THE Arthouse will be hosting an exhibition of paintings and sculpture entitled ‘Homage’, by George Burland. The exhibition will open on Tuesday June 12 and will run until Friday July 6.
George Burland is a native of Kildare and has been living in a small village in the Vega de Magaz, North of Spain for many years. He bought an old house in a small village and moved there from Madrid. His paintings are largely abstract. These recent works are mostly gouaches on paper and the lighter medium permits a looser and more transparent handling of paint and colour.
Declan O’Donovan, current Irish Ambassador to Portugal, has several paintings and sculptures of George’s, and is full of praise for the artist. “Irishman George Burland, has lived and worked abroad for many years, but these colours are of his homeland. Like many artists, George would say that the work is what you see not what he may have intended you to see. For me, the work presents the preserving bog, rich earth and ever-changing sky of historic Ireland. In one particular painting, it is winter but there is green growth and above is the lighter green of a new day dawning, a living sculpture of nature at a time of Christmas joy and reflection at the turn of year. No flowers to catch the eye. They will come later.”
Cóilín Rush, NCAD graduate artist at the Arthouse will formally open the exhibition. Currently the Cóilin’s work involves the production of television images in the medium of paint. In this work television images are translated into the paint medium and as such are introduced to the tradition of painting. For more contact arts co-ordinator and administrator Cara Byrne at 057 86 41740 or by e-mail at email@example.com.