Owen Rohu

Preview: 6-8pm Thursday 24 January 2008 Continues until Tuesday 5 February 2008

Oisín Gallery’s 2008 schedule of exhibitions opens with a show featuring new works by Owen Rohu. This will be the artist’s second solo-exhibition with the gallery after his sell-out debut in 2006.

Owen Rohu was born in Dublin in 1966 and studied Visual Communications, majoring in Illustration, at the Dublin College of Marketing & Design. Upon graduating, he worked for the animation production company, Murakami Wolf before being recruited as an animation background artist by Don Bluth Studios in Dublin, and, after a number of years in their employ, accepted a position at Fox Animation Studios in Phoenix, Arizona. Inspired by Arizona's thriving art scene, Owen began painting during his free time and enrolled in part time classes at Scottsdale Art School. Eager to see more of the world, he and his wife moved to Sydney, Australia, where he continued his career as a background artist at Walt Disney Studios, whilst exhibiting his paintings in Sydney. He 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 collective exhibitions. He staged his first one-man show in 2006, with all works selling prior to the preview. Interest in his work has increased significantly over the years, and this interest is not limited to Ireland. His work has attracted the attention of collectors in the United Kingdom, America, and as far as Australia.

In this latest collection, there is an introduction of new themes to his more typical choice of subject; skillfully observed studies of wildlife such as Canadian geese and farmyard hens. However, still life paintings of familiar objects such as wine bottles, ceramic vases and pewter-ware combined with fruit and flowers continue to dominate much of Owen's output. In these, his ability to convey the volume and texture of individual objects enables him to transform the most mundane of household fare into powerful images. Working from life, lush bouquets of seasonal flowers, cut and elegantly arranged, map the natural patterns of growth and decay whilst depictions of artifacts 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