'The Fifth Woman'
An Exhibition of Paintings by Nuala O'Sullivan
From Tuesday 20th July to Sunday 1st August 2010
Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present this collection of work by artist Nuala O'Sullivan. Nuala graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting). She has exhibited on many occasions and her work features in the collections of Limerick County Council and University of Limerick.
Nuala's practice investigates themes of identity and public persona through the media of photography and painting. The photography she makes focuses on contemporary and stylised images, while the paintings take inspiration from the social constraints, images and colours of the 1950's. Recently her paintings reference old black and white photographs bought at markets and car boot sales to use as source material.
The large pieces in this exhibition show Nuala's attempt to celebrate rediscovering these images, and the people who posed so graciously for the photographs, and to bring colour back into their lives. The 1950's in Ireland was quite a stifling period for people with restrictions on personal freedom and censorship by both the church and the state. Many of her images try to reflect this atmosphere by being tightly cropped and constrained even when the people featured are on a night out.