Portraits

 

I began the portrait project in 2009 when I lived in Prague and have slowly continued this work throughout my years in China. The subjects range in age from 6 months to 100 years young. Through out the year of 2019 I posted a portrait every week on my webpage . This page will look at the different exhibitions in 2019 where the portraits were installed. Also included in this page is a curatorial statement on my portrait series by renowned curator Huang Du.

 


Granary Art Centre, SiShui county , Shandong, May 2019

From right to left :Praha Cafe (week 3) and Scoop (week 24) and others showing at China Ireland exhibition , Museu&m Expo Park Shanghai Nov 2019

portraits at Odyssey the Return Dong Yue Art Museum Beijing April 2019

作为一位在当代艺术语境下具有“破坏”与“重建”意识的艺术家,瑞莲(Niamh Cunningham)完成的“漂泊岩石”(The Wandering Rocks)系列由22张小幅  肖像画组成。

她深受《尤利西斯》第十章丰富而奇异的文学叙事的启发,,描绘了与自己相关的生活在北京和爱尔兰的人的肖像(家人、朋友、学生、艺术家和策展人等),

他们被重新塑造,其形象被比喻或扮演成不同的漂泊岩石。

可以发现画家利用类似于照片组合的方法,通过一种现实与虚拟元素的组合来创造出一种带有水波纹式的幻像语言,以引发观者

的惊奇之感。她的绘画蕴含了另一种解释世界的方法,图像仿佛承担着现实调查的文件,也是生活世界的存在方式。

与其说她偏爱表现肖像,不如说是表达了对图像拥有何种被感知的思考,以及如何面对认知的习惯性。事实上,每件作品都积淀着

艺术家的生活经验,由绘画的笔触、材料和由预先设定的题目引发出的一种连贯性。

她将绘画的艺术语言和今天的生活经验相融合,表现出富有个性的视觉语言。这类肖像画系列颇有融超经验(trans-experience)

的特征,其动态-碎片-重影承载着时间、空间、身份和记忆。 “尤利西斯”第十章,描写奥德修斯在回伊萨卡时没有采取返回的路

线。

切尔斯告诉他,这些漂流的岩石会造成大的破坏,他不应该走这条路。在“尤利西斯”中,该章节呈现了都柏林平日抛掷残骸,

分散而杂乱的面孔,形形色色人物总是在走动着穿越都柏林。这一章中能在某处找到大部分的人物。白天城市的背景是总督带领骑

士队伍正行进在去医院筹款的街道途中。这种异样的绘画语言并不只是所谓形式上的突破,而是它的编造带来的是对绘画主观给以

碎片化处理,并内化于心的形而上破解,实现图像与记忆交合的感知力,从而建立了新的形象叙事,达到对肖像画的重新界定。

与此同时,她在这样的创作中力图改造绘画的路径,截断了肖像画过于追求经典化,而是给绘画大胆注入了类似摄影的要素,

使切片化形象瞬间建立起主体和语言经验的连接。

她运用另类绘画的方法解构已存在的诸多艺术创作规则,建立起图像和文学平行的两个世界中真实存在的交合点。

As an artist with an awareness of “destruction” and “reconstruction” in
the context of contemporary art, Niamh Cunningham has created the “Wandering
Rocks” a series which consists of 22 small portrait paintings, inspired by the
rich and curious literary narrative in the eponymous Chapter 10 of ‘Ulysses’.
She paints these portraits of people living in Beijing and Ireland (families,
friends, students, artists, curators, etc.) in which they are reconfigured,
their images are transformed, reshaped metaphorically into different
‘wandering’ rocks. The artist uses a method whereby she layers photographic
images to create an ethereal effect like water ripples, a way of combining real
and virtual elements to provoke a sense of surprise in the viewer.

Her paintings describe another way of interpreting the world. The images
bear testimony to a real investigation into the way in which the living world
actually exists. Rather than saying that she simply likes painting portraits,
it is more accurate to describe these works as perceived thinking about the
image itself and how to engage with cognizance which is habitual.

In fact, 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.

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.

