'Undercurrent'

Exhibition of works by Brigitte McGovern and Louise Newman.
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Monday 29th August – Sunday 11th September 2016


Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by the Artists Brigitte McGovern and Louise Newman.


Brigitte Mc Govern was born in Hamburg and graduated with a first class honours degree in 1967 from the College of Art and Design. She subsequently moved to Munich and worked as a graphic designer within the field or advertising, before moving to Ireland in 1979 to pursue a career as a professional artist.


In 2003 she was awarded the Douglas Hyde gold medal at the Oireachtais Exhibition and had work accepted for the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition.

Since 1995 she has been teaching art to people with special needs in two of Dublin’s day care centres.


I work in oils in a photo-realistic style, using photographs as references. I try to copy as faithfully as Possible, when I translate the motif into paint. Nevertheless the paintings acquire additional qualities, Which I am aiming to achieve, that sets them apart from the photographic original.


A painting has more reality than a photograph, because it is visibly hand-painted, because it has been tangibly and materially produced.

My subject matter can change in keeping with my own interest. For a while now I have been painting landscapes favouring seascapes, plants and stones of the foreshore, patterns that the water makes. Growing up in Hamburg the power, beauty, colours and moods of the sea always held a special fascination for me. I find the sea a particularly powerful life force.

I record the landscape as I see it and try to capture the mood of the day. I often hone in on details of the subject matter and invite the observer to complete the scene.


Born in Dublin, Louise Newman studied Fine Art in IADT Dun Laoghaire. She appeared at RTE Open House in collaboration with Irish Arts review emerging Artist of the year 2004 and her work was highlighted at the Éigse Carlow Arts festival in 2005. She has exhibited Nationwide and her work is in many Public and Private collections including the OPW, The Bank of Ireland, The Blackrock Clinic, The Flynn hotel group, and in the private collection of Mary Coughlan amongst others.


Her formal concerns have always been rooted in the tradition of landscape painting. The specific area's from which she has drawn inspiration, the modes of addressing them have varied considerably over the years, her long and very personal relationship with the West coast of Ireland. Has resulted in this series of works. Through residencies at the Cill Rialig Project, Co. Kerry and time spent on the Connemara Coast, Louise has produced this body of work.


Opening Reception: Thursday 1st September 7 - 9 pm


All Welcome!