'Bows Down to Wood'

An Exhibition of Recent Work by Conleth Gent

From Tuesday 21st May to Saturday 4th June 2005

"The earthen in 'is blindness bows down to wood an' stone;
'E don't obey no orders unless they is 'is own" – Kipling

Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present 'Bows Down To Wood' by Kildare born sculptor Conleth Gent.

Conleth studied science at U.C.D. and went on to work as a civil engineer in Nigeria where he became interested in local tribal arts and thus began woodcarving. His great love of wood of all sorts and deep respect for the uniqueness of each individual piece is clearly recognizable in his work.

Concerned mainly with personal expression through the use of figurative elements, his is an individualistic approach. He communicates something of the energy and struggle of humanity and the trancendence of being, while displaying his love of nature in its many forms.

Some of the newer work is almost completely abstract, though the natural basis of the shapes remains evident. The viewer is left with a strong sense of personal connectedness and relationship to the work which is uniquely their own to be enjoyed.

Currently living and working in Glencullen in the Dublin mountains, his work is collected widely in Ireland and abroad. He presented Mary Robinson with one of this pieces, another was collected by E.S.B., and An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern also possesses one of his works.

Conleth has moved around as resident artist in galleries such as The Mc Lysaght - Howth, The Metatron (now the OS/B Gallery)- Enniskerry, and The Daffodil Gallery - Skerries.

He has been exhibiting his work for over twenty years in various galleries around the country, from The R.H.A. in Dublin to The Excel Gallery in Tipperary town.

Conleth's last exhibition, a one-man show, took place at Downpatrick Arts Centre in November 2004.

Opening Reception: Thursday 26th May 7-9pm