Powerscourt Gallery Circa 2013

 

Powerscourt Gallery was a leading art gallery in the heart of the Dublin City Centre.
This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2013 archived pages.

Working primarily through an online capacity, Powerscourt Gallery provided a platform for emerging and established artists to share and sell their work, both to a national and international audience.

Representing a cohort of accomplished artists from various mediums Powerscourt Gallery aimed to please both the avid art collector and the occasional purchaser, assisting them in discovering and acquiring unique, affordable art work

NEWS

 

POP-UP AT POWERSCOURTGALLERY.IE PRESENTS PHOTOIRELAND

 

(Image: Docks and Ports by James Gould)


The Powerscourt Gallery are delighted to be part of this year's PhotoIreland Festival. As part of the festival we will be showcasing work by three of our represented photographers: James Gould, Irene Barry and Anne Carroll. 

This exhibition will run from 2nd July - 31st July 2013 on the courtyard walls of the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.  The exhibition will open on Thursday 4th July from 7pm (enter via South William Street).

Irene Barry is an Irish artist and self-taught photographer. Her art education commenced in NCAD in Dublin from which she graduated in 2007 with a BA in History of Art and Printed Textile Design. Irene also spent time studying the arts in Ecole Duperre in Paris. 

'Flow' is a collection of photographs inspired by John Everett Millais Pre-Raphaelite painting titled 'Ophelia' (1852). Barry's work plunges us in to an underwater world of  billowing fabrics, shimmering mirages and visions of the tragic heroine's dream of an afterlife. The abstract distortions and reflections  generated by light and colour on moving water suggest an otherworldly realm with a different sense of time.

Barry has photographed everything from people to fabric, vintage dress's, toys, balloons, ribbons, umbrella’s, and bikes underwater. She shoots both day and night, allowing the different atmospheric effects take charge of the resulting image. This allows for a sense of spontaneity and a capturing of the moment which is so prevalent in Barry’s work.

She currently lives and works as an artist in Dublin.
 

James Gould is an Irish photographer.  He works both as an advertising photographer as well as developing personal projects.
 
Gould’s work focuses predominantly on the idea of place and the changing atmosphere caused by abandonment and inactivity in a space.  Although themes such as the demise of the Irish Celtic tiger are referenced in this work, Gould does not focus on the negativity but rather he is drawn to the serenity, peace and stillness this silence can offer.
 
James will be exhibiting three pieces of work from his collections Docks and Ports, and Ghost Estates. 
 

Anne Carroll is a Freelance Photographer based In Dublin specialising in Photographing Nature, Portraits & Architecture. She is a graduate of the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, receiving a Diploma In Commercial Photography In 2002.

Her most recent commission was providing pieces for The New Cystic Fibrosis Wing at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin.
 
Anne’s work is inspired by photographer Ansel Adams and from her admiration of nature. Using the elements of nature she set out to document our journey through life. This resulted in three pieces of work titled, Innocence, Rebellion & Wisdom. The elements of nature signify the origin of life; the faces depict innocence, fear and the ageing process. The double exposed images in this series represent these two worlds combined.
The main theme throughout Anne’s work is to capture the constant changing forces of nature. This is mirrored through life as new chapters are introduced and the belief that no moment can be relived. She endeavours to document the incredible relationship between light and nature. Each image reflects this moment for eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

POP-UP AT POWERSCOURTGALLERY.IE PRESENTS IRENE BARRY


'FLOW' is a collection of photography inspired by John Everett Millais Pre-Raphaelite painting titled 'Ophelia' (1852). Barry's work plunges us into an underwater world of  billowing fabrics, shimmering mirages and visions of the tragic heroine's dream of an afterlife. The abstract distortions and reflections  generated by light and colour on moving water suggest an otherworldly realm with a different sense of time.
 
