For Archbold, applying paint in an abstract process is tackling an impasse that calls for a search for gaps that might be a route forward. In the making of the paintings on display in Paint Moves, inspiration was drawn from everyday occurrences, observations experienced during walking, thinking about making paintings, found objects, nature, and ornamental pattern.
The painting processes that emerged were recollected through the body and informed intuitive applications in a response to the moment at the time of making. The activity of making a painting was questioned through experiments with surface and consistency, colour combinations, and form and space.
Elizabeth Archbold is a visual artist living and working in Dublin. She completed a BA in Fine Art Painting, at Dublin Institute of Technology, Mountjoy Square, in 2002, and a MFA in Fine Art Painting, at NCAD in 2014. Paint Moves at the Ashford Gallery is her third solo exhibition. “Peripheral Aspect”, was her first solo exhibition in 2010 in Rua Red, Gallery 2, followed by “Stasis Race” in Pallas Projects/Studios in 2017.
Selected group exhibitions include: Culture Connects, IPUT Wilton Park, Dublin, 2022; recent
RHA Annual Exhibitions 2020, 2021, & 2022; Artform Annual Exhibition, Waterford Quays,
2021; and Cairde Open Festival at the Model Niland, Sligo, 2017 & 2019. She has exhibited
abroad in Helsinki and in Tallinn.
Through the Arts Council of Ireland her practice was awarded a Practice Development Bursary
in 2020 and Agility Awards in 2021 and 2022. Elizabeth was awarded an RHA-IPUT Wilton Park
Studios Residency 2019.
Susan Connolly is an artist based between Ireland and the UK. She is a graduate of Limerick
School of Art and Design, she holds an MFA from the University of Ulster, a first class honours
MA from ACW at the National College of Art and Design(NCAD), Dublin and her PhD is from
Ulster University having been awarded the VC Scholarship.
Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Kunsthaus Dalhem, Berlin (2020); Platform Arts, Belfast (2018); The Lab, Dublin (2015); dlrLexicon, Dublin (2015); and The MAC, Belfast (2014). Group exhibitions include Generation 22, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2022); Uphold, Belfast (2021); Penumbra, FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge (2020); and Paint-ing, Draiocht, Dublin (2019). Recent awards include; Arts Council of Ireland (2021); Culture Ireland Funding (2019); Arts Funding, Kildare County Council (2019); and The Golden Foundation, New York (2017).
Image: Elizabeth Archbold, Face to Face Surface, 2022, (detail) oil on canvas, 97 x 81.5cm