From Tuesday 4th March to Sunday 16th March 2008
Wicklow-based artist Mary Duffy holds her second solo exhibition of paintings in the Signal Arts Centre, Bray, from March 4-16 next. Inspired by the unique landscape of a rare fen habitat at Blackditch, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow, Mary Duffy's show is entitled Sea, Sky & the Square Mile. This exhibition is a vibrant, colourful exploration of big skies, watery marshes, deep dykes, lush, green woodlands and the ever changing sea that form part of one of the largest wetland complexes on the east coast of Ireland.
A graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (1983), Duffy established an international reputation as a photographer and performance artist, exhibiting and performing in venues across the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the National Museum of Photography in Tokyo, the Maplin Gallery, Sheffield and New Langton Arts in San Francisco. Since mounting her first solo show in the Belltable in Limerick (1989), she has received numerous commissions and awards, including the Gracie Fields Live Arts Bursary and her photographic work has been purchased by the National Self-Portrait Collection.
In the mid 1990s, Duffy took a creative detour into journalism and broadcasting, working as a programme-maker, researcher and producer in RTE, during which time her first radio documentary. The Lino Crossing 'Tales of the Observed' was nominated for the international radio award, the Prix d'Italia.
Two years ago Mary Duffy returned full-time to her first love, painting. Her paintings in this show reveal an instinctive painter who uses her highly developed sense of colour and lively brushwork to great effect. Working mostly outdoors in all kinds of weather she says that, 'This Square Mile of marsh, fen and woodland has become a constant source of inspiration to me'. The immediacy of working in nature is evident in her bold compositions with strong lines. While the current exhibition focuses on the landscape, Mary Duffy also works on still life and portraits.
Her very successful first solo exhibition was held in the Bold Gallery, Galway, last summer, and the Bold Gallery is currently showcasing some of her latest work. A fan of the Internet and innovation, she also exhibits and sells her work via her website. Scoring more than 27,000 hits in its first year of operation, the site includes a series of promotional videos relating to the making of the work for this latest exhibition.
'Sea, Sky & The Square Mile' is being supported through a bursary funded by both arts councils in Ireland through the Arts & Disability Forum.
Telephone: 01-2810839/0868584436 and via her website www.maryduffy.ie
The Show will be opened by Éamon de Buitléar
Opening Reception: Friday 7th March 7-9pm