“In my work I stage photo shoots underwater. I set up bizarre, and surreal photographic still life’s manipulating elements such as light, scale, perspective and colour. I am inspired by water's unique properties- light, clarity, buoyancy, and reflectivity. The transformative quality of water has a power of turning the ordinary into something surreal magical and otherworldly. I am fascinated by the abstract qualities and the ethereal aesthetic that water creates when my subjects are submerged. The forms are fragmented and distorted by the swirls and ripples created by the movement of the water.”
 
Barry has photographed everything from people to fabric, vintage dress's, toys, balloons, ribbons, umbrella’s, and bikes underwater. She shoots both day and night, allowing the different atmospheric effects take charge of the resulting image. This allows for a sense of spontaneity and a capturing of the moment which is so prevalent in Barry’s work.
 
The work is then printed on a mixture of substrates from Lambda mounted in Acrylic Perspex and Diabond to digital fabric printing with fabrics varying from silk to satin and cotton.
 
Irene Barry is an Irish artist and self-taught photographer. Her art education commenced in NCAD in Dublin from which she graduated in 2007 with a BA in History of Art and Printed Textile Design. Irene also spent time studying the arts in École Duperré in Paris. She currently lives and works as an artist in Dublin.
 
Barry's work has featured in a number of prominent group exhibitions both nationally and internationally including  exhibitions in the RHA's 182nd Annual Summer Show, The Peppercanister Gallery, and The OPW's Art of the State travelling exhibition titled 'Flow'. Barry's work is currently touring Europe in the exhibition titled 40/40/40.The works will travel to Madrid, Rome & Warsaw. This exhibition celebrates Ireland's 40 years in the European Union & our hosting of the EU presidency.  She is currently working on her solo exhibition titled ‘Reflections’ for The Motorhouse Gallery in Farmleigh in August 2013.
 
The exhibition will run from 2nd May – 11th May in the Courtyard Gallery, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday 2nd May from 6.30pm (enter via South William St. entrance)

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ciara Harrison and Mark Leonard

PS The gallery will be beginning life-drawing in the centre soon. More info to follow.
 

Pop-Up at Powerscourt Gallery Presents Eleanor McCaughey

New year, new beginnings...

We would like to officially welcome you to our new gallery site. The site is now live and ready to be browsed at your pleasure and leisure. 

To compliment our new online gallery we will be holding pop-up events in the centre and in spaces around the city, showcasing the work of our gallery artists. The first of these pop-up events is taking place this month in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. We would like to invite you to the opening of this show, 'The How and Why Library' by Eleanor McCaughey and to join us in celebrating the launch of our new site. 

The exhibition will run from 22nd February - 1st March 2013 on the 2nd floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

The opening reception is on the 21st February from 6pm with the official launch taking place at 7pm (enter via South William Street entrance) and follow the noise of clinking glasses up to the top floor!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ciara Harrison and Mark Leonard

 



 

Buying at Powerscourt Gallery Art Auctions

Buying Online

Powerscourt Gallery Art Auctions do not charge any additional fees for purchasing online. We do ask however that all customers pay particular attention to our payment and collection terms. If buying online it is the purchasers responsibility to make sure that they have satisfied themselves with the condition of the lot and if applicable any frame it may have. We offer two forms of online bidding; pre auction bidding and live auction bidding. Both require you to Register.

Pre Auction Bidding

This feature allows customers to place bids on any lots before the auction starts. You will be asked to enter your maximum bid with the highest amount you would be willing to pay for the item. Powerscourt Gallery Art Auctions will automatically raise your bid only as much as is needed for you to remain the high bidder. This means that you may win an item for less than your maximum bid, but you can also be outbid if someone else enters a higher maximum bid. Your maximum bid will not be disclosed. If you are the first person to place a bid you will be asked to enter a minimum bid unless the item is unreserved. The minimum bid will always be lower than or at the reserve. Once you have entered your maximum bid you can increase it at any stage up until 30 minutes before the start of the auction. If you maximum bid matches that of an in room bidder, precedence will go to the in-room bidder. It is often the case that winning bids are odd amounts. Therefore by placing a bid of 1,100 you are much more likely to win than placing a bid of 1,000

