darc space gallery is pleased to host an exhibition and book launch ‘temple bar: 50 drawings’ by Dublin-based artist Eamonn Robbins, who has maintained a studio in Temple Bar for over 20 years.
The exhibition runs at darc space (26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1) from 10 to 30 April and consists of a collection of recent mixed media drawings of the varied architectural elements of this unique neighbourhood. Depicting narrow streets as well as open spaces, grand facades and grubby edifices, Robbins’ collection gives us an opportunity to see this bustling urban enclave in a new way – through the eyes of one of its talented artists. Thanks to Robbins’ skill, his wit and generosity, we can see anew the familiar sights of our sometimes idiosyncratic but always engaging city. The exhibition will be opened by Dr Eibhlin Evans, writer and critic.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book of recent drawings of the varied architecture and of the people of the artist’s immediate neighbourhood. The book is a signed and numbered limited edition (200 copies) paperback. 72 pages. It retails for €24.50 but will be available for the special price of €20 for the duration of the exhibition. The book is in both colour and black and white and includes essays by Dr Eibhlin Evans (writer, academic, cultural critic) and Ann Shanahan (writer, Fair City). The introduction is by Charles Cullen, Aosdana.
Excerpt from ‘A Restless Record’, Eibhlin Evans, from ‘temple bar: 50 drawings’
“Eamonn Robbins works inside the heart of Temple Bar. He spends his days and nights on these streets, these lanes and alleys, amongst these buildings, passing through the spaces of this beguiling and often blighted place. Robbins’ drawings are original, immediate, spontaneous and offer a unique archive, a set of encounters with this contested area unlike any we’ve seen before. There is an expressionist’s joy to these drawings, an exhilarating calligraphy of effect, which is Robbins’ distinct style. There is nothing of that studied realism that stilted feel, that familiar style of rendering important buildings in the well-behaved manner of traditional architectural print-making. More akin to the great London artist, Leon Kossoff in his energy and flamboyancy, in his passion, Robbins is the unruly invader, the artistic Caliban whose eloquence of line matches the demotic energy we encounter in Dublin, especially in Temple Bar.”
About the artist: Eamonn Robbins lives and paints in Dublin, Ireland. He has been selected more than 20 times for the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy annual shows and has won a number of awards including the Emer Gallery Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy 2003 exhibition held in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. His project Mail Art Portraits (1988/1990) is in the Artists Books collection at Tate Britain, London and the Mail Art Archive (John Held Jr collection) of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC.
Exhibition: The exhibition features 12 drawings selected from the collection. Each is 30 x 21cm, mixed media and ink on paper. All works are for sale. There will also be a set of A5 colour postcards featuring drawings from the book available at the event. Some images from the Exhibition/book are shown below.
Venue: darc space, 26 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, Exhibition and Book Launch: 6-8pm, Thursday 10 April 2014 (please email info@darscpace if you would like to attend). Exhibition runs: 10 April – 30 April, 2014.
Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 – 17.30/ Saturday 12.00 – 15.00