Exhibition of Paintings by Conall McCabe

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From Tuesday 21st June to Saturday July 2nd 2005

Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Conall McCabe.

When asked about his paintings one gets the impression that Conall considers talking about them somewhat superfluous but he does throw out a few clue words like introspection, relationships, and hope, when talking about his larger work.

The smaller studies of Sybil in the exhibition, he says 'celebrate the aesthetic of the female nude in a variety of poses, using the contrast of very dark backgrounds with the luminosityof skin tones.' Included in the show is a striking self-portrait of the artist in his workplace along with smaller intimate portraits of his family.

'I am inspired by Bougereau, Gérome, Caravaggio, Ingres and Velasquez, to mention but a few' Conall says, and one can clearly see in his paintings a reverence for the traditional values of the great masters, but with a modern sensibility.

Conall spent five years in England studying figurative sculpture in Stafford and Loughborough University. On returning to Ireland he won a major sculpture commission 'The Dublin Martyrs', a life size bronze piece that now stands outside the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.

During this period he also completed a number of private portrait commissions before winning a scholarship to the New York Academy of Art where he studied for two years and received a Masters in Fine Art. Conall, a native of Bray, has exhibited widely in London, New York and Ireland.

Opening Reception: Friday 24th June 7-9pm