Owen Rohu

Preview: 6-8pm Thursday 5 October. Continues until Saturday 14 October 2006.

This highly anticipated debut solo-exhibition opens 6pm Thursday 5 October and continues until Saturday 14 October. Born in Dublin in 1966, Owen Rohu studied Visual Communications, majoring in Illustration, at the Dublin College of Marketing & Design. This was followed by a period of study at Scottsdale Art School in Arizona, USA. He subsequently maintained a successful career as an animation background artist for many eminent international companies, such as Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox and Don Bluth Studios whilst continuing to exhibit paintings in America and Australia. Owen returned to Ireland in 2002, settling in Westport, County Mayo. He joined Oisín Gallery in the same year and has since featured in many of the gallery's group exhibitions and events. Strong demand for his still life and flower paintings has resulted in all previous shows selling out. Still life paintings of familiar objects such as wine bottles, ceramic vases and pewter-ware combined with fruit and flowers dominate the artist's output. Owen's remarkable ability to convey the volume and texture of individual objects enables him to transform the most mundane of household fare into powerful images. His paintings are immediately notable for the restraint and elegance of their colour and composition. In the passages from light to shade, different in every object, each colour unfolds its scale of values in imperceptible steps. Solid forms emerge from deep shadow and light through subtle shifts of transparent tones to luminous pigment. The arrangements are no less interesting. Thoughtfully staged, their apparent formality is countered by the lyrical movement of flowers and fruit, whose partial outlines and discontinuities soften the severity of the architecture. In much of his work, the flower adopts a metaphorical role as a symbol of the natural cycle of life. Lush bouquets of seasonal flowers, cut and gracefully arranged, map the natural patterns of growth and decay whilst depictions of artefacts from a bygone era suggest the fragile nature of earthly possessions and serve as a subtle reminder of the brevity of life.

Paintings in the exhibition