Laois Arthouse Gallery News

Laois Arthouse Gallery News

The Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co. Laois presents:

“Winter Trees from the Artist’s Garden”
An exhibition of drawings by Mary Lee Murphy
‘Winter Trees from the Artist’s garden’ is a vibrant, unique collection of pencil drawings that were made outdoors over the winter months, of trees in the artist’s garden. The exhibition will be officially launched on Saturday 11th March at 1.30 by Lord and Countess Rosse of Birr Castle, Co Offaly.

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Mary Lee Murphy is an artist based in the Sligo countryside but originally from Waterford. She typically works through the medium of wax resist and dye, transcending the traditional techniques of Batik, to create original and enduring contemporary pieces. She always works directly from the landscape, in particular Connemara, drawing rocks, sea, trees, lichens and plants. From these detailed drawings evolve larger works using the process of wax resist and dye on canvas, cottons and silks with an emphasis on saturated colour, pattern and design processes, capturing her emotional response to the places she works in. While her work normally takes her to the remote rocky shores of Connemara, this exhibition of work was done in the artist’s garden.

“Trees are at their most revealing in winter and that’s when through drawing I re- acquaint myself with the trees in my garden. Beech, ash, silver birch, hawthorn, cherry and apple, all unique, each with its own signature and individual personality but also sharing common characteristics.
After the autumn winds I seize my chance to follow their contours, explore their branches and follow the lines of their growth. Trees have much in common with people, they grow in groups and families, they lean from the wind, they creak and they sigh. They celebrate together in the spring and in the autumn.

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Words like robust, graceful and tender can be applied to trees and through the process of drawing them I begin to really see them from their scratchy extremities through to the intimacy and extraordinary detail of their bark. When I draw trees I realise that it is they that are drawing me, pulling me ever closer and gently into the stillness of their sheltering spaces.”
Mary’s work has been widely acclaimed with thirteen solo shows to date and participation in numerous group, open submission, and invited exhibitions both at home in Ireland and abroad. Her work is in many public and private collections. The artist and her work also featured in a short documentary produced by TG4.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 11th March to Thursday April 13th 2017
More information on Mary’s work is available at here site here

Opening times: Tues and Thurs 1pm-5pm & 5.30pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-1pm (except on Bank Holidays)
(entry through library)
Wed and Fri 1pm-4pm (entry through Laois Arthouse) For more details contact T: 057 8664033