ACULEATE COMPOSITIONS: SCULPTURES BY DON CRONIN

Gallery Asna is delighted to invite you to our October exhibition ‘Aculeate Compositions’ ‘Aculeate Compositions’ is a collection of new work by acclaimed Irish sculptor Don Cronin, which will be showing in Gallery Asna (Clonakilty Community Art Centre) through October. Cronin has been making sculptural work to critical acclaim for almost three decades and has numerous public commissions to his name throughout the country. ‘Aculeate Compositions’ is a wonderful opportunity to see Cronin’s work in the heart of West Cork. Peter Murray (then Director of the Crawford Art Gallery), writing for the Irish Arts Review in 2015 wrote: “Like these Russian artists of the early 20th century, Cronin references a world of machines and things, a man-made world, evoking ships, airplanes and cars, the high polished finish adding to the works’ seductive brilliance.” According to Cronin, “echoes of urban structure and mechanical origin resonate,” in his work, as does his “perennial interest in the aesthetics of the engineered object.”  ‘Aculeate Compositions’ will be opened by painter Michael McSwiney at 5:30pm on Sat Oct 8th …and continues through to Sat October 28th. We look forward to seeing you there.

SOLACE BY STEPHEN HAYES

SOLACE: PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY STEPHEN HAYES AUG 5TH – SEPT 2ND Solace will open on Sat August 5th at 5.30pm and runs until Sat Sept 2nd. Stephen Hayes is an award-winning fine art photographer based in Clonakilty. Photography is his escape and passion. He uses long exposures & minimalism to capture not what is there but what he sees. Photography lets him experience nature at its most beautiful and living in West Cork, he is surrounded by endless beauty and inspiration. Stephen loves seeing his images come full circle from conception, to capture and finally to print. Stephen’s new exhibition, Solace, is a journey through his recent works which includes seascapes, wildlife, minimalism, long exposure and macro images. “Photography gives me a feeling of peace, calm and solace and my aim with my work is to bring that feeling through to my images” – Stephen Hayes

CONSTELLATIONS BY MICHAEL MCSWINEY

CONSTELLATIONS BY MICHAEL MCSWINEY JULY 8TH – JULY 29TH Constellations will open on Sat July 8th at 5.30pm and runs until Sat July 29th. Michael McSwiney’s new exhibition, ‘Constellations’ carries the viewer into terrain both eerily familiar and hauntingly new. Through his mature, layered language of pours, drips, accretions, sprays and glazes, McSwiney generates brooding, colour-rich panoramas that are at once desolate, haunting and beautiful. Through ‘Constellations’ McSwiney extends this language to its most Tapies-like frontier, presenting highly textured, slightly disorientating monochromes, where his trade-mark horizontal ‘horizon line’ is skewed or absent. In one particular work the artist’s processes and the corrosions of time, over a 25 year period, have produced an accidental tableaux of continents; in another signature piece, titled ‘Constellations’, coins are embedded in the dark, lustrous surface of the painting. These works complement a generous number of others more familiar to McSwiney’s followers, with all their attendant atmospherics and blazing sledges of colour.  McSwiney has presented solo exhibitions at Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford, Linenhall Art Centre Mayo, Sirius Art Centre Cork, Droichead Art Centre Drogheda, Source Art Centre Tipperary, Kenmare Buttermarket Kerry and Draoicht Art Centre Dublin. He is represented in collections in Ireland, Europe and internationally.

ReImagine by Cork Potters

JUNE 3RD – JULY 1ST Gallery Asna presents ‘Re Imagine’, a group exhibition by Cork Potters. This wonderful eclectic array of ceramic pieces feature works by 14 ceramic artists from The Society of Cork Potters. ‘Re Imagine’ opens on Sat June 3rd at 5.30pm and runs until Sat July 1st   This year 14 of our members are exhibiting Re-imagined work from their Studios dotted throughout the County of Cork. As society continues to re-group, re-calibrate and for some re-imaging their future’s, this exhibition reflects the Artist interpretation of our collective experience of today’s cultural environment through the beautifully expressive material of clay. Featured artists are: Martha Cashman Sinead Fagan Cillian Gibbons Susan Herlihy Etain Hickey Jim Kelleher Patricia McCoy Oksana Muzychenko Kate Standen Aisling Roche  Brendan Ryan Catherine Ryan Bernadette Tuite Jim Turner

Where Light Falls: A Two Person Exhibition by Kayla Martell & Nikki Tait

MAY 6TH – 27TH   Gallery Asna presents ‘Where Light Falls’, a two person exhibition by Kayla Martell & Nikki Tait. Nikki Tait is a relief printmaker who was born in the UK but has made a home in West Cork Ireland more than two decades ago. She now works between West Cork and London, but it is the natural environment around Cork’s Seven Heads which provides much of the inspiration for her work.After a former career as a journalist, Nikki studied at The Royal Drawing School and Heatherley’s School of Art, and her work has been exhibited widely in Ireland and England and North America, Japan and Australia. Her prints have been selected for both the “The Masters-Relief Prints” exhibitions in 2015 and 2019, organised by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and the “Impressions Print Exhibition” in Ireland. Nikki is a member of Cork Printmakers and of the Gainsborough House Print Workshop in Suffolk. Her website – named after the townland where her studio is located in Ireland iswww.cullenaghprints.com. Kayla Martell lives and paints in the beautiful countryside of Wicklow, Ireland. She loves bringing to life the spirit and beauty of everyday things on the canvas and each painting is a little conversation between her and those special characters. Kayla’s paintings focus on maintaining dynamic and expressive brushwork. Her work focuses also on the love of light and mornings, which she captures in quirky compositions. Kayla is a member of the Society of Women Artists and her paintings are regularly shown in exhibitions including The Royal Society of Oil Painters(ROI), The Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Society of Women Artists(SWA), Dublin Painting & Sketching Club (DPSC), Graphic Society of Fine Art (GSFA), and others.

BY EYE BY THADY TRA

APRIL 8TH -29TH Gallery Asna presents ‘BY EYE’, a solo presentation of photographs by photographer Thady Trá. Thady Trá, from ‘the family of Clonakilty’ has been honing his photographic skills for many years. His keen observational and compositional abilities are evident in his work. Thady has a huge grá and passion for analogue photography. He takes all photos on film which he then hand develops and prints in his in house darkroom in the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre. This exhibition of work ‘focuses’ on daily life – captured moments which are both artistic and endearing in their portrayal of their subject matter. In his own words he says ‘I like photos that make you say ‘Huh!?”