Landscape and wildlife exhibition at Solas Gallery

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Landscape and wildlife exhibition at Solas Gallery

Scurmore by Grainne Dowling

Solas Gallery is proud to present two exceptional exhibitions running in tandem from May 11 to June 2 in Ballinamore.

Artist Deirdre Burke has produced this exhibition as a direct response to the benign attitude we have towards our wildlife and habitats. The work takes a critical view of political issues surrounding the protection, or lack of, of our heritage.


Deirdre thinks of her work as an inventory, (of drawings, paintings, prints, clay and found and acquired objects), all of which through a consistent methodology come together to present a visual consistent dialogue.
Grainne H. Dowling's subject matter is landscape, in particular the landscape of North Mayo and Sligo, where she was born, and the Curragh where she now lives.


In her work she wants to celebrate the subtlety and nuance of the natural world, to convey the emotion felt rather than representing a particular place. Using the recognised language of landscape such as horizon lines and boundaries, the paint is pulled across the canvas, scraped back, reworked, all the while being mindful of the shapes and edges created by accident, which speak to her of waves, clouds, rocks, light, shadow, colour and form.
Brendan Dean, a local multimedia visual artist will officially launch the opening of the joint exhibitions on Friday May 11 at 7.30pm. Tantalizing refreshments and nibbles as always will be provided.