Say It With Brushes exhibition at Solas Art Gallery

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Say It With Brushes exhibition at Solas Art Gallery

Sidhe Og, an oil on canvas piece by Sligo artist John Cullen

Ballinamore’s Solas Art Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of work by John Cullen this Friday, February 8.


John Cullen is from Coolaney in County Sligo and graduated at IT Sligo with a BA (hons) in Fine Art in 2009. John has exhibited widely in the intervening years.
He was a previous resident artist at King House, Boyle and he won a Leitrim Sculpture Centre Award in summer 2014.
John says he wants his art to reflect the fragility of our eco-system and environment, a process in flux and degradation, struggling to maintain equilibrium.


The artist believes in the imperfect line, and the frailty of failure.
He believes in the uncertainty of painting, and the beauty of imperfection.
There are no structures or systems, only chaos and entropy. Thus he wishes to convey in his work the precariousness of it all, balanced on a knife edge, on the point of disintegration and dissolution.
John's current work is representative of familiar landscapes, yet at the same time evoking an aura of other-worldliness.
By seeking not to illustrate landscape, but to experience it through creating its “plastic otherness,” he aims to bridge the chasm between perceived notions of the environment, and the actuality of living.

John Cullen's take on snow


The Say It With Brushes exhibition by John Cullen will be opened by professional artist Emma Stroude.
Emma’s artwork of drawing and painting portraiture (particularly of women's role in Irish history) and the landscapes of the Atlantic coastline, is internationally recognised.
Also, this Friday Solas Art Gallery will introduce Gerry Bohan, who will perform his written word Feet First.
Gerry is from Mohill and has produced a multi-media installation in conjunction with Louis McLoughlin, artist and chairperson of Solas Art Gallery.
This interesting installation will be on view until March 2 upstairs at the gallery and is a great display for people of all ages to enjoy.
Word, art and music combine this Friday at Solas Art Gallery.


The exhibition opening is at 7.30pm this Friday, February 8 but both installations will continue until March 2.
For more details on upcoming exhibitions to contact the centre, visit the website www.solasartie or call Ben or Gail on 071 9644210.