'Pastoral'

An Exhibition by Sheila Kavanagh



From Tuesday 24th April to Sunday 6th May 2007


Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present Pastoral, an exhibition of new work by artist Sheila Kavanagh.


Sheila obtained a Fine Art Painting Degree at NCAD and also stdied at Pennsylvania School of the Arts. She is currently living and working in Dublin.


Sheila works maily in oil paints, with an emphasis on traditional techniques. The work she produced for her first solo show of still life subjects showed the influence of Dutch and Spanish Genre painting. A successful portrait painter, Sheila has won the National Portrait Awards Open Prize twice, the first time being the youngest ever winner, at the age of 22. Her second solo exhibition dealt with mythological subject matter. Classical themes are an interest of Kavanagh's, with more recent drawings being inspired by Greek sculpture.


An academic approach underpins Sheila's landscape work. This is hardly surprising given the fact that her tutor as an art student was Carey Clarke R.H.A., who nurtured her interest in the work of the great landscapists such as Poussin and Lorraine. Kavanagh's own favourite landscapist is Corot, whose work she was able to study firsthand, in the National Gallery's collections.


Sheila has completed a variety of commissioned works, including a Joycean series, based on his Ulysses, for the Ormond Hotel, Dublin. Her work can also be seen in public collections (Irish Life Assurance). She is currently much in demand for privately commissioned portraits. She recently completed a commissioned portrait of Edmund Rice for the Edmund Rice Centre in Dublin.


Sheila's adaptability is evident in the range of her current subject matter which includes still-life, portraits, figure studies and landscape subjects.


Opening Reception: Thursday 26th April 7-9pm