Magic Drawings in the Womb of the Living Earth

Brendan Flaherty

Magic Drawings in the Womb of the Living Earth, is the first solo exhibition of paintings by Irish artist Brendan Flaherty.

Flaherty is concerned with the reasons for making art. He explores a continuous lineage of image making from prehistoric cave painting right through to modern graphic production. Employing a palette of vibrant and unnatural colours he inserts characters liberated from pictorial history into newly invented stages and scenarios where visual genres jostle and collide.

Much of the work in the exhibition references real and imagined spaces. They are not intended as representations of reality, however, the purpose of the paintings is to serve as an opening into a place that echoes reality, but with a heightened sense of drama and romance.

Since graduating from NCAD in 2005 with a 1st class honours degree, Brendan Flaherty has exhibited widely around Ireland, including EV+A and Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick, chq in Dublin, The Granary, Waterford, Ard Bia, Galway and the Form Gallery in Cork.