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SO Fine Art Editions, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries, located on the second floor of the Powerscourt Centre, will be hosting the Dr Barbara Rae exhibition for one month from this Thursday 27th February until Thursday 26th March.

Barbara Rae, Icon Stone West, Polymur gravure

Bringing vibrancy into the dull month of February, the prolific Dr Barbara Rae, Royal Academician painter and master printmaker, will be exhibiting her recent works at SO Fine Art Editions in South William Street’s Powerscourt Centre. The exhibition includes works that summon the history of place, people and the passing of time with powerful, fluid brush strokes and outstanding colour.

During journeys to Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Southwest USA and the Arctic, Rae’s exhibition accumulates her inspiration. Before beginning to sketch, she spent weeks meeting people in each particular location, researching local history and delving into the spirit of the place. She then brought that research back to develop it into prints and paintings in her Edinburgh studio. The exhibition will include screen prints, etchings and monoprints from such travels.

One notable example is Rae’s 2018 exhibition ‘The Northwest Passage’ which began in 2013, followed with a series of expeditions into the Arctic. The Orcadian cartographer and explorer Dr. John Rae inspired this journey, resulting in a series of works that were imbued with history while retaining the contemporary intensity that is a signature of Rae’s work. The exhibition premiered at the Royal Scottish Academy before travelling to the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, and Canada House, London, in autumn 2018.

Barbara Rae studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. After some years as a secondary school art teacher, she went onto lecturing in drawing and painting at Charles Rennie Macintosh’s School of Art in Glasgow. Rae is a recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and honorary degrees, her work is exhibited in national museums, and public and private collections the world over.

We at Powerscourt Centre are honoured to be showing this unique selection of Barbara Rae’s work in SO Fine Art Editions and encourage you to drop by before the month is out.

SO Fine Art Editions in Powerscourt Centre will be hosting a dynamic group show of modern photographers, ‘Capture’. On display from May 09th to June 08th, the exhibition will celebrate the 10th anniversary of PhotoIreland Festival.

‘Capture’ brings together 30 works by 11 photographers: Enda Bowe, Patricio Cassioni, Gregory Dunn, Diarmait Grogan, Joby Hickey, Joe Lee, Fionn McCann, Aisling McCoy, Hugh O’Conor, David Stephenson and Dominic Turner.

Enda Bowe’s will be showcasing his work concerned with storytelling, the search for light and beauty in the ordinary. His collaboration with Bryony Miller, “This Thing I Want, I Know Not What”, will be included in the latest display.
This will be joined by the ‘Fantastic Portraits’ series deals by Patricio Cassioni, which focus on the human form and identity.

Aisling McCoy’s works are as part of her project ‘The Radiant City’ which examines the concept of Utopia via Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habition in Marseille. Designed in 1952 it was considered a prototype of housing for the future. Sixty years later, McCoy captured these images which highlight the role of both architecture and photography in creating the ideal.

The exhibition will also showcase works from David Stephenson’s “False Friends (Vicissitudes)”.

Be sure to visit SO Fine Art Editions from May 09th to June 08th to see ‘Capture’ collection by these contemporary artists.


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