Colm Mac Athlaoich | Clean
Beach | 2021 | Oil on canvas | 140 x 110cm.
For Culture night 2022 the Arts Council will
maintain its proud tradition of showcasing a selection of works recently added
to its extensive Visual Art Collection.
This year we are delighted to once again
welcome audiences to share these works in person at the Arts Council’s
buildings in Dublin as part of Culture night.
Works by many of Irelands most distinguished
and celebrated artists will be shown on the night including recently acquired
pieces by: Helen Blake, Vivienne Dick, Eleanor Duffin, Paul Hallahan, Andreas
Kindler Von Knobloch, Vera Klute, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Leanne McDonagh, Rajinder
Singh, Kathy Tynan, Suzanne Walsh and Marcel Vidal.
The works on show from the Collection
showcase the Arts Councils ongoing commitment to purchasing excellent and
ambitious works of art which reflect the amazing standard of contemporary Irish
visual arts practice and which both engage with and represent Ireland today.
In addition to the artworks on display in
Merrion Square on the night the Arts Council Collection can also be seen
throughout the country as part of ongoing exhibitions and long term display in
public buildings such as hospitals, universities and schools.
For those who won’t be able to visit in
person on the night we are sharing some insight on each of the artist and
artworks which will be on display:
‘Mac Athlaoich’s paintings deal
with ideas of materiality, process and perception. His works sit between
figuration and abstraction, exploring the space between. Source material from
online social platforms as well as self-documentation form a starting point to
explore ideas of contemporary pathos and idyll.
Mac Athlaoich studied at The National College of
Art and Design, Dublin and Sint Luca, Brussels where he is now based. He has
studied and worked with master printmakers of both The Graphic and The Black
Church Print Studios. He was co-founder and co-director of Monster Truck
Gallery and Studios, Dublin. His earlier career as printmaker, illustrator and
musician informs his painting practice.’
Since 1962, the Arts Council has been buying
art from working artists. The Collection that evolved tells the story of modern
and contemporary Irish visual art in a unique and fascinating way. Today the
Collection continues to grow and its almost 1,300 paintings, sculptures and
other works are on display in public spaces all over Ireland for people to
experience and enjoy first hand.
Explore the Collection and more on
our website here.