The World of Maisie J August 21 - 30 2003
Launching our autumn schedule is Laurence O’Toole’s with an exhibition entitled ‘The World of Maisie J’. This will be Laurence’s debut solo-show at the Oisín Gallery after his successful participation in March 2003’s group show. Born in Bray, County Wicklow in 1968, Laurence initially launched himself with a series of solo-shows in his local area; the first being an exhibition held in the Bank of Ireland in Bray. He later immigrated to South Africa where he became a member of the National Group Showing, exhibiting in five major cities. Between 1990 and 1996, whilst travelling extensively throughout America, he worked as a set and scenery painter, collaborating with innumerable eminent artists and directors on films such as Michael Collins, The Count of Monte Cristo, and the award-winning Saving Private Ryan. During this time, he continued to exhibit his work, now with the California Artists Guild, holding a series of successful major group-shows in San Diego, California and Phoenix Arizona. Laurence returned to his native Bray in Ireland in 1996 and currently divides his time between the film industry and his career as a fine artist.
Laurence O'Toole began to exhibit with
the Oisín Gallery in early 2003 with a series of incandescent, larger-than-life
figure studies focusing on one main theme; relationships. Loosely described as
his Social Commentaries, the often-tense body language and exaggerated facial
expressions illustrated his audacious ability to compel the viewer to re-assess
many of our daily interactions with others.
Paintings in the exhibition