Autumn 2014 Edition

The Crafts Council has been metamorphosed into the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and is launching a campaign next year to promote more employment opportunities in design related businesses. Irish Design 2015 will be of particular interest to the 2014 graduates of the art colleges, some of whose work we feature on pages 88/95 and more widely in our New Generation Artists Online Gallery at  One fairly recent graduate from CIT, Will Sliney last year published a ‘graphic novel’ on the Legend of Cú Chulainn with O’Brien Press. Now, as CLÁR Ní DHUIBHEANNAIGH recounts, he has been appointed the lead artist with US Marvel comic group to let his imagination run riot on a contemporary hero called Spider-Man.  Cian McLoughlin whose self-portrait appears on our front cover says that he ‘has painted as many self-portraits as all my portraits of other people put together’. BRENDAN ROONEY finds that they are ‘characterized less by line and contour than by vigorous brushwork and the gravitational fall of paint on canvas’.  Hopefully the RHA will mount a retrospective of the work of Patrick Hennessy, the centenary of whose birth falls next year. In the meantime, BRIAN FALLON remembers the painter who ‘gave the impression of a man and artist who did not wholly belong in any one country’.  There is no doubt about the coming retrospective for Maria Simonds-Gooding. As CATHERINE MARSHALL writes, ‘it is fitting that in her 75th year the RHA is finally giving her the large retrospective she deserves’.  Widely recognized in his lifetime and patronized by Daniel O’Connell who gifted his Martyrdom of Thomas á Becket now hanging in Westland Row church, Alfred Elmore (1815-1881) is almost forgotten today. CAOIMHÍN DE BHAILÍS hopes he will be remembered on his forthcoming bi-centenary.  Continuing our series of Art Lives, BRIAN McAVERA remembers Edward Murphy, the erstwhile Librarian at NIVAL, SEÁN Ó LAOIRE recalls the importance of Michael Scott and his influential architectural partnership with Ronald Tallon and Robin Walker.  FRANCES RUANE looks back on the founder of the Boyle Arts Festival, Fergus Ahern. Elsewhere in this issue there’s GERRY DUKES on Tom Fitzgerald, LEVI HANES on Duncan Campbell, ALANNAH HOPKIN on Elizabeth Cope, CARISSA FARRELL on Graham Gingles, STEPHANIE McBRIDE on Patrick Donald’s photographs of Dubliners and PETER MURRAY on James Hamilton’s portrait by George Stubbs. Usual features include Under the Hammer by Robert O’Byrne, Design portfolio by Eleanor Flegg, Diary of Events by Sinead Claire Brophy and Art News. There are book reviews by Paul Harron, Seamus O’Brien, John A McCullen, Toby Barnard, Sarah Kelleher, Joseph McBrinn, Anthony Haughey and Hector McDonnell.

Featured in the Autumn 2014 Online edition:

Magnificent Obsession Carissa Farrell unpacks the contents of Graham Gingles’ signature wall-hanging boxes on view at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo throughout September
Regeneration As old distinctions continue to be erased from fine art education, Gerry Walker introduces ceramics, fashion and furniture design to our review of some of the top art graduates of 201
A Pilgrims Trace On the eve of two exhibitions tracing the development of Maria Simonds-Gooding’s career, Catherine Marshall asks; what drives this artist’s sustained investigation of humanity’s occupation of the landscape from West Kerry to Bhutan?
In the footsteps of the master Seán Ó Laoire remembers Michael Scott, the charismatic figurehead of Scott Tallon Walker, who was also admired for his wider cultural influence

Also in the Summer Edition of the Irish Arts Review (Subscribe here):

The Middle Watch Brendan Rooney discovers a renewed painterly energy in Cian McLoughlin’s paintings for his first solo show at the J Cacciola Gallery in New York this autumn
The Celtic Zoo Tom Fitzgerald’s satirical watercolours, now published in book form, cast a cold eye on the consequences of the Celtic Tiger years, writes Gerry Dukes
B is for Beatty Fionnuala Croke reveals some hidden gems among the rarely-seen treasures on display in the ‘A to Z’ exhibition at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin
Winter in Brazil Elizabeth Cope’s new paintings will bring the vivid colours of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro to her late autumn exhibition at the Origin Gallery, reports Alannah Hopkin
Cinéma vérité Levi Hanes previews the first major showing of Turner-nominee Duncan Campbell’s film work at IMMA from November
Boyle’s cultural capital Frances Ruane remembers Fergus Ahern, as the 25th year of the Boyle Arts Festival is marked by an exhibition from its civic collection at the RHA
Shaped by history Elizabeth Kirwan looks at Gerry Andrews’ seven-year photographic project, on Limerick’s Milk Market in the 1970s, on exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, Dublin
Legends and superheroes Clár Ní Dhuibheannaigh charts the international success of Cork-born graphic artist Will Sliney
Taking stock Materials, like old objects, carry a history’, sculptor Bob Sloan looks back over a creative lifetime in conversation with Brian McAvera
Dublin in camera Patrick Donald’s 21st-century images of Dubliners convey an intense engagement with expressive elements of the city and its citizens, writes Stephanie McBride
The Parable of the Sower Brian McAvera pays tribute to Edward Murphy, the dynamic founder of the National Irish Visual Arts Library at the National College of Art and Design
Regarding Patrick Hennessy Brian Fallon assesses the art of Patrick Hennessy ahead of his centenary next year
Portraits of a landscape Ruth Musielak considers the vista from Lord Charlemont’s Casino in Marino as illustrated by the current landscape exhibition
Country life The 2nd Earl of Clanbrassill’s achievement in the creation of a grand landscape at Tollymore in Co Down remains largely unchanged today, writes Peter Murray
Elmore: behind the scenes Caoimhín de Bhailís recalls the successful London career of Victorian artist, Alfred Elmore RA, who is less well known in his native Cork