Hallahan | The
song of a bird that has come to love its cage | 2019 | Acrylic
ink and paint on canvas | 230 ×
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:
‘Paul Hallahan's artwork
is primarily based in painting and sculpture, taking formalistic ideas from the
past and assigning them into today's world, to ask what art can do. His
interests are varied but commonly look at how we as humans engage and interact
with nature beyond ourselves, both individually and societally. He uses
pattern, repetition, and chance to look at themes that explore perception and
interaction with the environment on a micro and macro scale.
First exhibited in early 2019, this painting looks to an undisclosed landscape
under moonlight as a source. The work is an attempt to look at ideas and
concepts of sincerity rather than irony through landscape painting. The work is
titled from a quote by the American author David Foster Wallace in an interview
from 2003 about irony’s position in our modern world.’
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.