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Solo show: Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh (over)

12 March 2011 until 19 April 2011
  Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Untitled, 2010
oil on canvas
40 x 40cm
  Highlanes Gallery

Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery
Laurence Street
Drogheda, County Louth
Ireland (Republic) (city map)

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Highlanes Gallery presents a new body of work by painter Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s untitled series explores liminal space, that is, the intervening spaces or interstices between objects and forms. Through this exhibition, spaces are presented with varying degrees of density. The exploration of painting in these works is spare, pared down and presented with a dramatic use of colour. They are suggestive of the performative aspect of painting.

Ní Mhaonaigh's painting of the frame draws attention to the edge of each work. This, in turn directs the viewer to the central composition presented. These works explore the complexities of looking and the disparity between the image and the construction of the image.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh (b.1977) is a visual artist based in Dublin. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Paintings, West Cork Arts Centre, 2010, Paintings, Galway Arts Centre, 2009. Her work has been curated and selected for the following exhibitions, UNBUILDING at the Mermaid Arts Centre, 2010, curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Eilis Lavelle and Rosie lynch, Regarding Painting together with artists Diana Copperwhite, Paul Nugent, Sarah Dwyer, Axel Sanson and Esther Teichman, 2010 curated by Elaine Byrne at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin.

Her work is included in many public collections, including Contemporary Irish Arts Society, Arts Council of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, Dublin Institute of Technology, Boyle Civic Collection, The Mermaid Arts Centre and Aspen Insurance. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the AIB Art Prize and was selected for Futures exhibition at the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, curated by Patrick T. Murphy and Ruth Carroll. In 2010 she won the Hennessy Craig Scholarship at the RHA.

In 2010, her work was acquired for the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection at Highlanes Gallery; the gallery later publishing a catalogue on Ní Mhaonaigh's practice with essays by art critic Aidan Dunne and curator Padraic E. Moore.

The exhibition at Highlanes Gallery is planned to travel to the Centre Culturel IrlandaisMillennium Court Arts Centre,Portadown, Northern Ireland.

The exhibition will be opened by Séan Kissane, Head of Exhibitions,Irish Museum of Modern Art on Saturday 12 March at 2.00pm. All welcome.

Gallery admission is free, suggested donation €2.00

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