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Studio Exhibitions

17 September 2009 - 23 October 2009


Île d'Hiver | Winter Island

Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, France, Sheila Pratschke, selected thirteen Graphic Studio Dublin artists and asked them to make contemporary fine art prints in response to the Irish artefacts in the extensive collections in the National Museum of Ireland. When the Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Dr. Pat Wallace, was asked how he would describe what comprises the museum's collections he said that the Museum holds the material culture of all the peoples who have ever lived on the island of Ireland.

The exhibiting artists are: Jean Bardon, Mary Rose Binchy, Niamh Flanagan, John Graham, Jennifer Lane, Brian Lalor, Stephen Lawlor, Margo McNulty, Ruth O'Donnell, Geraldine O'Reilly, Tom Phelan, Marc Reilly and Robert Russell.

Le Centre Culturel Irlandais de Paris a invité 13 artistes du Graphic Studio Dublin à participer à une exposition d'estampes contemporaines inspirée par des oeuvres irlandaises de l'importante collection du Musée National d'Irlande (National Museum of Ireland). En la décrivant, le Directeur, Dr Pat Wallace, évoque le matériel culturel riche des habitants de l'Irlande à travers les âges.

Les artistes exposants sont: Jean Bardon, Mary Rose Binchy, Niamh Flanagan, John Graham, Jennifer Lane, Brian Lalor, Stephen Lawlor, Margo McNulty, Ruth O'Donnell, Geraldine O'Reilly, Tom Phelan, Marc Reilly et Robert Russell.


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The title 'Île d'Hiver | Winter Island' refers to the Romans' description of Ireland, a land they considered to be at the edge of the earth and so cold it was barely habitable. Contrary to being at the edge of the earth, the Irish collections in the National Museum of Ireland represent a nation that culturally collaborated, traded and looked outward. This inspired the artists to create a diverse exhibition in both subject matter and the innovative techniques that explore those subjects, including Japanese woodblock on paper and felt, cubes of carborundum prints, photo lambda prints and bronze figures. The exhibition is a striking contemporary reference to Irish history and ancestry.

The exhibition will transfer back to the National Museum of Ireland in 2010, the year of Graphic Studio Dublin's 50th Anniversary.

Le titre 'Île d'Hiver (Winter Island)' fait référence à la description antique par les romains de l'Irlande: une terre si froide à l'extrémité du monde qu'ils la considéraient à peine habitable. Ces collections irlandaises du Musée National donnent une image différente de la nation et du peuple irlandais: un peuple qui loin d'être isolé culturellement et commercialement était ouvert sur le monde.

Les artistes ont pu créer une exposition diverse tant par ses thèmes que par ses techniques novatrices et variées. Ils font appel à des techniques tel que la gravure japonaise sur bois imprimé sur du papier et du feutre, des estampes au carborundum en forme de cubes, des impressions numériques lambda ainsi que des figurines en bronze.

Cette exposition pose un regard pertinent et contemporain sur l'histoire de l'Irlande et celle de ses ancêtres. L'exposition sera de retour au Musée National en 2010 pour le cinquantième anniversaire du Graphic Studio Dublin.


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Jean Bardon
Illumination II,
etching with gold leaf,
49 cm x 73.5 cm,
[26 cm x 55 cm],
Edition of 10,
975

Mary Rose Binchy
Stone Spearhead,
monotype,
70 cm x 50 cm,
[44.5 cm x 35.5 cm],
650 (framed)

Niamh Flanagan
the past seeps up
from under us,
etching,
32.5 cm x 30 cm,
[20 cm x 20 cm],
Edition of 15,
220


John Graham
Plane E.G.1,
etching,
47.5 cm x 82.5 cm,
[19 cm x 58.5 cm],
Edition of 15,
550

Brian Lalor
Bishop, Shrine of the Stowe Missal, Lorrha,
Co. Tipperary,
woodcut,
45 cm x 32 cm,
[16 cm x 12.5 cm],
Edition of 10,
195


Jennifer Lane
Moon Bird,
woodblock print,
32 cm x 87 cm,
[22 cm x 78 cm],
Edition of 15,
390

Stephen Lawlor
Fontenoy III - Dillon's,
etching,
44 cm x 38 cm,
[12 cm x 14.5 cm],
Edition of 50,
220

Margo McNulty
Stockings FT.38,
lambda print,
42 cm x 59.5 cm,
[34 cm x 51 cm],
Edition of 6,
600

Ruth O'Donnell
Medieval Mindset,
carborundum,
20.5 cm x 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm,
Edition of 25,
500

Geraldine O'Reilly
My mother casts a shadow,
etching & aquatint with photo polymer plate,
29 cm x 16 cm,
Edition of 15,
250


Tom Phelan
Line Drawing IV,
woodblock on felt,
115 cm x 60.5 cm,
Edition of 10,
560

Marc Reilly
Early Irish Birdsong - fragment WREN...,
etching,
68 cm x 65 cm,
[50 cm x 50 cm],
Edition of 25,
600

Robert Russell
Men of Ireland I, Tomás,
etching,
35 cm x 23 cm,
[22 cm x 11 cm],
Edition of 10,
140