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Award winning Crawford recent grads in Joan Clancy Gallery

The summer group show featuring 2017 Crawford Fine Art prizewinning graduates Roisin Downey, Brendan Ryan and Robyn Deasy is opening in Joan Clancy Gallery at 7.30pm on Friday July 14 until Saturday July 29, daily 11am -5pm including the weekend.

"In 2014 we formalised our relationship with CIT CCAD as part of our ongoing commitment to promoting emerging talent and have selected these three outstanding grads from the Crawford Degree Show Beyond Dialogue to exhibit in Joan Clancy Gallery!" said Joan.

Roisin Downey's awards include two CIT Purchase Prizes and one piece was purchased by the Office of Public Works (OPW) for the State Collection.

Her work is inspired by the short stories of novelist Kevin Barry that capture the dark humour and blunt nature of the people of rural Ireland. "The idyllic rural Ireland from childhood memories can still be found in some pockets of the countryside. The paintings both provide comfort and longing for the past in the assurance that the Ireland captured in paint will never change. However, its aim is also to confront the viewer with the reality of a rapidly changing modern Ireland" said Roisin.

Brendan Ryan's ceramics bear a direct link between his background in the culinary arts and his rural background. He is a qualified chef. "Hughie O'Donoghue, Harry Clarke and Pablo Picasso are an important influence on my work. I admire their use of colour, line and composition" he explained. "This body of work is inspired by the lay of the land and the house in Co Cork where I grew up. The Hawthorn tree grows well in this landscape, its growth influenced by the direction of the prevailing winds and in winter can be stark against a grey sky". The recipient of two exhibition awards and an Internship from the Ceramics Dept in Crawford his work is also in the OPW, CIT and PM Group collections.

Honoured with three awards at the Crawford graduates exhibition, Robyn Deasy is part of the Cork City Council Collection. "In my work I aim to capture the intangible, ephemeral moments while concentrating on the human body. Using a mix of media, blind drawing, layering and reworking I aim to create an authentic impression by showing a narrative of my own perception" she explained.

Established in 2000, Joan Clancy Gallery, Mweelahorna, Ring, Dungarvan, Co Waterford is located in the Waterford Gaeltacht between the Cunnigar Beach and Coláiste na Rinne, twenty minutes from Waterford Greenway.

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