Live auction bidding

This feature allows customers to bid on each lot in the same manner as someone in the room would. Lots are offered for sale in numerical order as they appear in the catalogue and on our website according to their lot number. There is no maximum bid when using this feature; the only option is the next pre assigned bid. Bidding increments will be as follows: 0-200 by 10, 200-500 by 20, 500-1300 by 50 and over 1300 by 100, however the auctioneer can deviate from this at his discretion and this will be reflected in the next available bid. Once a bid has been place it will have to be approved. If another online bid of the same amount is entered precedence will go to the bid first submitted and any unsuccessful bidder will be asked to bid again. If your bid is accepted you will be notified that you are the current highest bidder, if you are out bid you will have the option to bid again and if you win the lot you will be notified that you have won. When viewing the auction online you will see the “Fair Warning” notice appearing on each lot, this denotes that that the lot is about to sell. Once this notice appears you will typically only have a few seconds to place your bid. Please not any bids that are received after the fall of the hammer will not be accepted.

Payment

All purchases must be paid for within 7 calendar days of the sale. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due. We accept all major credit or debit cards, cash, cheque or bank transfer. We charge a 2% surcharge for the use of credit cards.

Collection

Packaging and shipping is available at the purchasers’ expense. For a quote please contact us. International and priority shipping can be facilitated. Alternatively, work can be collected from the Powerscourt Gallery. Please note if you wish to collect from us it may take a number of days for the items to arrive for collection. You will be notified when the artwork is available for collection and all items must be collected within 7 calendar days of notification or a storage charge will be levied. Regardless of collection all items must be paid in full within 7 calendar days.

 



 

ARTISTS

 

Irene Barry
Irene Barry is an Irish artist and self taught photographer. She was born in Tipperary in 1985. Her art education commenced in NCAD in Dublin from which she graduated in 2007 with a BA in History of Art and Printed Textile Design. Irene also spent time studying art in Ecole Duperre in Paris.

Barry exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Her work has featured in a number of group exhibitions. In 2010 she was selected for the OPW Art of the State travelling exhibition titled 'Flow'. In 2011 she was selected to exhibit her work in a photographic exhibition titled “Still” with The Peppercanister Gallery in conjunction with Dublin contemporary and in 2012 she was selected for the RHA's 182nd Annual Summer Show.
Barry lives and works as an artist in Dublin. Photography and Print has always been her preferred method of expression. She is currently working on her solo exhibition titled 'Reflections' for The Motorhouse Gallery in Farmleigh in 2013.
BARRY'S work is inspired by John Everett Millais Pre-Raphaelite painting titled 'Ophelia' (1852). Her work's plunge's us into an underwater world of billowing fabrics and shimmering mirages. When a close friend gave her a pair of cz rings, she was dazzled by the sparkly interaction of colors refracted from the surface revealed through movement of her hands. The works from around this time carry the influence of these experiences and she relates them to her fascination with water. The distortions and reflections generated by light and colour on moving water suggest a surreal and otherworldly realm with a different sense of time.
In my work I stage photo shoots underwater. I set up bizarre, and surreal photographic still life’s manipulating elements such as light, scale, perspective and colour.

I have photographed everything from people to fabric, vintage dress's, toys, balloons, flowers, furniture, ribbons, umbrella’s, and bikes underwater.
I am inspired by water's unique properties- light, clarity, buoyancy, and reflectivity.The transformative quality of water has a power of turning the ordinary into something surreal magical and otherworldly. I am fascinated by the abstract qualities and the ethereal aesthetic that water creates when my subjects are submerged.The forms are fragmented and distorted by the swirls and ripples created by the movement of the water. I shoot both day and night, and the different atmospheric effects have been really interesting to explore.
My works are shot in various types of swimming pools. After organising models, props and lighting I employ different underwater camera's to explore my subject matter.

