China -Ireland Exhibition in Shanghai

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The China Ireland exhibition opened at Museu&m, Bangsongyuan road, Huangpu, Shanghai on November 29th.

Portraits by Niamh Cunningham
Opening ceremony on Nov 29th

Irish Consul General in Shanghai Therese Healy spoke at the opening event on Friday evening and introduced the work of the five Irish artists.

With Irish Consul General in Shanghai Therese Healy and producer Maggie Xu

Also speaking at the event was Sun Liping of the Shanghai International Culture Association. Ms Sun Li Ping wore an Aran sweater for the special occasion .

With Sun Liping from Shanghai International Culture Association

The event marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The exhibition was produced by Wen Xu of Creative Culture Innovation Europe and curated by Lulu.

Water City – Huiyuan with portraits in background by Niamh Cunningham
Woodblock Connoisseur  CC  acrylic Niamh Cunningham /倪芙瑞莲 2019
Week 32 Woodblock Connoisseur CC acrylic Niamh Cunningham /瑞莲 2019
Friend to Many CC  100x100cm  acrylic on canvas , Niamh Cunningham 倪芙 2019
Week 31: Friend to Many CC 100x100cm acrylic on canvas , Niamh Cunningham 2019
Purple Rain LX 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham 2019
Week 41: Purple Rain LX 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham 2019

In an essay for a group exhibition earlier this year ‘Odyssey – the Return’ renowned curator Huang Du wrote on my portrait work : “ Each piece of work is a combination of the artist’s lived experience, her brush painting and materiality bound together using technological pre-sets. She combines the artistic language of painting with today’s lived experience in order to create a unique and personal visual language.”

Week 12: Little Singer /小歌唱家 oil on canvas 50x50cm Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲2013
Week 40: In Her Eyes, acrylic on canvas 100x100cm 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham
Week 40: In Her Eyes, acrylic on canvas 100x100cm 倪芙瑞莲 Niamh Cunningham
Week 25: Bruno Acrylic on canvas Niamh Cunningham 2019
Week 28: Memory Palace G. 麦金尼斯女士 Guli 布面丙烯 50×50厘米 Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲 2019

“This series of portraits embodies a range of experiences in its dynamic fragmentation, insubstantial images which evoke time, space, identity and memory. This fastidious way of painting is not merely a type of formal innovation, the creative process itself causes an actual disintegration of the painting’s subjectivity and internalizes this metaphysical rupture. In bringing together the perception of image and that of memory, a new image narrative which redefines the portrait, is created。”

Week 24: Scoop -TC oil on canvas 80x 60cm Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲 2010
Week 3 : Café Praha (C.C) oil on canvas 80x60cm Niamh Cunningham/瑞莲2010

“At the same time, the artist has endeavoured to transform the act of painting, distancing herself from the pursuit of the classical, while at the same time incorporating photographic elements. So, the cropped image instantly establishes the connection between the subject and the experience/awareness of language. She uses alternative painting methods to deconstruct the existing rules of artistic creation and establishes a real intersection of two creative worlds: the visual and the literary.”

Huang Du , February 2019

Portraits showing at Museu&m, Expo park Shanghai Nov 29th 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham
Water City Huiyuan, 100x 300cm Oil on canvas 倪芙瑞莲NIamh Cunningham 2017

A sincere thank you to all involved in making this event possible: Shanghai International Cultural Association, Creative Culture Innovation Europe , Irish Consulate in Shanghai and Museu&m art space.

The next blog will take a look at the artworks by participating artists.