Feelings, as instinctive actions, are the starting prompts and continuous self-reflexive arbiters of Aileen Murphy’s paintings. Her ideas, beliefs and emotions, especially those that are vague or irrational, lead to decisions about form, composition, colour, and subject at each stage she makes her artwork. Paintings that may, at first, appear spontaneous or whimsical are often constituted from a sequence of assertive and controlled conclusions, which results in the vast spectrum of idiosyncratic aesthetic attributes that characterise Murphy’s practice.
As her paintings bounce between abstraction and figuration, the presence of a body is omnipresent, whether it is the artist’s own swoops of gestural brushwork or finger-painted details, or the psychedelic floating bodies and disembodied heads and limbs that populate the canvases. Even at their most surreal these forms are not gruesome; but instead express out of body experiences, the intangible sensations of sound and musicality, or lucid dreaming. Murphy’s figures melt into many amorphous shapes, implying a combining of bodies and duality of form, both corporeal and spiritual.
This exhibition will be Aileen Murphy’s first solo show in a public institution. Her other recent exhibitions include Bounty (with Diana Copperwhite), Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin (2018); and Naked Cheerleaders in my Chest, Deborah Schamoni, Munich (2017).
Exhibition20 September - 15 November 2019
Free tours of the exhibition every Saturday at 1pm.
All welcome, no booking required.
Thursday 19 September 2019 | 6-8pm