I print my work on a mixture of substrates from fine art photography printing on PVC and Acrylic Perspex to digital fabric printing with fabrics varying from silk to satin and cotton.

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Catherina Hearne
Contemporary

Catherina Hearne is a Cork based artist whose intricate and sumptuous oil paintings present a careful balance between flaw and perfection, turmoil and beauty; while there isn’t any explicit subject matter, inspiration comes from the disparate worlds of religious iconography, architecture and fashion.

The forms referenced tend to remain ambiguous but appear familiar and hover somewhere between reality and fiction. The use of decorative elements and intricate patterns simultaneously reference awareness of the self and of our surroundings and evokes the keepsake that is imbued with domesticity and the intimate.
Colour is an important element, applied in layers on gesso grounds incorporating various techniques from encaustic to transparent glazing it references the exotic, fashion, folk-art and the sacred; it is seductive, emotive, sometime kitsch but always celebratory and life affirming.

Hearne has had numerous solo exhibitions in Ireland and the UK, in recent years her work has been exhibited in the USA and China as well as in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and EV +a, Limerick. Her work is included in the collections of the Office of Public Works, Ireland; as well as Wexford and Dundalk Councils. She has won awards from Cork County Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Arts Council of Ireland. She currently lectures in Fine Art in the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.

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Antonio Julio Lopez Castro
Painter
Born in Madrid in 1972, Antonio moved to Ireland in 1995. He studied Fine Art at Sligo IT receiving an Honours Degree in 2003. He currently lives and works in Co. Kerry. Antonio exhibits regularly in Ireland and abroad, and his work has been acquired by Mayo County Council, the Irish National Teachers Organization, and is included in many private collections.

Antonio’s work considers issues around the representation and idealization of the landscape, our relationship to it and our perception of our immediate natural surroundings. His paintings and drawings explore how we are affected by the physical characteristics of the landscape while reflecting on the contradiction between our intrinsic connection to the natural world and simultaneous detachment from it.

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Heidi Nguyen
Painter/Printer
Born in France
Lives and works in County Donegal since 1997
Studied Art at Atelier met de Penninghen (Met de Penninghen workshop), and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers (Nationale School of Applied Arts), Paris
Diploma of Graphic Designer, Paris 1986

Exhibitions Solos and Group:
Waterfront Gallery, Sligo
Glebe Gallery, Churchill, Co. Donegal
Rouillegorge, Douarnenez, Brittany, France
Gallery An Screig, Fintown Co. Donegal
RDS Art Ireland, Dublin 2002
An Galerei, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal
RDS Craft Fair, Dublin 2007
RDS Art Ireland, Dublin 2008

Projects and Researches:
Painting workshops with local groups Fintown, Dungloe, Falcarragh
Artists Trail in Donegal (part of Errigal Festival)
Public Schools Burtonport
Painting Holiday tuition in Tuscany
Tearmonn one year programme on Gaelic Culture and techniques of Printmaking.

Selected Collections:
Donegal County Council
OPWA
Donegal County Library
Private clients: Ireland, England, France, Germany

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Carol O' Connor
Painter
Carol O’ Connor has a BA honours degree from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this she worked for a number of years as an administrator in the Toradh Gallery and as a youth arts worker.

She has had three solo exhibitions in Ireland, most recently in 2009 in the Solstice Arts Centre in Co. Meath and in the Watergate gallery in Kilkenny in 2010. She won the ‘Going Solo’ art award from Meath County Arts Office in 2009 and she has work in the collections of Axa Insurance, the Office of Public Works, Meath Co. Council and Bank of Ireland.

Carol's work has arisen out of a need to paint. It is a personal response to the world as she perceives it. It attempts to describe through colour and images, a sense of longing, the need to feel secure and the desire to escape. Colour plays an important role and images which appear to be playful are often filled with emptiness and a feeling of loss. Real and fantasy worlds collide in an effort to evaluate and draw some meaning from an often perplexing and increasingly chaotic world.

