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Volume 40. No. 4

Winter 2023

The Winter 2023 edition of the Irish Arts Review features a superb selection of articles to enjoy, from artists On View across Ireland in November, December, January and February to exhibitions such as Sonia Shiels at Visual, Carlow; John Kindness at the RHA; Mary K Sullivan at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre; Gordon Hogan at Source Arts Centre, Thurles. There are many informed and beautifully illustrated articles to enjoy including an interview with the stained glass artist Phyllis Burke, the sculptor John Byrne, the painter Patrick Leonard, and the photographer Debbie Godsell. Heritage features include articles on Francis Danby, William Osborne and the extraordinary doll’s house Titania’s Palace and an architectural review of the new Dublin Port Centre Precinct.


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Winter 2023

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Reclaiming Danby

Reclaiming Danby

Mary Stratton Ryan traces the life and career of Wexford-born artist Francis Alfred Danby



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Fairyland

Fairyland

Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch looks at the extraordinary creation of a doll’s house by a retired British Army officer


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Woman interrupted

Woman interrupted

Tricia Cusack considers past portraits of women readers that position them as independent thinkers and intellectuals


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Free  spirit

Free spirit

Kathryn Milligan finds that the tension between Patrick Leonard’s representational art and its contrast with high Modernism is peppered throughout the critical response to his work


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Heavenly light

Heavenly light

David Caron meets stained-glass artist Phyllis Burke, who tells him, ‘a sculptor’s medium is stone, wood or metal, a musician’s is sound, a glassblower’s is glass – but a stained-glass artist’s medium is light, and glass is their tool’


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Harvest Thanksgiving

Harvest Thanksgiving

Debbie Godsell tells Stephanie McBride that she used natural light in her photographs of harvest displays in churches in Co Cork to portray as honest an image as possible


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Reclaimed heritage

Reclaimed heritage

James Howley finds the contemporary interventions bold and confident in the early 20th century electrical Substation at Dublin Port


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Full circle

Full circle

Peter Murray explores the life and work of sculptor John Byrne


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A Sense of Home

A Sense of Home

Ahead of Gordon Hogan’s first exhibition in Ireland, Mike Fitzpatrick visits the artist at his home in Tipperary


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Noble studies

Noble studies

Julian Campbell remembers the painter William Osborne, in the bicentenary of his birth


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Silent matter

Silent matter

Aidan Dunne considers the work of four artists, whose paintings are on view in the atmospheric space of Rathfarnham Castle


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Out of exile

Out of exile

John P O’Sullivan meets with John Kindness ahead of his exhibition ‘Odyssey’, at the Royal Hibernian Academy


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Island life

Island life

Gráinne Coughlan examines the work of Bere Island artist Mary K Sullivan


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The Myth of Medusa

The Myth of Medusa

Sonia Shiel turns painting on its head, writes Catherine Marshall, and her exhibition invites reflective pauses, moments to question what you have just seen


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