Push and Pull

Niall de Buitléar

19 Jan, 2018 - 11 Feb, 2018
RHA Ashford Gallery – Hennessy Programme
Niall de Buitléar presents Push and Pull a new body of work for the RHA Ashford Gallery. The work in this exhibition employs an abstract vocabulary that is articulated through the layering and accumulation of simple forms that in their multiplicity become more complex structures.

Drawing is central to the artist’s practice and de Buitléar is interested in how drawing can ow into other media. There is a back and forth dialogue between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, the handmade and the digital. The artist also takes inspiration from ideas relating to music. The paintings in Push and Pull are in uenced by the writings of musician David Byrne, in his book How Music Works, 2012, where Byrne describes his collaborations with musician Brian Eno and the band Talking Heads, 1975-1991 and their attempts to structure music using layered textures rather than following the conventional western musical structures, to create a composition that is “multilayered and non-hierarchal; it has no centre or focal point.”

De Buitléar’s paintings begin with the circle. He composes this circle into multiples that are then arranged geometrically and become the main framework for layered, linear, black and white works that continuously explore ideas of tex- ture, rhythm, structure, tone, and movement.

Irish Times writer Aidan Dunne has described the work as “…built from intricate concentric patterns [that] are geometric but also suggestive of organic processes. They equate to the world outside: complex and orderly but also contingent and unpredictable. Their handmade precision makes them visually fascinating. You could quite happily live with any one of them and never tire of it.”

ASHFORD IN CONVERSATION SERIES: Niall de Buitléar with curator Sheena Barrett
5.30pm, Wednesday 7 February
RHA Ashford Gallery Join Curator and Assistant Arts Officer, Dublin City Council, Sheena Barrett who will be in conversation with current Ashford artist Niall de Buitlear. This informal discussion will take in the work in the show, and the artist’s wider practice and working methods.  

The RHA Ashford Gallery Programme is Sponsored by Hennessy.
Image: Niall de Buitléar, Looming, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 17.8 x 12.7 cm, Image courtesy of the artist.

  • Date:

    19 Jan, 2018 - 11 Feb, 2018
  • Time:

    Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00 Wednesday Late Opening: 11.00 – 20.00
  • Price:

    Free
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