previous exhibition

March 15th - April 2nd

at The Lavit Gallery

Patrick Cashin  Sam Curtin  Aoife Layton 
Cora Murphy  Jennifer O'Connor  Brian Smyth

Singers Corner, (at the intersection of Washington Street and Grand Parade in Cork City) lends it's name to the title of a group show at the Lavit Gallery which opens on March 15th.    The exhibition will feature six artists - Patrick Cashin, Sam Curtin, Aoife Layton, Cora Murphy, Jennifer O' Connor and  Brian Smyth who all share a studio premises in that area of the city.

Rather than coming together because of a shared common artistic purpose, this collection of artists has been brought together by chance  - the chance of working in close proximity to each other. Brian Smyth and Sam Curtin have both been previous recipients of the Lavit Gallery Student of the Year award. Frequent visitors to the gallery will also recognise the works of Cashin and O' Connor while this will be the first time for Layton and Murphy to show here. 

The urban landscape and people's interaction with it is a focus for Brian Smyth in several of his paintings, with one particular piece showing a view of the activity of the City from his studio window. Smyth also focuses on classical casts as a subject in his paintings here, admiring their making and the drama, movement and mystery captured.

In Patrick Cashin's paintings, water and its shoreline is a frequent subject.  Defining the look of a place is important, while colour and tone is heightened to emphasise the sense of natural light, atmosphere and narrative possibilities.  

Inspired by a period spent this winter in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Cora Murphy's  work differs greatly from Cashin, as it takes on a more abstract look, concentrating on capturing the energy of the sea through the use of sumptuous thick layers of paint. 

The  quiet, subtle toned geometric paintings of Sam Curtin are inspired by  Trinity Footbridge, in Cork City - a pedestrian route very familiar to the artist. Street lights cast the shadows of the ballustrades into an intricate geometric pattern of tones, which the artist attempts to give a permanence to.

Figurative paintings, inspired by life, photography and found images are presented by Jennifer O' Connor. The portrayal of the character of the person and a mood is all important to her in these small and precious paintings. 

Animals as well as people make an appearance in the mezzotint prints of Aoife Layton. Elements of play and menace appear in her works, suggesting both our sometimes warm encounters with animals and our unease at their presence at other times.