I had the privilege, last week, of viewing the latest exhibition, featuring the work of Thurles artist Catherine Daly; currently on display in the exhibition space at The Source Arts Centre here in Cathedral Street, Thurles.
This new exhibition, entitled “The Curious Eye”, marks a somewhat unexpected departure from her previous wonderful watercolour exhibition which enjoyed unprecedented success last year touring nationwide; and somewhat similarly entitled “The Delighted Eye”.
Catherine new collection takes inspiration from the stunning photographs of Earth from the International Space Station by the Canadian astronaut and Irish Tourism Ambassador Chris Hadfield. This her newest work is extremely textural, achieved through the use of wax and acrylic and influenced by Rembrandt’s use of impasto; latter a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface very thickly, allowing for the brush strokes viewed close-up to be readily visible.
Strong colour as always continues to be of huge import in Catherine’s labours; same complimenting her imagery as being both real and abstract, while also bringing about a wonderful alliance between the artist and the viewer.
It comes as no surprise that Catherine’s work has had the honour of being featuring in the RHA annual Banquet Exhibition; won the 2014 North Tipperary County Council solo exhibition prize at Nenagh’s Civic Offices; while also featuring in a collaborative exhibition in Spain at the Aviles Asturias Gallery.
The exhibition, which was officially opened by Liz O’ Donnell (Irish Independent Columnist) on the 3rd of November last, will continue to run until the 24th of November. For further information on this and her other work go on line at www.catherinedalyartist.com and for further queries contact (087) 2991503.
For anyone with a little ‘time to kill’, while ‘hanging out’ here in Thurles, over the next week; this exhibition comes highly recommended and is a ‘must see’ for all students and lovers of art.
The exhibition is presented by Thurles Library.