In and of Itself – Abstraction in the age of images


Gallagher Gallery
18 Nov, 2022 - 29 Jan, 2023

In today’s world we are constantly swamped by images. Street advertisement is now animated rhythmically changing from one product to another. Our phones access various apps that allows us to see a myriad of photos taken by people we know and people we don’t laced with images of products that algorithms think we should like.

This exhibition assembles a selection of intergenerational artists, from those in their seventies through to middle decades to artists in their late twenties. The selection was made in the rigorous pursuit of abstraction and not the abstracted. Its antecedent lies in Malevich’s geometric severity not Picasso or Braque’s representational based cubism.

No artist in this exhibition is trying to depict or represent something.

They each are creating work that is self-referential; dealing with shape, colour, geometry, materiality, scale, weight and gravity, more the algebra of seeing than its arithmetic. Through painting and sculpture In and of Itself presents the work of twenty artists who value this non-representational approach to art making and offers the viewer an opportunity to probe, question and appreciate their courageous endeavours.

Artists: Elizabeth Archbold, Tinka Bechert, Helen Blake, Megan Burns, John Cronin, Ellen Duffy, Taffina Flood, Jane Fogarty, Richard Gorman RHA, Leah Hewson, Ronnie Hughes, Joanna Kidney, Fergus Martin, Sinéad Rice, John Noel Smith, Charles Tyrrell ARHA, Samuel Walsh, Corban Walker, Michael Warren RHA and Sarah Wren Wilson. Curated by Patrick T. Murphy, Director RHA. 


Helen G. Blake, Second Sleep, 2022, Oil on linen, 40 x 50cm, image courtesy of the artist.

Richard Gorman, Untitled for Dermot (3 Components: 1/3, 2/3, 3/3), 1994-2018, 240 x 400cm, Oil on linen, Courtesy of The Butler Gallery Collection.

Tinka Bechert, Handlanger, 2018, 120 x 100cm, Acrylic, collage and mixedmedia on raw canvas, Image courtesy of the artist.

Sarah Wren Wilson, It’s only a Game, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 120cm, Image courtesy of the artist.

Samuel Walsh, Cloonlara XVI, 2011, Acrylic and oil paint on canvas, 150 x 150cm, Image courtesy of the artist.

Helen G Blake, Elysian Fields, 2022, Oil on linen, 40 x 50cm, Image courtesy of the artist.



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