Cois Farraige Exhibition At Joan Clancy Gallery
Press Release Summer 2002
Michael Mulcahy one of Ireland's top internationally renowned artists will participate in Cois Farraige a group show of local professionally trained artists at the new Joan Clancy Gallery in Ring. Mulcahy's current work is gentle with an underlying strength and focuses upon cosmic and stellar themes and the purity and fragility of the human spirit. It is rumoured that Michael will be heading back to the Monastery Hermitage, Thong do Sa just outside Pusan near Seoul and this might well be his last Irish exhibition before that. Word has it too that the National Gallery in Canberra wants to buy up a lot of Mulcahy's work. "Picasso is dead, but Michael Mulcahy is alive" he proclaims," so invest now while you can afford to!"
Joan Clancy's daughters Blawnin and Rayleen, Wishy Martin, Danny Cunningham, Bríd Ní Chionnfhaolaidh and her sister Roisín Ní Chionnfhaolaidh will also be exhibiting new works. "I'm very excited to have these paintings from some of our local artists, they have extended the boundaries to a new plane. Irish art is an excellent investment, and it need not be expensive!" explains Joan Clancy before she goes on to say that "Dungarvan born Michael Mulcahy with his parents and brothers always spent their summers on this peninsula and I think he has done some of his best work to date here".
Seven works by Michael Mulcahy display a gentleness with an underlying strength and focus upon cosmic and stellar themes and the purity strength and fragility of the human spirit. Mulcahy is recognized as one of Ireland's top internationally renowned artists. The different visual elements of water are the theme of Blawnin Clancy's paintings. She attempts to capture it's transparency, it's reflective qualities, hypnotic movement and ever changing patterns in her work.
Danny Cunningham's oils are inspired by the coastline of Co Waterford. Glenshelane by Patricia (Wishy) Martin captures the wonderful atmosphere and light on the landscape. Rayleen Clancy's getn redy 4d dicso explores the theme of youth culture and investigates issues of identity, beauty, and self-awareness.
Bríd Ní Chionnfaolaidh paints with acrylic on board with bold uneven brush strokes, combining local imagery in a mix of traditional realism and disciplined expressionism. Roisín Ni Chionnfaolaidh has taken her stained glass to a new level by releasing it from the confines of two-dimensional windows.
Joan would like to thank údarás na Gaeltachta for their help.