Gibbons & Nicholas

Ciara Gibbons
4 Greenview
Seabrook Manor, Portmarnock
D13 YC59 Dublin
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  • Ciara Gibbons  
  • Natacha O' Brien  

Gibbons & Nicholas was founded in 2016 and is curated by Ciara Gibbons, former director of BlueLeaf Gallery. Gibbons & Nicholas works with established Irish galleries to present the best of contemporary Irish art to an international audience. This allows the artists to connect with international buyers, galleries and curators and promotes significant cross-cultural exchange.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Claudia Alvarez  (+)

    Biography : Painter and sculptor Claudia Alvarez focuses much of her work on investigating themes of childhood. “I’m influenced by the characteristics and innocence of children. Through my art practice I explore emotions and actions related to human conduct, ethics, culture and belief systems, creating images as if they were questions posed by a child, simply yet poignantly at complex issues in the world today. A child’s viewpoint is innocent of cultural conventions. Their eyes and comments reveal to us just how corrupt mechanisms are.” Claudia Alvarez was born in Monterrey, Mexico. At the age of three, she immigrated with her family to the United States. She spent most of her life in California until 2005 when she was awarded a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Her time is now divided between Omaha and New York City. She received her BA from the University of California, Davis and her MFA from California College of Arts in San Francisco, California. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Mexico.

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  • Peter Burns  (+)

    Biography : Peter Burns lives and works in County Mayo, on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, but shows his work internationally. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design Dublin (NCAD), Peter’s paintings can be playful re-workings of myths, Biblical stories, art historical, literary and musical themes. People are shown in relation to nature and the universe. Small figures and animals exist and roam freely in his imaginative, painted world. Chunks of old dried paint are attached to the canvas in places, while elsewhere paint is scraped off to reveal underlying layers. Exoticism flavours Peter’s ambitious range of subject matter, with allusions to faraway places, Japanese art and Russian literature. The sky, the stars and the planets suggest a sense of infinity. Colourful and playful, his paintings are daring and experimental, each one focusing on a self-contained world. Peter’s work featured at an exhibition last May at David & Schweitzer Contemporary in New York.

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    • Peter Burns - As it was, so shall it be

      As it was, so shall it be

    • Peter Burns - Forest of Blood

      Forest of Blood

    • Peter Burns - Faith & Death

      Faith & Death

    • Peter Burns - Joe


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  • Eamon Colman  (+)

    Biography : Eamon Coleman’s career spans from 1979 and he has created thirty-six solo exhibitions, both in Ireland and internationally. According to Eamon the act of walking and travelling holds the key to much of his work. He has found the moods of various landscapes through its indigenous people — whether on the Skagen coast of Denmark, his walk from New Delhi to the source of the River Ganges or a journey he took along the Colorado River, spent white-water rafting, camping and walking. Now a resident of County Kilkenny in the south-east of Ireland, he lives 900 feet up a hill, surrounded by forests. Recent work on paper was inspired by Hollywood, not in California, but the village in the mountains of County Wicklow. His ecologically minded approach to his surroundings was reflected in these images, which highlighted the inherent beauty of these gentle uplands, while being fully aware of the vulnerability of their flora and fauna though mono-coniferous afforestation. Eamon Coleman was elected a member of Aosdána in 2007, in recognition of his major contribution to Irish culture.

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  • Anita Groener  (+)

    Biography : Anita Groener is a Dutch born artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work, like her life, is grounded in a transcultural perspective. Notions of home and displacement within modern geopolitical realities drive the enquiry directed through drawing. Of particular interest is how this becomes manifest through temporality and in a relationship with place. Her practice comprises large scale installations, drawings and film that she exhibits internationally. Her most recent large-scale commission is at Facebook’s EMEA Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Exhibitions include Citizen at Butler Gallery Kilkenny, Ireland; Poggiali & Forconi Gallery, Florence, Italy; Point B, Williamsburg NYC, US; Second Drawing festival and Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair with Witteveen Visual Arts Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands; I Am Always Touched By Your Presence Dear, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin; Into Irish Drawing | Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France and Land at Rubicon Gallery Dublin as part of Dublin Contemporary programme. Groener’s work is included in the collections of The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council Ireland, State Art Collection Ireland OPW, VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, Irish Contemporary Arts Society, AIB Bank, ABN-AMRO Bank, The National Drawing Archive and many private international collections. The artist is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation that recognises outstanding contributions to Irish culture.

