Oisín Gallery's 25th Anniversary Show
25th Anniversary Show October 15 - 25 2003
Established since the 15th of October
1978, Oisín Gallery curator, Antoinette L. Sinclair, has invited former &
existing gallery artists to produce inspiring works to celebrate this landmark.
The exhibition formally opens on Wednesday 15 October at 6pm and will be
introduced by Senator David Norris, along with entertainment from the
international dance troop, Celtic Rhythm. The artists involved include John
& John Francis Skelton, Liam Belton, Arther K. Madderson, Katy Simpson, Alan
Kenny & many more. Continues until 25.
Gallery first opened its doors in Clontarf in 1978. In the early 1980’s, the
gallery moved to a 550 square foot space in suburban Fairview on the city’s
north side, whilst continuing to run its successful custom-framing business in
Baldoyle. In 1990, the gallery moved to its present location on Westland Row, in
the heart of Dublin’s museum district, next door to the National Gallery and
just minutes away from Trinity College. Over the years, Oisín Gallery has
established strong links with dealers, collectors, auctioneers and artists.
Alongside their more permanent exhibitors, such as John Skelton, Alan Kenny and
Willie Cunningham, the gallery is also highly regarded for its collection of
up-and-coming and established contemporary artists, including the Katy Simpson,
Katherine Liddy and Bryan Smyth.
The Oisín Gallery is very much a
family operation, with Donal McNeela as the director of the gallery, while his
brother, Rory McNeela, currently oversees Oisín’s custom framing business in
Baldoyle. A third brother, Paraic, has developed an illustrious business for
hand-made traditional Irish musical instruments. The gallery has always prided
itself as a ‘people’s gallery’, inviting artists and visitors to call-in
at any time, all year round. This is one of the key factors to the gallery’s
success. Oisín has always maintained an awareness that to make a free and
personal choice is a creative act, which helps to define an individual’s own
identity. This is nowhere more so than with the choice of a work of art because
it is so complex. At Oisín Gallery, the relaxed and friendly approach allows
its clients to feel at ease and become much more aware of the work.
Paintings in the exhibition