Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Pastel Society of Ireland Exhibition thoughts

I dropped into the The Pastel Society of Ireland exhibition being held in the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn today. I really was expecting a few pieces to blow me away considering some of the names exhibiting but I walked away very disappointed by the works on display. 

Catherine McKeever
OK, I wasn't expecting to see a 'Mona Lisa' or a 'Starry Night' but I was hoping for several pastels to stop me in my tracks and made me want to study their work and to ponder how they achieved it. The three pieces pictured here I found aesthetically pleasing and they took my unofficial kudos from the exhibition. 

Lillian Weatherup – Poppies
The thing with art is you don't have to like everything and you are allowed to roll your eyes, and people do at work by notable names like Damian Hirst and Tracey Emin, so artists shouldn't feel put out that their work sometimes draws a negative response. My pastels are not everyone's cup of Earl Grey and I'm fine with that. 

Sean McGibbon – Tintern Abbey (Winner of landscape prize)
I'm in that boxed-in place at the minute, where people can tell my work just by looking at it. Which is good in some ways but bad in others. I want to break out and surprise myself and others by progressing down a different more mature path that involves a little bit of risk and explores the pastel medium more fully.  


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