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Wednesday 17 September 2014

'Double Back' opens

Published 30/08/2014 | 00:00

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It's fitting that the first exhibition for the re-opening of the Basement Gallery is by a Dundalk born artist.

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It's fitting that the first exhibition for the re-opening of the Basement Gallery is by a Dundalk born artist.

Ciaran O'Sullivan, who is originally from Dromiskin and now based in Limerick, is delighted to be coming back to the gallery, where he had his first first solo show in 2008 and also took part in a number of group shows.

'The Basement Gallery is a great space and very well known around the country. I am extremely grateful to the arts committee in Dundalk as that exhibition was a springboard for me,' he says. 'Having my first solo show there really opened a lot of doors for me and I've had several solo exhibitions since then.'

A past-pupil of the Marist, Ciaran studied initially at N.C.A.D. and completed his education studying painting at Limerick School of Art and Design.

Although he returned to teach in the Marist for a number of years, he was drawn to Limerick, travelling back there at weekends.

He is now married with a young son and teaches in Limerick. Teaching, he explains, affords him the freedom to peruse his artistic vision.

'I come up to the studio after work and paint late into the night and during the school holidays.'

He has exhibited paintings nationally in both group and solo art exhibitions including the R.H.A.'s Annual Exhibition.

'My work consists of oil paintings on canvas and pencil drawings,' he explains. 'Each painting or drawing has its own mood or theme.'

He is particularly drawn to portraits and figure drawings with faces and people emerging from the colours and the textures of the canvass much as Michelangelo's sculptures emerged from the uncut stone.

Ciaran's exhibition 'Double Back' will open on Friday August 29 coinciding with the rebranding of the town hall as the Tain Arts Centre.

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