Kiely is represented by the Taylor Galleries, Dublin, where she regularly exhibits.   Her most recent solo exhibition Quay was held at the Dunmaoinse Arts Centre, Portlaoise, earlier this year. Her work is in many public collections in Ireland and abroad. She was elected a member of Aosdána* in 2007.


Martin Mooney -   Born Belfast 1960 and currently living in Donegal. His most recent solo exhibitions have been at the James Adam Salesroom , Dublin, The Portland Gallery, London, and the Ava Gallery at Clandeboye Co. Down. His work is in many prominent collections, throughout Ireland, Britain, and the USA. He was appointed official artist for the HRH The Prince of Wales Royal Tour of the Baltic States (2001) and of Russia(2003).


Deirdre O' Brien - Born Cork 1972, O'Brien lives and works in Cork where she is a member of the Backwater Artists Group. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin (2010) and the Fenton Gallery, Cork (2009).   She has been a regular exhibitor both in Cork and Dublin, since graduating from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 1994. Her work is in many public and private collections.


Elayne O' Connor - Born Kerry 1984, O' Connor graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 2008 and was awarded the Cork Art Society Student of the Year. As part of this prize, O' Connor had her first solo exhibition at the Lavit Gallery,  later that year. She has continued painting since, spending time with the Backwater artists group and completing a residency in Belmont Co. Offaly. She was shortlisted for the Golden Fleece award in 2010.


Gwen O' Dowd   - Born Dublin 1957, where she now lives and works, O' Dowd began exhibiting in the mid 1980's and has been a regular exhibitor at the Kerlin Gallery(Dublin), Hillsboro Gallery (Dublin) and the Vangard Gallery (Cork). Her work is in many public and private collections including that of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She was elected as a member of Aosdána* in 1991.


*The Arts Council established Aosdána in 1981 to honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland, and to encourage and assist members in devoting their energies fully to their art.