Fundraising Calendar €10 now availabe at Sirius Arts Centre and Cobh Tourist Office
Featuring 27 photographs from The Lawrence Photograph Collection of Queenstown / Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.
All Proceeds benefiting Sirius Arts Centre and the continued renovation of the Old Yacht Club Building in Cobh.
The Lawrence Collection, one of the most significant early photographic collections documenting Ireland, consists of some 40,000 glass-plate negatives taken between 1870 and 1914. Chief photographer Robert French traveled to every county in Ireland taking pictures, and many of the photos were reproduced on postcards and in albums during the late 19th and early 20th century.
The collection is named after William Mervin Lawrence, who opened a photography studio in Dublin in 1865 and hired French as one of his photographers. The plates are now housed in the National Library of Ireland.
French was born in Dublin and spent some time working in the Royal Irish Constabulary, then joined Lawrence Studio, and he worked his way up as printer, artist and then assistant photographer. He took over 30,000 photographs of the “Lawrence Collection”.
Julian Campbell was born in Dublin. He later moved to Cork, where he lectured in History of Art at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.
Although mainly known for his work as an art historian, Julian Campbell has continued painting throughout his career. Preferring landscape painted directly from nature in oil and watercolour, he has also painted figurative subjects from photographic sources. In this series of new paintings developed over the last six years and painted on small square canvases, Campbell has focused on the theme of ‘The Singer’. Using photographs as source material, colours are built up on a brown undercoat, evoking feelings of realism and intimacy. These works are part of an ongoing series.
Inspiration for the works come from a variety of art historical sources, including the French artist Leon-Leopold Boilly (1761-1845) who painted up to five thousand small portraits of men and women between the years 1800-1829. The sitters are of their time, yet the paintings have a striking realism and modernity, and a sense of calm. Julian also quotes American abstract sculptor David Smith (1906-1965) who described his work as 'personages'. The quiet Realism of Corot and the 19th Century French realists are mentioned as are 20th Century painters Matisse and Diebenkorn.
Running until Sunday 21 December
Acknowledgements: Studio 1 Framing, Kinsale; Pluged Records, Cork; family & friends
Image John Mayall
An exhibition of watercolours exploring the light of Cork Harbour by Cobh based artist Mark Hathaway. Hathaway has had a life long interest in watercolour as a medium to express mood and atmosphere. His detailed and delicate work expresses emotion through a symbolic signification of the everyday.
Born in Hull, Yorkshire, in 1960, Mark has lived and worked in Cobh since 1990. He studied at the Crawford School of Art, Cork (1977-82). Primarily known for his work in watercolour, Mark has completed murals in the Fitzgerald Park Museum and University Cork, as well as a number of private commissions. In 2007 Mark presented a show of abstract work, with strong rhythmic elements.
Mark has had a long-standing relationship with the Sirius Art Centre exhibiting in 1995, 2001, 2004 and 2007, he has also exhibited at the Crawford Municipal Gallery, the Lavitt Gallery and the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. Public collections include Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, University College Cork, University of Limerick and the Office of Public Works.
Running until Sunday 21 December
Image David F