“Atlantic – Paintings”, by Irish artist Donald Teskey RHA, 9th August – 10th October 2014, The Ballinglen Gallery, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo, Ireland. Open 10 – 12, 2 – 4 pm Monday – Friday and strictly by appointment at weekends with a reception on 9th August 8:30pm, everyone welcome.
Donald Teskey has arguably become one of the best known landscape painters of his generation. His paintings of the Irish landscape are dramatic works that capture the power of nature and the sheer rugged beauty of the Irish landscape. In particular, he captures the West Coast of Ireland to perfection. He has devoted much focus to observing and painting the relentless and elemental nature of coastline and sea.
Donald Teskey was born in Co. Limerick and graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design in 1978. He came to prominence as an artist through his skill as a draughtsman during the 1980s with several significant solo exhibitions as well as being the recipient of awards in EVA and the Claremorris Open Exhibition. Since 1992 he has crafted out a substantial body of work as a painter of the landscape and more recently the ruggedness of the western seaboard. Sometimes, working on a very large scale, his images reflect his response to the formal elements of composition; shape, form and fall of light. The results are powerful images of instantly recognisable parts of the Irish landscape with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless energetic and elemental force of nature.
In 2003 he was elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. He is also a member of Áosdana (The Arts Council established Aosdána in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland, and to encourage and assist members in devoting their energies fully to their art).
His work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Germany and Finland. In 2005, Limerick City Gallery of Art hosted “Tidal Narratives”, an exhibition of large scale paintings and drawings coinciding with the publication of a book on the artist by Gandon Editions. He is represented in major collections including the Arts Council, Irish Museum of Modern Art, AIB, Limerick City Gallery of Art, KPMG, Butler Gallery, The Ulster Bank, OPW and The Archive of The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Donald lives and works in Dublin.
He is represented by the Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin, Ireland www.oliversearsgallery.com & the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia http://www.dolanmaxwell.com/
The work of the Foundation (Irish Charity 11019) is supported by The Arts Council, The Ireland Funds, Mayo County Council & private contributors.
For further information please contact Úna Forde, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo
Phone / Fax 096 43184, email firstname.lastname@example.org