The Molesworth Gallery
  Blaise Smith ARHA

Brandon Hill with a farm ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 40 x 67cm





Blackstairs sunset ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 36 x 24cm




Sundown on Stook Hill ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 26 x 36cm





Sundown on Stook Hill ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 36 x 26cm






Little Kerry Bay ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 10 x 15cm





Black Treacle ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 44 x 36cm





Josephine's bread ~ oil on gesso panel ~ 36 x 44cm


New Small Works

December 4th - 23rd, 2015


000"Blaise Smith is an en plein air artist in the truest sense of the term." So says TCD Associate Professor in the History of Art, Angela Griffiths, writing in the winter 2015 edition of The Irish Arts Review. "He is an artist who revels in the challenges and possibilities of representing his immediate surroundings through the medium of paint." But Griffiths also notes the artist's contemporary aesthetic: "He records man's ancient and contemporary interventions in the landscape, including fences, out-houses, roads and stone walls. Ordinarily considered to have little aesthetic appeal, his depictions of work spaces and machinery are paradigms of harmony and control."

000The exhibition also features a series of still lives where the painted image owes as much to colour theory as the observed object. For Smith, as quoted in the IAR, "colour harmony is the endgame of painting".

000Born in 1967, Blaise Smith studied visual art NCAD. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at The Molesworth Gallery, as well at The Hunt Museum in Limerick and Visual in Carlow. He has been selected three times for BP Portrait Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London and has completed several major public commissions, among them "Roadworks", a set of twenty four paintings depicting men and machines of Cork County Council for its centenary. He has won many awards and was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2012. He also sits on the board of the National College of Art and Design.


Schoolworks, Carlow Coounty Council, 2012
The Kilkenny Landscape, Kilkenny County Council, 2000
Roadworks: Cork County Council Centenary Commission 1999
2004 The RHA James Adam Award, artist for future appreciation
2001 The RHA Abbey Stained Glass Studio Award
2000 The RHA Caracciolo Medal
1999 The Arnotts National Portrait Award (2nd)
1998 The RHA Fergus O'Ryan Memorial Award
1998 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
Schoolworks, Visual, Carlow, 2012
Weapons, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2008
The Molesworth Gallery, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
, 2014
The BP Portrait Award Exhibition, 2003, 2004
RHA Annual show 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997
The Crawford Open, 2000
Boyle Arts Festival, 1998, 2004
Blaise Smith, The Dolmen Gallery Limerick, 1998
The Irish Arts Review, Winter 2015, Dr Angela Griffith
BP Portrait Award catalogues, various years, published by The National Portrait GAllery, London
The Molesworh Gallery, various publications 2001 - 2012

The Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, Robert O'Byrne, 2010
New European Artists, Edited by Edward Lucey Smith, Bruce Arnold et al, published by Annual Development, Amsterdam, 2001
A buyer's guide to Irish art, Editor Meg Walker, Ashville Media Group 2002

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