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  • Ronnie Hughes  (+)

    Biography : Born in Belfast in 1965 and now living in County Sligo, Ronnie Hughes studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast, receiving an MA in Fine Art in 1989. Hughes has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland and has participated in many group exhibitions worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Zygotic Tendencies’ presented at Chicago Art Fair and Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles. ‘Strange Attractors’, a large survey show of his recent work, took place in 2017 at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Dublin. Irish Times art writer Gemma Tipton described this show as ‘op art extravaganzas that make your eyes ache; bursts of geometric shapes that seem to warp the flat surfaces of the paper and canvas into pinnacles and troughs; and grids of line and colour to take your senses for a walk through a series of endless mazes’. Hughes’s work has been written about extensively and he has received a multitude of awards, including a one-year residency in New York (PS1, 1990-91) and three-month residencies at Banff Arts Centre, Canada (1994) and Bemis Arts Canter, Nebraska (1997). In 2006 he was awarded both the ‘Irish Artist Fellowship’ – a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center and a two-month residency at the Albers Foundation in Connecticut.

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  • Marty Kelly  (+)

    Biography : Marty Kelly has exhibited extensively in Ireland and internationally since graduation from University of Ulster, Belfast in 2000. Past solo exhibitions include Whitespace, the Mordes Collection, Florida; BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin; Art London; Estudio Nomada, Barcelona and Townhouse Gallery, Belfast. Group Exhibitions include Gordon Gallery, Derry; J Cacciola Gallery, NYC; Art Toronto; Fabriktheatre Moabit, Berlin; “Wildly Different Things: New York and Dublin”, BlueLeaf Unlimited; Estudio Nomada, Barcelona; BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin; Menier Gallery, London; 3 Bedfordbury Gallery, London; Art Miami; Art Chicago; Edinburgh Art Fair; The Glebe Gallery, Donegal; John Martin Gallery, London; Royal Dublin Society; Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Belfast; Art Holland; IONTAS, Sligo Art Gallery; Beaux Arts, Bath, UK; London Art Fair; Townhouse Gallery, Belfast; Cavehill Gallery, Belfast; Woolff Gallery, London; Art Select, Dublin; Arts Society of Ulster, Queens University, Belfast; Steading Gallery, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Kelly’s work is part of collections including Department of Environment, Northern Ireland; Bank of Ireland, Dublin; Mandate Trade Union, Dublin; Collection of the Dept of Finance, Northern Ireland; Wedgewood Inc, Los Angeles and is held in private collections worldwide.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Marty Kelly - Elixir (the way of the tiny dog)

      Elixir (the way of the tiny dog)

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  • Sean Molloy  (+)

    Biography : Sean Molloy’s key concern as a painter is to investigate the relevance of painting in a digitally-mediated world. This body of work has been constructed by a process of experimentation with a series of traditional baroque-inspired themes, spliced together with over-painted elements associated with digital-based imagery. The traditional elements have been appropriated from sources within the Dutch, Spanish, Flemish and Italian baroque painting canon, combined and juxtaposed to create a series of miniature tondo portraits and capriccio-type fantasy landscapes. The digital-inspired elements overlaying the traditional subject matter reference a variety of sources (C.G.I., games, image manipulation software, glitch-art, etc.). 'Pentimenti' refers to the underlying drawing, the choices and corrections that the artist makes while developing the composition, correcting areas by painting over them, discovered years sometimes centuries later revealing themselves to the modern viewer by the fading top layer of paint, 'Pentimenti' can also reveal when the painter's original work has been corrected, often in response to socio-political, moral or fashion imperatives – or simply through complacent restoration. Thus the 'definitive' (often canonical) work reveals itself as something which is not a solid given, but the outcome of a fluid, changing dynamic. In today's world, there is also a certain impermanence to digital images – we can alter and manipulate them as often as we wish which gives them a certain malleable quality. Sean Molloy received a 1st class BA honours in painting (NCAD, 2011), followed by his MFA (NCAD, 2013). His degree show featured in the Irish Arts Review as one of the top Irish fine art graduates of 2011. In 2013 Sean was longlisted for the Saatchi New Sensation prize the sole Irish nominee. In Dec 2015, his debut solo exhibition was held at the RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin.He is currently artist-in-residence at Cloverhill Prison as part of the Arts C

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    • Sean Molloy - Landscape with Cow

      Landscape with Cow

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  • Kevin Mooney  (+)

    Biography : Kevin Mooney is an Irish artist based in Dublin. Re-imagining Irish art history, an interest in Irish culture and folklore, and historical research into cultural migration- these are the key factors which inform his practice. His own family background of migration, and his early experiences as a UK born Irish person growing up in Ireland, have been crucial in developing his work. Through working on a long series of interrelated paintings over an extended period of time, the work evolves like a slowly unfolding folklore. The sources and motifs of his work continue to be adapted, developed and intertwined to create a rich and darkly humorous world of history, imagination and myth. Kevin graduated from the Masters in Fine Art, NCAD in 2012. Solo shows include Ormston House, Limerick, 2016 (forthcoming, part of the "Depot" series) “Wave”, Pallas Projects, Dublin 2014, “Dog Island Tales”, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 2014, Nag Gallery, Dublin 2010, “Timeline” Queen Street Gallery, Belfast, 2010 and “Facade”, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, 2009. Selected group exhibitions include "What Is and What Might Be", Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, 2015, “Making Familiar”, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2012, “Horizon Sprawl”, Ormston House, Limerick 2012, and “Video Killed the Radio Star”, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 2010. He received a Visual Artists Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland in both 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Thames and Hudson publication “100 Painters of Tomorrow”. In 2015 he was also shortlisted for Wexford Arts Centre's Emerging Artist Award.

