‘Excursion’ from Iceland to Laois

A painting by Pat Byrne
The Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co Laois will be hosting a new exhibition by artist Pat Byrne entitled ‘Excursion’.

The Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co Laois will be hosting a new exhibition by artist Pat Byrne entitled ‘Excursion’.

The exhibition will open on Thursday September 5 and will be launched by artist Jock Nichol.

The work will include new work from a three month residency with Nes artist residency in Skagastrond, Iceland.

“The core theme of my painting is playing with scale. This is achieved by placing locations, landscapes and scenes in, on or around oversized everyday objects creating juxtapositions that give my work a surrealist nature. I tend to arrive at this point through the use of sketches, collages and photography, experimenting with images to find what works well together.

As well as the visual element this recent body of work has underlying layers that look at issues and occurrences of our surrounding environments and areas either historical or as a result of progress, both natural and through the impact of human activity.

The goal of working this way is primarily to simply have fun with the imagery while the secondary aim is to subtly portray the tones that run beneath the aesthetic.” Visit www.laois.ie for more.