Gabhann Dunne, The milk owl, oil on gesso panel, 50 x 70cm
Gabhann Dunne, The quiet wolf of Gleann na nGealt, oil on gesso panel, 50 x 70cm
Gabhann Dunne, Suibhne, oil on gesso panel, 18 x 24cm
Gabhann Dunne, Soft is the yew, oil on gesso panel, 70 x 100cm
Gabhann Dunne, The battle of Magh Rath, oil on gesso panel, 70 x 100cm
Gabhann Dunne, Lone, oil on gesso panel, 13 x 18cm
Gabhann Dunne, The obedient otter, oil on gesso panel, 13 x 18cm
Gabhann Dunne, Brendan's stag, oil on gesso panel, 24 x 30cm
Gabhann Dunne, He rode him softly, oil on gesso panel, 30 x 40cm
Gabhann Dunne, Imagined portrait of TH White, oil on gesso panel, 13 x 18cm
Gabhann Dunne, Sweeney's gaze, oil on gesso panel, 13 x 18cm
In the presence of birds
October 9th - 31st, 2015
___The Molesworth Gallery is delighted to present In the Presence of Birds, our second solo exhibition of the work of Gabhann Dunne.
___In this new body of work, Dunne deals with the gap perceived to exist between animals and people, in particular, those who find themselves uncomfortable with being human and who wish to be subsumed into a larger non-human world.
___The principal inspiration for these works is the medieval Irish poem Buile Suibhne or Mad Sweeney in which an Irish king is cursed by a priest to wander the wild as a bird-like creature for the remainder of his life. The text is remarkable for the way it evokes a sense of place through the vivid descriptions of trees, animals, plants, rivers and mountains. And while it celebrates Sweeney’s attachment to the wild, it doesn’t shirk from depicting the hardships it presents to him.
___Buile Suibhne has inspired writers such as Seamus Heaney, Robert Graves and T.S. Eliot and continues to permeate culture, most recently in Neil Gaiman’s TV series American Gods. For Dunne, the poem is a vehicle for exploring a narrative between history, place and environment while establishing a sense of emotional investment in the natural world as well as critiquing our treatment of it.
___Dunne is a former winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship at the Royal Hibernian Academy. He was described by Cristín Leach - writing in The Sunday Times in May, 2015 - as ‘one of the best Irish painters of his generation’.
__Click here to read a preview of the exhibition in the autumn 2017 issue of The Irish Arts Review.
__Click here to read a review of Gabhann's previous exhibition at the LAB from The Sunday Times Culture magazine.
Master of Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, 2011
BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology, 1997
2015 The Flower's Pilgrim, The Molesworth Gallery
2015 Magenta Honey, The LAB, Dublin
2012 The Wavemaker’s Vision, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
2009 The Outermost House, Cross Gallery, Dublin
2006 Kisaeng, Alternative Entertainments Gallery
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Winter Group Exhibition, The Molesworth Gallery
2004-2014 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2013 40/40/40 (celebrating 40 Irish artists from the Office of Public Works managed State Art Collection), Central Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
2012 None went mad... none went away, Rubicon Gallery
2011 The Fold, a group show with Diana Copperwhite, Mark McGreevey and Sheila Rennick, Visual, Carlow
2011 Something is happening down at the zoo, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin
2010 Connections, Rua Red Gallery South Dublin Arts Centre
2011 Taylor Art Award, RDS National Student Art Awards
2009 RHA Hennessy Craig Scholarship Award
2009 Whyte’s Award for Painting, RHA Annual Exhibition
Office of Public Works, Axa Insurance, XL Group
Autumn 2017, Cristin Leach, Spellbound, The Irish Arts Review
May 2015, Cristin Leach, Magenta Honey, The Sunday Times
June 2014, Cristin Leach, The art of storytelling, The Sunday Times
Aug 2012, Gemma Tipton, Painting's not dead, it's just hard, The Irish Times
Feb 2012, Susan Morrell, The crossing at Roscommon, The Sunday Business Post
May 2011, Cristin Leach, The Fold, The Sunday Times
May, 2011, Gemma Tipton, Carlow’s Visual joins the Fold, The Irish Times
May 2011, Art Forum, The Fold
Oct 2009, Aidan Dunne, Possibilities of performance anticipated, The Irish Times