David Farren & Richard Whincop

Thursday 14 – Saturday 23 May 2009

Thursday 16 – Saturday 25 April 2009

view exhibition paintings

Oisín Gallery       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

SEE IN, SEE OUT
a joint exhibition of paintings by

David Farren and Richard Whincop

Private View Thursday 14 May 6.00pm to 8.00pm (with artists in attendance)
The exhibition will continue from 15 to 23 May 2009.
Hours 9am to 5.30pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 5.30pm Saturday.

 

Listing: See In, See Out is a joint exhibition hosted by Oisín Gallery featuring Dublin and New York street scenes by Lancashire artist David Farren, alongside images of museum interiors and interpretations of iconic paintings with surrealist overtones by Glasgow-based painter Richard Whincop. Both artists have previously held sell-out solo exhibition at the gallery in 2007 and 2006 respectively. Launch takes places from 6 to 8pm Thursday 14 May, and is open daily from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. Exhibition continues until Saturday 23 May. This exhibition f. 44 Westland Row Dublin 2 Ireland. +353 1 661 1315. Further details online at www.oisingallery.com.

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Featured Artists:

Richard Whincop was born in 1964 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire in the United Kingdom. He graduated in English and Art History from the University of York in 1986, after which he pursued a career as a free-lance artist in Preston, Lancashire. He moved to Glasgow in 1988 shortly after his first solo exhibition at Worden Park Arts Centre in Leyland, and began teaching art classes for mature students in the Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. During this time, he worked to commission and exhibited drawings at the Collins Gallery and the University of Strathclyde. In 1996, he teamed up with Fiona Paton, a designer and abstract painter, to form Treehaus, an art & design partnership wherein they produced paintings, sculptures and interior adornments for commercial premises throughout Scotland. Richard was later short-listed for the Irvine's Bridge of Invention Competition. Following a debilitating bout of M.E. in 2003, Richard began to work on a series of paintings entitled Art & not-Art, which explored the relationship between people and works of art. These were first exhibited at the Glasgow Art Fair in 2005, after which he was invited to submit new works for Oisín Gallery's Summer Event Exhibition and an International Group-Show later the same year. This was followed by his debut solo-exhibition in March 2006, which sold out prior to the launch.

Richard's paintings explore the relationship between people and works of art on display in museums and galleries. Their appearance is one of total objectivity, when they are in fact careful reconstructions; loaded with ambiguities of meaning and interpretation. He directs the viewer toward a metaphorical key hole through which we are able to catch a glimpse into the world of the museum. His choice of perspective and scale offer a hint of the richness and diversity of the exhibits, from the depictions of finely detailed marble carvings to the formidable physical presence of larger-than-life figurative sculptures, which are tempered by the close proximity of his real-life guests; visitors to the museum, who are captured in poses of scrutiny, interest, or complete oblivion to their impressive surroundings.
In this latest collection of paintings, Richard has developed his initial concerns regarding the interplay between visitors and exhibits in art institutions, and instead explores notions of altering the viewer’s expectation by presenting familiar spaces and images out of context or their typical environment. He says of his work:

“Classically inspired architecture creates a sense of grandeur, a formal theatricality that leads us to anticipate something elevated, edifying, even eternal: Art with a capital ‘A’. The grouping and juxtaposition of works encourages us to ‘compare and contrast’, while informative labels set works within a broader art historical context, seeing them as elements within a bigger picture. However, while this may open the door to a work of art, the true impact of a work of art is only felt when the immediate surroundings fade away, and viewer’s imagination enters and becomes absorbed by the work of art.”

This series of new paintings elicit strong psychological responses; inviting the viewer to decipher the connotations prevalent within these ambiguous, strangely familiar, yet foreign themes.

David Farren was born in Wiltshire and now lives and works in Lancashire, England. Over the course of his career, his cityscapes have rapidly gained a following through a number of sell-out solo-exhibitions in the United Kingdom. He has held solo exhibitions in venues such as the Leith Gallery in Edinburgh, the Troubadour Gallery in Manchester, the Chapel Gallery in Lancashire, and the Untitled Gallery in London. He has also participated in group exhibitions in the Stockport Art Gallery, the Brewery Arts Open in Cumbria, the West Lancashire Open through which he was selected as the Peoples' Choice Winner, in addition to being represented at the Manchester Art Fair, and the Battersea and Bristol Affordable Art Fairs. He held his debut solo-exhibition in Dublin at Oisín Gallery in May 2007.

David uses vibrant brushwork and colour to represent the energy and movement of the urban landscape, providing a snapshot of everyday life. His aim is to capture the ambience and individuality of cities; specifically New York, Manchester, San Francisco, Dublin and Paris. Landscapes occasionally emerge as a chosen subject matter, inspired by the nearby Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, as well as from his travels abroad. He paints in oil and acrylic, enjoying the immediacy and versatility of both mediums, appropriate for his direct, expressive style. The portrayal of constantly shifting natural light within his urban scenes is particularly interesting. So too is his use of colour and ability to describe the softening effects of shadow and the harsh glare from sunlight reflected on glass, steel and rain-washed street; demonstrating his honed observational skills.
His paintings may be found in collections across Europe and America.

 

High resolution images available upon request

Contact: Antoinette Sinclair
Tel. 00353 (0)1 661 1315
antoinettels@oisingallery.com
www.oisingallery.com

Paintings in the exhibition