‘Along these lines’
by Sinéad Smyth and John Kavanagh
May 19th – 26th @ Echo Echo Studio, Derry
Artist Sinéad Smyth will show a series of recent works as giclée reproductions translated from small en plien air paintings communicating the artist’s love for painting with motion, depicting abstractions of landscape which seem familiar yet new, and new works centering on rhythm, flow, and the occupation of space. These works are highly conscious, sympathetically connected, have a unique relationship.
Artist John Kavanagh will show a series of works inspired by line and movement, shape and form. John's interests are in the science of mathematics, geometry and physics. He looks to the lines and structures of architecture, the urban environment, the human body and mapping. Through his work he connects flowing energy lines reflecting interests in Kundalini yoga and energy work.
About Sinead Smyth
Sinéad is an experienced artist and facilitator based in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.
She has worked with many communities, schools, arts organisations and public bodies including the Turner Prize 2013, Thames Festival London, The British Council, City of Culture 2013, Belfast City Council, Causeway Coasts and Glens District Council, Derry and Strabane District Council, Earagail Arts Festival and Donegal County Council.
Her work is based largely on emotional response and is derived from every day observations of people, landscapes (real and imagined) co-dependencies and storytelling. She records in writing, by sketch and photographic references, developing paintings and installations from various stances and instances, often painting en plien air. Her aim is to capture the essence of her chosen subject, creating the illusion of detail through energetic mark making, often focusing on impressionistic abstraction.
About: John Kavanagh
John is an artist from Derry City now based in Dublin. His work is known for its bold colours and magical themes. He has been exhibiting for the past five years and has been building a following with his detailed and styallised work.
"When I sketch, design and paint I enjoy going into the zone, meditating on movement, observing, where images flow unconsciously revealing themselves. Most recently I have started to question my creative process. I feel I have strengths in meditation, invoking an alchemy of senses in the fluidity of thoughts and translating these to canvas. I tend to incorporate elements of nature; bird motifs; the lunar and celestial worlds, into my work. I conjure images and draw inspiration from movement. music, spoken and written word, poetry, literature and language. The resulting work is enigmatic, expressive, energetic and bold. Making my art is an emotional and a colour-filled communicative challenge yet, at the same time, a joy to create."