The Molesworth Gallery

Gillian Lawler

Urban Mountain III, oil on canvas, 153 x 122cm


____The former head of collections at IMMA, Catherine Marshall, has written of Lawler’s work that it is pervaded by unease. “It hangs like microscopic atoms of pollution in the air, lingers around multiple ‘blind’ windows, seeks to find a foothold under the high rises, only to collapse into the hollow grid-like like spaces that should be their foundations, and attempts to settle on ground that is subtly curved, billowing or cratered.” The work is marked by “strange blooms of faded colour, dusty pinks, yellows and greens that glow uncertainly against almost monochrome ground colours, surprised occasionally by more accentuated patchworks that remind one simultaneously of Colin Middleton and of illustrated children’s books.”

____Yet Marshall also maintains that Lawler’s incredibly subtle treatment of colour, texture and scale, “make her work a celebration of everything that is good in painting. The work is uplifting because it is always uplifting to find artists with the courage to address difficult issues. When they do it so subtly and effortlessly, we all benefit. The last words in relation to Lawler’s painting are a repetition of those attributed to the great German Modernist Mies Van Der Rohe on good architecture: ‘less is more’.”

____Lawler was born in Kildare in 1977. She received a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 2000. She has won numerous awards including the Hennessy Craig Award, RHA Gallery Annual exhibition in 2007, the Whytes Award, RHA Gallagher Gallery in 2007 and the overall winner of the Open Selection Exhibition Award at the Eigse Arts Festival in 2009. Other awards include a Kildare Arts Services Award 2015/2013/2011/2009, an Arts Council Bursary Award 2009, and Culture Ireland Award 2011. She was shortlisted for the Beers Lambert Contemporary, Thames and Hudson publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2013, the Celeste International Art Prize in 2012 and a Merit prize from the Golden Fleece Award in 2013.



Curriculum vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2016, Molesworth Gallery, eminent domain. Click here to read a review of the show in "The Irish Times"

2015, Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin, eminent domain II.

2014, Galway Arts Centre, eminent domain.

2010, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast.

2010, Cavanacor Gallery, Fields of Vision, Donegal.

2009, The Dock Arts Centre, Leitrim.

2009, This is not a shop, Dublin.

2008, Cross Gallery, Dublin.

2007, Draiocht Arts Centre, Dublin.

2007, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast.

2006/2004/2002 Cross Gallery, Dublin.n

Group Exhibitions

2016, Vue Art Fair, Molesworth Gallery at the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

2016, Pallas Projects Gala Benefit Auction with Whyte's, Irish Georgian Society, Dublin

2002 - 2016 2002, RHA Annual Exhibitions, Dublin

2015, The Future is Self-Organised, Limerick City Gallery

2015, Vue Art Fair, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

2015, Wavelenght, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

2015, Panorama, Pallas Projects, Dublin

2015/2014/2013/2012, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Jonathan Swift Gallery

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