Alison Pilkington’s paintings are situated between abstraction and figuration. Her paintings utilise simple half-formed shapes, which are open to metaphorical and anthropomorphic interpretation. They explore how familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb, disorientate or to be uncanny.
The idea of artistic freedom and creativity as a journey is alluded to during which a narrative unfolds through simple recurring motifs. In some paintings the shapes take on a character and are given an environment. References to paintings from different periods of art history frequently come through her paintings. There are also references to classical portraiture, landscape painting and the sublime. The paintings are frequently charged with a visual tension and are both humorous and unsettling. The quality of paint handling, although seemingly casual, is a result of repeated attempts at getting something ‘right’.
The Royal Hibernian Academy is located in the city centre of Dublin, adjacent to the National Gallery of Ireland and National Museum of Ireland and within close proximity to a wide variety of public transport services, such as Dublin Bus (Routes: 39A, 46A and 145) and Dart (Pearse Dart Station).
There is plenty of parking available in the neighbourhood and the RHA is fully wheelchair accessible.
Margadh RHA is a speciality food and wine outlet from the people behind Margadh Howth, Mamó Restaurant, Elm Epicurean and Barrow Market. The wine bar serves morning fare, lunch, hampers and gifts.