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 Feb 2019

Niamh Cunningham- Bio 。。。个人简介-倪芙瑞莲
Currently showing at Wuxi Bund Art Centre “Silent Explosion”
My interview with Today Art Museum and Today Art Media on the COVID era

Recent Interview , click on above image April 2020

Link to newspaper coverage -Carlow Nationalist (click on image)

In Her Eyes, F&E 100x100cm acrylic on canvas, 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham 2019

Silent Explosion
Recent ‘China-Ireland’ exhibition Shanghai Nov 29th 2019

China Ireland exhibition at MUSEu&m, Shanghai , opening Nov 29th

Early stage – Sculpture project HongFangzi ShaWan Sichuan
‘Whirls in the Old’ in New York at the exhibition ‘1919’

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

Gobi Heaven Art Festival August 2019

Participating in the International Artists program for this exciting event in the Gobi Dessert

Jul.Aug 2019 Group Exhibition , Hamilton Gallery , Sligo, Ireland and also Sept 2019 at the Irish Consulate Offices , Park Ave NYC
Granary Art exhibition SiShui Shandong June 2019

Granary Art Exhibition SiSHui , Shangdong June 2019 click on image

Swim Duck Video …30 sec clip of original work recently shown at Bloomsday event at Embassy of Ireland Niamh Cunningham 2019
clip from Swim Duck video Niamh Cunningham 2019

Clip from 'Swim Duck' Video by Niamh Cunningham 2019

Group exhibition in Sishui, Shangdong 正在展出

Granary Art Museum , Sishui, Jining , Shandong

April /May 2019 in Budapest 近期展出匈牙利

Currently showing in Budapest Aprli- May 2019

Wandering Rocks series of portraits 游岩系列
Talk on James Joyce at Bookworm with prof Fu Hao 乔伊斯座谈会
Aritst Talk on James Joyce at Beijing Bookworm

Talk on James Joyce at Bookwork Beijing April 2019

RTE interview on preparing for upcoming group exhibition 2 min clip
Web Of Fabulous Grass – Sucrose Series Click on image for Artist Profile English &简体中文
Artist talk at Beijing Geely College Dec 11th 2018
Map and Territory project Nov -Dec 2018 at Beijing Geely University
Map and Territory

Map and Territory

Current Events 正在展出

 

即将展出:

 

 

正在展出:

沉默的爆破

2020年07月11日-07月31日

无锡运河外滩美术馆

 

最新动态:

 

 

 

2019年11月”中国 爱尔兰  MUSEu&m , 上海

*2019年11月装置中国—红房子首届国际户外装置创作营在乐山沙湾红房子开营 …开始阶段

*2019年11月装置中国—红房子首届国际户外装置创作营在乐山沙湾红房子开营 …开始阶段

 

*2019年8月*Gobi Heaven- August 戈壁。天堂-八月

*2019年7月”1919″ 爱尔兰  Sligo -Hamilton Gallery  

*2019年5月“胜日寻芳“ 山东济宁市泗水等闲谷艺术粮仓美术馆

*2019年4月-5月在匈牙利首都布达佩斯

*2019年4月”奥德赛——回归”群展2019年4月13日在东岳美术馆开幕。

*2018年11月-12月“地图与疆域”国际艺术邀请展 北京吉利学院

*2018年11月-12月“纸上·至上”展览,韩国光州市立美术馆北京创作中心

*2018, 10月中欧国当代艺术全球巡展·上海

2018, 9月-10月“纸上·至上”展览,沈阳市拓•空间,

2018, 6月-11月诗人叶芝日,爱尔兰,斯莱戈(SLIGO),汉密尔顿艺术画廊

*2018年8月 淮阴艺术馆提名展,淮安市

*2018, 8月 “纸上·至上”展览, 鄂尔多斯,

*2018 , 6月30日 济南“国际抽象艺术展”

*2018 , 6月17 日 纸上•至上2018 在青岛,

*2018 , 5月20 日存在-国际女性艺术展,湖南长沙,

*2018 , 4月21 日延缓的时间,4月21日-29日,红门画廊,798艺术区

*2018 , 4月20 日 挖掘,,和画廊,来鹏高尔夫俱乐部

*2018年4月-12日 挖掘, , 展览,悦美术馆,北京798艺术区

*2018年2月-3月深圳观澜版画艺术区,5个星期驻地项目

*2018年1月28日-3月3日,《红&果》,流浪美术馆融空间,新年主题艺术展,北京中关村融科资讯中心

*2017年12月,中外视觉艺术湖南展,湖南长沙梅溪新天地梅溪书院.

