Autumn in the Burren: New Paintings, New Music

Yes, the schools have reopened and there’s a drop in the evening temperatures, but here in the Burren there’s no stopping the creativity!

A new exhibition opens next week at the Burren College of Art.

FOR HERE THERE IS NO PLACE comprises recent drawings and paintings by Timothy Emlyn Jones

Composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin will launch the exhibition at the reception, 6 – 8pm Thursday 13th September 2018

The evening also sees the premiere performance of For Here There Is No Place, a composition for sarode and electronics by Matthew Noone -  inspired by a painting by Timothy Emlyn Jones.

The exhibition’s title, also the title of one the paintings, is taken from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke that addresses the transformative nature of surrender to looking.

For Here There Is No Place is comprised of work made in the Burren over the last three years.

Jones says of this work: “These drawings in paint have evolved out of decades of considering my art to be a process of enquiry into human consciousness, equanimity in this case. They are equally inspired by the visuality of the Burren, where I live, and by the proprioceptive act of mark making. Music and poetry are important to my work in the studio and I feel that may be evident in the work.”

Given these influences, Jones was pleased when the composer Matthew Noone asked for the loan of some of his work to use as inspiration for a series of new compositions – including work that refers back to the title painting.

Neither Here Nor There -  a smaller group of work – takes its title from the poetry of Seamus Heaney, as does the series Ever Here And There.

Without Impatience is a further series of performative drawings that derive from a  mental state whereby one may progress beyond the duality of impatience and patience to a higher sense of being.

You can read more about Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin here, and about Matthew Noone here.

About the Artist:

Timothy was educated at the Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as well as at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and he was a member of Joseph Beuys’s Free International University.  He has exhibited internationally such as in Amsterdam, Beijing,  Beograd, Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cheoung-ju, Dublin, Paris, Sao Paulo, Timisoara, Ulanbattar, Venice, and Wroclaw, as well as in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Galway, Dublin, Limerick, and London.

He is represented in public collections in several countries including the Irish State Art Collection, NUI Galway, The UK Government Art Collection, The Royal Collection, London, the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest; and Museu Banataliu in Romania.  Other exhibitions in 2018 include the RHA Annual Exhibition as an invited artist, and several Salon group exhibitions at the Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin.

Having held professorships at Wimbledon College of Art, London, and Glasgow School of Art, he moved to the Burren in 2003 to take up the position of Dean at Burren College of Art, where he currently teaches part-time as Dean of Possibilities. He is an adjunct professor at NUI Galway. He was elected to the Royal Society of the Arts in London in 1986, to a visiting professorship at Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China in 2001, and to the European Cultural Parliament in 2011.

Jones became an Irish citizen in 2017, and  lives in Kinvara where his studio is located.

The exhibition will run from 13th September to 19th October 2018

Please note: The gallery will be open 14th September to 19thOctober 2018, 10am – 5pm, Monday – Friday, except 20th-21st September when the gallery will be closed to the public for a private seminar.

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