Marie Holohan | Hook
Lighthouse | 2021 | Acrylic on Canvas
Culture night 2023 the Arts Council will once again proudly showcase a
selection of works recently added to its extensive Visual Art Collection.
To celebrate the
evening we are sharing some insight on each of the artist and artworks which
will be on display:
‘Marie Holohan is a founding member
of the Arts Ability Studio group at CUMAS. A meticulous painter, Marie’s work
features surreal patterns and vibrant colours to create vivid, detailed
paintings which build highly imaginative and dreamlike landscapes. The starting
point for these paintings is usually a photographic image, but this is quickly
discarded and her natural creativity leads her to depict vivid landscapes and
strange new realities. Using acrylic on canvas, Marie’s primary concern is
colour which she applies in controlled, linear patterns that lead the eye
through the painting, tracing the dimensions of her created worlds. Marie
fearlessly directs these colours, and although her application is controlled and
precise, the work remains incredibly free and unforced, which serves to
highlight her paint handling skills.
Marie has exhibited
locally, nationally and internationally significant exhibition are ‘ One woman
‘ a solo show at the Wexford Arts Centre in 2016. ‘Beyond’ an national
exhibition curated by Brent Pope and Perceptions 2016 at the Crawford Gallery
Cork. She has work in private and public
collection such as the Crawford Art Gallery, Loftis Hall and the Wexford County
Council Art Collection.’
The Arts Council Collection was established in 1962
and now comprises almost 1,350 works of modern and contemporary Irish art.
This year we are delighted to once again welcome
audiences to the Arts Council buildings on Merrion Square to engage with some
our most recent acquisitions.
Works by many of Ireland’s leading artists will be
shown on the night including pieces by: Elizabeth Cope, Miriam De Búrca, Mollie
Douthit, Justin Fitzpatrick, Marie Holohan, Helen Hughes, Catriona Leahy,
Jialin Long, Kevin Mooney, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Emma Roche, Mark
Swords, Amna Walayat and Orla Whelan.
As well as this glimpse into the Arts Council
Collection for Culture Night, artworks can be seen all year round throughout
the country as part of exhibitions and long term loans in public buildings such
as hospitals, universities and schools.
the Collection and more on our website here.