Paddy Lennon

Preview: 6.00-8.00 pm Thursday 25 January Continues until Saturday 10 February 2007

Paddy Lennon – Solo Exhibition
Reception 6.00-8.00pm Thursday 25 January 2007 - Continues until Saturday 10 February 2007

New works featuring in this Oisín Gallery solo debut are based on the artist’s rural and coastal scenery surrounding his home town, executed in oil on canvas, alongside meticulous charcoal portraits of horses.

Paddy has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated frequently in group shows in England, Ireland, Spain and Hong Kong, most recently at the Waterfront Gallery in Wales and the Cockleshell Arts Centre in Wexford, Ireland. His work may be found in many significant collections in Ireland, Europe and in the United States, such as the State University of New York, the Museo de Grabado in Marbella, Spain, and Allied Irish Bank.

The solo-exhibition runs January 26 – February 10 at Oisín Gallery, and opens with a Private Viewing at 6pm on January 25. 

Catalogue Extract: Paddy Lennon’s landscapes place him in the very front rank of Irish painters. There is a still, sombre and mysterious quality in many of them, and, to use a term of David Brett’s in relation to Paul Henry, there is an ‘emptiness’, devoid of human activity. But Lennon’s are paintings that depict the Irish typography in a manner which is as far from Paul Henry’s rural landscapes as may be imagined; yet the loneliness, the emptiness, that is one of the principal rhetorical features of Henry’s paintings of the west of Ireland, is also, I feel, one of Lennon’s, whose own particular loneliness is a poetic comment on how water, bog land, rock and sky have inspired him.
His works are, by and large, serene and soothing; his brushstrokes are masterful, his colours vibrant. His images ask for metaphorical readings of his work. I find a constant tension in his landscapes between the various elements in whatever scene that has caught his eye and engaged his soul, be they the wetness of brown bog land, the harshness of the rocky fields with which man has wrestled for untold ages to conquer, or the merest glimpse of a still sea in the distance. His is a deep investigation into what it is in the landscape that invests it with the emotional resonance that attracted him to it. You must decode these processes for yourself, and figure out what it is that gave him the impulse to depict a particular scene as he has done.
He now paints in a studio, and his stimuli are sometimes colour photographs, sometimes memory, but above and beyond all else, intuition. That intuition never fails him; he creates, just as, for instance, Cezanne did in his studies of Provence, emotional resonances that attract you and remain with you. - Diarmuid O’Muirithe

Solo Shows:
2006 Cockleshell Arts Centre, Wexford
2006 Waterfront Gallery, Wales, United Kingdom
2005 Kenny’s Gallery, Galway
2003 Irish Representative Lorient Festival, France
2003 Bridge Gallery, Dublin
2003 Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford
2002 South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel
2002 Triskle Arts Centre, Cork
2002 Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
2002 Kenny’s Gallery, Galway
2001 Old Market Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
2001 Bridge Gallery, Dublin
2000 Bourne Vincent Gallery, Limerick University
2000 Abstract Studios, Wexford
2000 Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly
1999 Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford
1996 ‘Arte Espacio 1996’, Galleria Espacio, Jerez, Spain
1995 Portico Gallery, Hong Kong
1994 Sala de Expositiones, Museo de Grabado, Marbella
1994 Hilton, Hong Kong
1993 Kowloon Club, Hong Kong
1993 Hong Kong Pacific Club, Hong Kong
1993 Pantheon Gallery, Dawson Street, Dublin
1993 The Geoghegan Gallery, Bridgemills, Galway
1992 The Geoghegan Gallery, Bridgemills, Galway

Selected Collections:
The University of Limerick
Citibank Dublin
The Irish Centre, New York
The Druid Theatre, Galway
Trinity College Collection, Trinity College, Dublin
The Writers Museum, Dublin
Cathay Pacific
Curragh Club, Hong Kong
Museo de Grabado, Marbella, Spain
Gilbeys Head Office, Dublin
State University New York, New York
The Spanish Consulate, Dublin
Office of Public Works
Allied Irish Bank
Aidan O’Brien, Ballydoyle Studio
Christy Moore
Richard Harris
Dermot Cantillon

Awards:
1979 Won the Rodney Burns Drawing Competition
1979 Won the Amberly Trust Drawing Competition
1980 Won the Rodney Burns Drawing Competition
1985 Medal of Honour in the Certamin de Dibujo de Antonio Rincon
1996 Medal of Honour in the Certamin de Pintura de Albacete
1998 Pollock-Krazner Foundation Award

Paintings in the exhibition