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Cormac O' Neill
Painting and Sculpture
O'Neill started painting after a long stay in India, in 1980. He had studied philosophy at UCG.
The 1980’s were spent painting and living precariously in squats in London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Spain.

He was included in the Guinness Peat Aviation awards exhibition of 1984 and exhibited with the Western Artists Exhibitions and in the Galway Arts centre during the 80’s.
The 90’s were spent in France, where he lived and worked in a village in the Pyrenees. He exhibited with the Galerie Wimmer in Montpellier, and in galleries and venues around the south of France and the north of Spain.

He moved back to Ireland with his wife and children in 2004 and lives in the country outside Galway.

Since returning he has had pictures shown with G126, the Russell Gallery, New Quay, The Town Hall, Galway, and The RHA annual exhibition.

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Samy Sfoggia

Photography
Samy Sfoggia was born in 1984. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and studied Art and Photography.

She works primarily with black and white negative film, scanned and digitally altered: assemblies, color inversion, drawings on the tablet. Her work is influenced by movies (David Lynch) and literature (Franz Kafka).

She tries to represent the subconscious mind by creating fantastic imagery and by juxtaposing elements that seem to contradict each other. Her pictures are like frames of an unconscious deliberately incoherent and illogical. She tries to create the nightmare aesthetics.

 

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Rory Tangney

Multi Media
As a multi-media artist, Rory makes installations in which he strives to achieve a level of integration between media, such as architectural structure, sound and light, which results in a seemingly animate work. The work often possesses a presence which inhabits the viewer’s space, giving both a somatic and an emotional experience. Photographs are often produced in the studio as by-products of the experimentation that is carried out while developing these works.

Drawing is an important aspect of his practice also. It is a more meditative process than the three-dimensional work he does, being more expressionistic than conceptualized. It is still, however, a product of the same overarching train of thought, and is a useful means of occupying the hands and the eyes while the mind contemplates bigger things. . . .
Rory is interested in what it is to want for a spiritual outlet in a world whose social and economic structures are increasingly designed to provide for our material needs only. Where do people place their ‘faith’ or their conviction in a post-religious world - a world which rarely encourages one to peer deeper than the surface, and where the socio-economic system is built around myriad modes of distraction?

Rory examines how, in disparate places, people see what they perceive as truth. He is interested in their perception of truth and in where that need for truth comes from? Why does one person believe in a god, while for the next, science is the only branch of knowledge with any real validity?

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Eleanor McCaughey

Eleanor McCaughey was born in Dublin, Ireland, and received a BFA from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Her creative practice is an ongoing investigation into the possibilities of painting as a medium. Besides paintings, she also makes sculptures and video.

The themes of her work include but are not limited to violence in media and the effects of globalization.

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Anne Carroll

Anne is a Freelance Photographer based In Dublin specialising in Photographing Nature, Portraits & Architecture.

Inspiration for her work comes from The Creation Of Nature and The Serene Beauty It Depicts.

She is a graduate of the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, receiving a Diploma In Commercial Photography In 2002.

Most of the pieces are a result of her travels. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, U.S.A. & Australia.

Her most recent commission was providing pieces for The New Cystic Fibrosis Wing at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin.

She has also taken part in various exhibitions in Dublin over the last year.

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James Gould

James Gould is an Irish photographer. He works both as an advertising photographer as well as developing personal projects.

Gould's work focuses predominantly on the idea of place and the changing atmosphere caused by abandonment and inactivity in a space. Although themes such as the demise of the Irish celtic tiger are referenced in this work, Gould does not focus on the negativity but rather he is drawn to the serenity, peace and stillness this silence can offer.

A selection of work from three projects can be seen below: Docks and Ports, Ghost Estates and Irish Sea.

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