Thursday 20 June 2019

Exhibition of paintings by the late Jim Morrison

One of the pieces by Jim Morrison which will be on display
One of the pieces by Jim Morrison which will be on display

The work of the late Jim Morrison, the founder of Signal Arts Centre, will be on display at the Bray gallery from Monday, June 10, until Sunday, June 23.

The exhibition is entitled 'Teallach': A Retrospective from Jim Morrison 1954 - 2017', meaning hearth and reflecting the cooperative effort of the friends and family who planned the show.

Jim graduated with a BA Fine Art in Painting from NCAD in 1983. He exhibited in the RHA and in various shows in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and elsewhere.

Jim's work is in the collection of Kildare County Council as well as private collectors.

He was a native of Kildare and lived in Bray from 1988 until his death in 2017.

This selection of his work has been put together with the kind permission of his collectors and family and it is the first time that they have been shown together.

Jim had a meticulous realist style which took in themes from portraiture to the military.

His attention to detail reflects his interest in the structures both of and by the society we live in.

He was fascinated by the inner workings of the human mind and this can be seen in the portrait work where the sitter often seems remote from the viewer, concerned with their own moment in time.

Discovering the artist's works has been a journey in itself. Just finding the owners and locations of Jim's drawings and paintings revealed an intriguing story of personal interconnections and how an artist's works continue to reverberate as they become part of the weave and weft of the everyday.

Jim set up the Signal Arts Centre in 1990 and worked tirelessly to keep it going. He was dedicated to its success over the course of almost three decades.

In addition he thought painting classes in the Little Flower hall, BIFE and some workshops and classes at Signal.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, June 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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