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  • Janet Mullarney  (+)

    Biography : Born in Dublin, Ireland sculptor Janet Mullarney lives and works between Italy and Ireland. “Her sculptures are a little like Angela Carter’s novels, where the everyday and the ordinary can suddenly plummet into the surreal and the mythic. Tables and stairs, trolleys and mattresses are the props that carry extraordinary characters. Subjects mined from the natural world and anthropo-morphized to play out human joy and human tragedy.” Patrick T.Murphy. She has exhibited extensively in both Ireland and abroad and has held solo exhibitions at venues including Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Royal Hibernian Academy; Crawford Municipal Gallery; Limerick City Gallery; Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Oaxaca, Mexico; Casa Masaccio Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno; Group exhibitions include “Views from an Island” Irish Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing and Shanghai Art Museum; Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena; Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza, Italy. Mullarney’s sculpture is part of the collections of Arts Council, Irish Museum of Modern Art, (IMMA); Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Limerick City Gallery of Art; Office of Public Work and Allied Irish Banks. Work in public workspaces that can be singled out would be Gröningen, Waagstraat Project, (architect Adolfo Natalini), Holland; Royal Victoria Hospitals, Belfast; St.Ultans, Cherry Orchard Primary School, (architects O’Donnell+Tuomey) ,Ballyfermot, Dublin. She has been awarded with the RUA Perpetual Silver Medal, Prize 2009; The RHA Sculpture Award 2008; Irish American Cultural Institute’s O’Malley Award 2005; The Pollock Krasner Award 1998. Dept.of Foreign Affairs 2008 Awards 2003/2001/2000/1991/1989. Janet Mullarney is a member of Aosdana (The Irish Arts Council established Aosdána in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland). She is represented by the Taylor G

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Other Represented Artists

  • Mark Cullen  (+)

    Biography : Mark Cullen was born in Dublin in 1972. Cullen works with various media. He was artist in residence in the School of Physics, University College Dublin in 2013 – 2014 and exhibited Mandala: As within so without, in the O'Brien Science Centre, UCD in November 2014 – June 2015. He is the co-editor of Artist-Run Europe Practice/Projects/Spaces a substantial publication due to be published in June, 2016 on artist run practice throughout Europe. Recent group shows include: Welcome Disturbances, The Lab, Dublin, (cat), Cosmic Dust, Visual, Carlow, Lacuna 3, Taylor Galleries, Dublin and XL Group Exhibition, Dublin (cat) in 2014 Works include ARK, Dublin Contemporary, MAIM XI for Irish Museum Modern Art, Temporary Portable Reservoirs at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Siege House, London, Cosmic Annihilator, an installation at Pallas Heights and Open EV+A (curated by Dan Cameron) Limerick City Gallery. Works in 2010 – 2014 include MAD Art Fair Madrid, curated by Jim Ricks, Carpet, Difference Engine: Accumulator II, Oriel Myrrdin Gallery, Wales, Probe, Difference Engine: Accumulator, West Cork Arts Centre, Ark: I could sleep for a thousand years, Dublin Contemporary, Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space, Triskel, Cork, Temporary Portable Reservoirs, Dorm, Model, Sligo, and Difference Engine, Substation, CSV Cultural Centre, New York, Wexford Arts Centre, The Black Mariah, Cork & SOMA, Waterford. He has several works in the Collection of the Office of Public Works including Dunsink Observatory, and is also included in the Chamber of Commerce Collection in the City of Hefei, China. Since 2009 he is a member of Difference Engine - a self determined art group which instigates an evolving exhibition methodology, a model of self organisation, with artists Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler & Jessica Foley, featuring Gordon Cheung, Paul Green and other collaborators. In 2005 he completed a Masters in Visual Arts Practices at DLIADT and was an award winner

    Detailed Description : Statement My work explores cosmology. I am particularly interested in how the western scientific paradigm comes to terms with its own uncertainty as it confronts the horizon of perception and thought that exists in complement to it in traditions outside the western canon and in dealing with its own consciousness.

  • Gabhann Dunne  (+)

    Exhibition : Gabhann holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (DIT) and a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) from the National College of Ireland Dublin. He is a former winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship at the Royal Hibernian Academy. He was described by Cristín Leach - writing in The Sunday Times in May, 2015 - as ‘one of the best Irish painters of his generation’.

