Contrary to what traditional art history courses imply, lesbians have existed and contributed to the visual art world for centuries and continue to do so today. Like artists of any other sexuality, they have painted, drawn, sculpted, and photographed their … Continue reading The World of Lesbian Art Putting the words “lesbian” and “artist” together is a political gesture, acknowledging a historically marginalised group’s ability to independently create.
Meg McIntire is a portrait and comic book artist, based in San Diego, California. Her first self-published comic, Butter 1, was released in 2012 and sold out entirely during its run. McIntire is known for her vibrant, technicolor style and … Continue reading Six Questions With an Artist: Meg McIntire Classic Nickelodeon cartoons, vintage fashion and traditional Japanese woodblock paintings come together in McIntire’s technicolor comic books.
●●●●○ Currently running at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Anne Madden’s Colours of the Wind – Ariadne’s Thread is a collection which explores the ancient Greek myth of Ariadne, a classical heroine who saved Theseus from death at the hands of … Continue reading Spinning a New Yarn: Anne Madden’s Colours of the Wind – Ariadne’s Thread Through her use of saturated colour, abstracted forms and larger-than-life linen canvases, Madden takes the ancient Greek myth of Ariadne one step further.
Located in the centre of the historical quarter of the small city of Córdoba, Spain, the Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba) reflects the tumultuous battle for religious supremacy which shaped the history of southern Spain. The traditional Islamic architecture, with palpable … Continue reading Art Abroad: The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
Prisons are not known for being particularly inspiring places. The word tends to conjure up images of uniform jumpsuits, grey concrete walls, barbed wire and security guards. Nevertheless, even in such an uninspiring environment, human creativity can still thrive. Art … Continue reading Captivating Art: The Art of Prisons
After passing through two sets of locked gates and doors, entering the newly refurbished Shaw Room of the National Gallery feels like visiting the Pentagon. Emma Pearson, Press Office Assistant of the gallery, directs me to the recently built ramps … Continue reading Home Again – The Conservation of ‘The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife’
Sky Atlantic Airing Weekly: Tuesday 9pm ⚈⚈⚈⚈⚈ It is happening again. Or is it? After twenty-six years of waiting and wondering, Twin Peaks is back. With all the media fanfare, teasers and online speculation, Peaksmania is at a fever pitch, … Continue reading Back Once Again – Twin Peaks: The Return
Alexandra Day considers the ubiquity of manuscript marginalia in medieval texts. Perhaps they offer psychological insights that can help us to appreciate the art of this stereotyped period in history? Picture the scene. It’s 4:17pm and that seminar is … Continue reading Can manuscript marginalia help us to appreciate medieval art?
●●●●● On a drizzly, damp and otherwise uninspiring Monday night, the Visarts End of Year Exhibition once again opened its doors at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. A flurry of colour, excitement and sound, the society-run event has become … Continue reading Visual Arts Society Exhibition – review
Alexandra Day explores knitting as art and argues that the craft has been relegated due to its association with domestic labour. “That’s a lovely hobby.” The well-intentioned, common response when certain people learn of my love for knitting. Not … Continue reading The Art of Knitting?
Not unlike many students, the sculpture Countermovement by Michael Warren cuts a lonely figure reclining on the grass by the rugby pitch. Donated to Trinity in 1985 by the American Irish Foundation, it appears to have been lost over the … Continue reading Art on Campus: Countermovement by Michael Warren
●●●●○ Pictured: Gerry Davis, ‘Sean’. Winner. The Hennessy Portrait Prize, running at the National Gallery until the 26th of March, has become a familiar fixture. Now in its third year, the exhibition allows viewers an insight into contemporary Irish portraiture, … Continue reading The Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 – review