Artists' Choice

16th - May 6th 

The Lavit gallery celebrated it's 50th anniversary last year with many of Ireland's top artist's showing in it's programme. For this exhibition - Artists' Choice, the gallery looks forward with the help of some of these artists. A selection of 5 artists who featured in last year's programme have been invited back to show, while also asking them to select a younger/ less established artist to exhibit alongside them. The selecting artists are Robert Ballagh, Tom Climent, Martin Gale, James English and Arthur Maderson and their choices are the artists Rachel Ballagh, Hugh Delap, Louise Neiland, Michelle Considine and Meadhbh O' Donoghue.

The selectors will exhibit one piece each, while those they have selected have been invited to show 3 pieces each. The selectors' style will be instantly recognisable for many, - a painting of "The Volunteers" by Ballagh, the realism of Gale's Floodland, the colour of Climent, the soft haze of English's September Moon and the impressionist style of Maderson's river scene. While enjoying the known quality of these artist's work, this is also a chance to be introduced to some newer names.

Ballycotton based Rachel Ballagh has been selected by her father Robert Ballagh and will exhibit drawings which "capture a sense of ordered chaos, where nature wraps around itself and engulfs all, on its very determined pathway." A strong sense of drawing can also be seen in the large landscape work of Dublin based artist Michelle Considine, who is fascinated by the power of nature. Considine has been selected for this exhibition by James English. Hugh Delap's work demonstrates a playfulness of colour and shape and has been chosen by Tom Climent. A graduate of the Crawford College, Delap won the Craig Hennessy award at the RHA in 2011.

Louise Neiland's atmospheric landscape paintings have been selected by Martin Gale. Neiland had her first solo exhibition at the Taylor Galleries, in 2013, the gallery by which Gale is also represented. Arthur Maderson has chosen to give Maedhbh O' Donoghue the opportunity to show in this exhibition. O' Donoghue is our youngest exhibitor being still a secondary school student, and she will exhibit both painting and drawing, in this, her first gallery exhibition.

Arthur Maderson

Martin Gale

Michelle Considine

Louise Neiland