    Detailed Description : The work deals with the space within which rational language has failed and meaning is found in emotional contemplation. This is what Philip Guston described as ‘the third hand’. Positive psychology refers to it as autolectic flow where through the action of painting, the poles of reality and imagination can be reflected upon. And the metaphysical spectre of meaning overcome in an exchange for a movement away from limitations of human concerns towards a greater inhuman realm of existence that can be had in the observation of animals, environment and landscape. Placing ourselves not as separate to these but as participants and subjects of change. Informing the practice is a widespread of literature, social commentators and ecologists such as John Gray, Mark Rowlands and Emma Marris. Painting is not used analytically but to interrogate how different forms or techniques can be used with each other to create tension, power and the sacred. Beauty can be used as a substitute for a sense of rightness - an awkward stroke for the unknowable. A forest becomes soft almost edible or figures obscured behind a film of rich glazes. Imagery leaks from the canvas onto walls and floors, anchoring the work in the space of its showing, a loop of flowers, a small pillow to break the fall of a painted animal. While the subject of the work may seem overly dark and nihilistic there is humour here, compassion, apology and a desire to protect.

  • Helen O'Leary

    Biography : O’Leary’s work draws on her Irish background and explores with deftness, rigor and craft, the idea of origin, of how everything we subsequently become has been framed by the visual, cultural, moral and emotional lines of definition that are drawn around our formative childhood worlds. Helen O’Leary is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is currently a Professor of Art at Penn State University. O’Leary has exhibited widely around the world: the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, Ireland; the Coleman Burke Gallery in New York, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia; Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; Stad an Zee Museum, Belgium; Glasgow Museum of Art, Scotland; and the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, India are among the many venues to have mounted solo exhibitions of her work. Her art has been honoured with two Pollock-Krasner awards and a Joan Mitchell Award for painting and sculpture. In 2010, Helen was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

  • Suzy O'Mullane

    Biography : Suzy O’ Mullane has been practicing and exhibiting consistently in Dublin, London, NY, Berlin and LA since 1996. She is former co-founder and director for 6 years of ArtTrail Cork, which ran from 1996 to 2012. Notably, her work has been presented at Art Miami from 2010 to 2013, Art Toronto from 2010 to 2012, and also Art Chicago, Art Wynwood and Art Palm Beach. She has held solo exhibitions at the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Triskel Arts Centre, Solstice Arts Centre, Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Blueleaf Gallery, and Origin Gallery. Her work is represented in many public and private collections in the US and Europe, including Crawford Municipal Gallery, TCD, UCC, and OPW. In 2016 and 2017 she has been invited to exhibit in Beijing, Shanghai and Melbourne. O’ Mullane’s work conceptualises emotional experience and memory through the mediums of painting, drawing, video, performance and writings. Each body of work relates to specific events centring around a particular identity, place, memory, personal connections. Formally, her paintings and drawings are executed in oil and charcoal on canvas or paper. Scale oscillates between very large (maximum 7ft x 10ft) and small/intimate. More recent video and performance work supports and intersects with the 2D work, and relies on written narrative and layers of associated imagery.

  • David Quinn  (+)

    Biography : David Quinn lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Solo exhibitions include seam (2015), dunkelbunt (2014) and pewter (2012) in the Taylor Galleries, Dublin and d-esque (2012) in the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast. Group shows include Éigse 30 year Retrospective (2013), Proper Nouns and Adjectives, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast and Marathon Irish, Dialogue, London (2012). He received the Tony O’Malley Studio Residency Award in 2015. Public collections include Bank of Ireland, Electric Ireland, OPW / State Art Collection, Eaton Corporation and the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. He is represented by the Taylor Galleries,Dublin

    Detailed Description : David Quinn sees painting as a type of silent poetry and his own small pieces as visual haikus. In spirit they are related to the intimism of Bonnard and Vuillard (an art described by André Gide as "speaking in a low tone, suitable to confidences") and the pure expressionism of the New York School of abstractionists. They are also partly inspired the patina of Dublin's inner-city, old paperback books, musical notation and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi amongst other things.

Elixir (the way of the tiny dog) - Marty Kelly

Marty Kelly Elixir (the way of the tiny dog)

mixed media on board, 91 x 121cm

Landscape with Cow - Sean Molloy

Sean Molloy Landscape with Cow

Oil & enamel on canvas, 90 cm x 120 cm

Joe - Peter Burns

Peter Burns Joe

oil on canvas, 20 x 20 cm, 2017

Faith & Death - Peter Burns

Peter Burns Faith & Death

oil on canvas, 20 x 30 cm, 2016

Forest of Blood - Peter Burns

Peter Burns Forest of Blood

oil on canvas, 112 x 142 cm, 2016

As it was, so shall it be - Peter Burns

Peter Burns As it was, so shall it be

oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 2016