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Dublin Gallery 4th July - 18th July Eugene Conway - New Landscapes
“New Landscapes,” an exhibition of new works by renowned Kilkenny painter Eugene Conway took place at Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin from the 4th to the 18th of July 2020.

Eugene Conway was originally from Dublin but moved to Kilkenny as a child in the 1960’s. Growing up in the countryside, he developed a great love and appreciation for the beauty of nature around him which informs his work.

In his paintings, the landscape of County Kilkenny is brought to centre stage. He mostly focuses on farm scenes – old barns nestled amongst the hedgerows beside moss covered stone walls.

These are quiet scenes; he does not dwell on the bucolic or the picturesque. The way that he uses colour relates directly to the weather, the seasons, and the passage of time. His subjects – bridges, barns and byways – are the unsung heroes of the Irish countryside.

“A lot of the time they go unnoticed: old sheds, old walls, a wet ditch after the summer rain, or maybe the way that the light is hitting something, bringing out a lovely pattern in it. But the light is at a certain point. If you come back an hour later, everything has changed.” he says.

His paintings do not suggest great drama, merely the unfolding of ordinary rural life. His paintings reflect the layers of history left by habitation and farming.

Conway studied at the National College of Art & Design, NCAD, Dublin. Since 1998 he has exhibited regularly at the RHA and was awarded the Fergus O’Ryan Memorial Award in 2001; the ESB Keating Award, the Silver Medal for an outstanding art work in 2008; and the Abdul and Katharine Bulbulia Art in Health Award in 2010. His work is in the collections of the Haverty Trust; the OPW; the ESB; and the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin.