Weeks 31 and 32 showing this week at Gobi Heaven Festival

This week I am posting portraits for these two weeks together . The will be showing at the International Art exhibition venue at the mega art festival ‘Gobi Heaven ‘ at Bayan Nur, Inner Mongolia August 7th – August 11th

Woodblock Coinneseur CC acrylic on canvas 100x100cm Niamh Cunningham /瑞莲 2019
Friend to Many CC 100x100cm acrylic on canvas , Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲 2019
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1919 exhibition based on WB Yeats Poem currently showing in Sligo, Ireland

1919-Whirls in the Old Terezin acrylic on canvas 30x30cm Niamh Cunningham 2019

I first saw these unusual black metal disc grave markers (Austro-Hungarian army) on a visit to Terezin in the Czech Republic many years ago. The area was witness to different strife and horror over time. This cyclical horror which Yeats refers to reminds me of this place. The reticulation from the different printing I use on this work I think also reflects traces from the past being relived .

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Week 30 Emerge

Emerge Duan Ni 80 x 120cm oil on canvas Niamh Cunningham 瑞莲2013

A portrait will be posted every week (usually Sunday afternoon) on this website home page throughout the year of 2019. Some are of young Chinese learners whom I used to teach in my early years in China, some are of family and friends, others are of artists and curators with whom I have worked over the years here in China. In the above work , the early years in China , I became fascinated with Chinese contemporary dance , the dance was a duo performance with Tao of the Tao dance company . This is an older work . I do not personally know Duan Ni , but would like to someday.

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The Spittoon experience !

Shaded Stardust , sucrose and mixed media, 30 cm diameter photo 17th June 2019 Niamh Cunningham 瑞莲 work inspired by poem by Chen Xianfa.

Last Sunday was definitely the day for literature. After leaving the Bloomsday celebrations at the Irish Embassy I headed over to the hutongs near the Drum and Bell tower . On my electric bike with the big long yellow skirt flapping in the wind I reached the Ball House in Gulou .

The Poetic Refractions Team  Spittoon launch of 5th issue
Poetic Refractions Team, hanging out the cool crowd!
Jack Calder , imposter yours truly, Zou Fei, Jennifer Fossenbell , Una Yan, Tian Tian Yuan and Iman Jabrah
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Bloomsday pop up exhibition at Embassy of Ireland

Bloomsday event Embassy of Ireland Beijing portraits by Niamh Cunningham
photo by Eric Favreliere

Bloomsday celebrates an ordinary day from which an extraordinary book is based. The 16th June 1904 is the day when James Joyce’s epic modern novel ‘Ulysses’ takes place. June 16th 2019 witnessed lots of fun events at the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing with a play directed by Mario Perez, readings, improv by the Beijing Broads, photo costume booth and of course art. The NorthGateProject founders Fion Gunn, Gulistan and myself exhibited a collection of artworks. We had an exhibition Odyssey the Return in April with Ulysses as the main theme.

When the rain stopped….Bloomsday Irish Embassy event photo credit: Zhou Jian 周建

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