*2017年12月末至2018年1月末, 《时间之外》主题艺术展, 北京中关村融科资讯中心

*2017年12月, 形质与叙事, 形质与叙事, 东岳美术馆

 *2017年12月,广州新造当代艺术中心,纸上·至上 纸艺作品群展.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Current Exhibition

*Silent Explosion, Wuxi Bund Art Centre, Jiangsu,  July 11-31 2020

Recent  exhibitions:

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

Current Exhibition

*China Ireland exhibition at MUSEU&m, near the Bund , Shanghai, Nov 29th 2019

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

*1919 – Group Exhibition (Hamilton Gallery) in New York, Irish Consulate

*1919 – Group Exhibition Hamilton Gallery , Sligo , Ireland July – September

*Gobi Heaven Art Festival , Inner Mongolia , August 2019

*A piece of Cotton Paper  9th floor gallery Songzhuang June 15th

*”Winning the Day ‘ Granary Art Centre,  SiShui , Shandong, May – June 2019

*Beyond the form of Art , Wick Art Centre , Budapest, Hungary may 2019

*Odyssey The Return ; group exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing  in April

Map and Territory Art IRRCA at Beijing Geely College Nov 20- Dec 20 2018

*Thousands of Sprouts, an experimental online exhibition – by Elizabeth Ross  Nov 2018

* On Paper Supreme, Gwangju Art Museum Beijing Creative Centre Songzhuang Nov- Dec 2018

*China Europe Internaitional Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai Oct 2018

*An Irish Airman foresees his Death – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Ireland June – Nov 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Extension Space, Shenyang, Liaoning,  Sept 16th – Oct 21st  2018

*Artist Nomination Exhibition, Huaiyin art gallery, Huai ‘an shi, Jiangsu, July-Aug 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Ordos Culture and Art Centre , Inner Mongolia , Aug 17th – Sept 10th  2018

*International Abstract Art , ChungChuen College, Jinan, July 2018

* On Paper Supreme, QingDao , Tiantai Art Centre, June 2018

* Existence , International Feminist Art Exhibition,  Mezzi Bookstore Art Space , Changsha

* Excavations 20 April-4th June  He Gallery, Golf Club.

*’Mortgaged Time’ 21st- 29th April at Red Gate Gallery , 798 Beijing  April 21st

*’Excavations’ 12-18th Enjoy Museum 798,  Beijing   preview 5 pm 12th April

* 5 week residency at Guanlan Printmaking base , Shenzhen (Feb-March 2018)

*Lunar New Year theme exhibition “Red Fruit” showing at Raycom IT centre, Zhongguancun,  28th Jan continues to March 3rd, organised by RoveArt , supporting the Female Protection Fund.

*Chinese & Foreign Visual Arts Hunan,  at the Meixi Academy Book Complex, Changsha Dec 26th to Jan 26th 2018.

* ‘Beyond Time’  Raycom IT Centre, Zhongguangcun, Beijing Dec – Jan 27th  2018

*”Qualitative Phase and The Narrative” Beijing Film Academy Triennial Exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, curated by Li Zhen till Dec 18th 2017…………………………………………….

 

-.On Paper Supreme made its final exhibition for 2018 in Beijing Songzhuang opening Nov 16th
Group exhibition Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
Hamilton Gallery Sligo - Lonely Impulse 2

A response to WB Yeats poem 'An Irish Airman Foresees his Death'

Group show Oct 27th Shanghai Bund 27 The House of Roosevelt House , the Bund Shanghai
Recent ‘At your Leisure’ Summer exhibition Jiangsu “悠游“——淮阴艺术馆
exhibited in Jinan curated by Ma Yi Ying
With curator Guo Zhen at the opening of Existence in Changsha , exhibition continues till end of July 2018

和策展人郭桢在开幕式《存在》

简体中文Artist Interview & Profile for the Art Project ‘Existence’
Group exhibition at Red Gate in April 2018 focussing on antiwar poet Ingeborg Bachmann
Niamh Cunningham 'Bachmann Girl' 2017

Artwork for poster is 'Bachmann Girl' 100x100cm Acrylic on Canvas by Niamh Cunningham 2017

Excavations showing at Enjoy Museum 798 April 2018

Excavations , a cross collaborative exhibition showing contemporary art by Chinese and Irish artists , showing in Enjoy Museum, 798 , 2018.4.12

Very honoured to have Irish Ambassador Eoin O’ Leary visit Chinese New Year exhibition “Red & Fruit”

Irish Ambassador Eoin O'Leary with subway paintings at Raycom Centre exhibition Feb 2018

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