Orla Bates - Anna Campbell - Andrew Clancy - Colin Davdison
Tom Fitzgerald - Mike Fitzharris - Eileen Healy - Christy Keeney
Kelvin Mann - Francis Matthews - Eileen MacDonagh
Peter McTigue - Sarah O' Flaherty - Suzy O' Mullane Michael Quane - Gypsy Ray - Marc Reilly
Each year the Lavit Gallery invites an artist to select an exhibition and this year we have chosen the renowned Cork sculptor Michael Quane as selector.
Quane graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 1987 and has been consistently working and exhibiting since. He is famous for his animated – like figures and animals carved from stone. The horse has long featured in his work, often appearing alongside a human figure as in his major public sculpture “Horses and Riders” in Mallow, Co. Cork. Swimmers have also been a pre- occupation as can be seen in one of the works which will be on display “The Masked Diver” – a piece full of movement, but caught within stone. Quane sees drawing to be at the core of his work, and has recently been exhibiting these two dimensional works also. Quane was awarded membership of Aosdána in 1998, the highest accolade for artists in the country, and was awarded membership of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2004. His most recent award was the AXA drawing prize at this years RHA exhibition. He has exhibited extensively and is featured in many of the principal collections in the country.
Quane explains that his chief reason for selecting the artists in this exhibition, is because he liked their work. He also explains that he had a bias towards those with a strong contemporary approach to imagery and image making. Many of the artists in his selection, with the exception of the sculptors, are new to Quane, or he has only encountered their work recently. There is a great variety of work in this exciting selection. While it may seem clear why Quane has selected some of the sculptural work and to see why he might like the figurative and animal imagery in other work, urban realism and painterly abstract landscapes also appear in this very interesting selection.
The exhibition was officially opened on September 21st by Alannah Hopkin, co-author of “The Ship of Seven Murders”, and will continue until October 16th. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information relating to this exhibition.