Artists
Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow produces both sculptural installations and painted studies that reference them. In her three-dimensional works the use of space – and our relationship to it – plays an important role. Barlow’s structures and forms, both rudimentary in construction and densely built, explore ideas of mass and volume. Whilst containing references to architecture, such as...
David Blackburn

David Blackburn

Working almost exclusively in pastel medium, Blackburn’s approach to the landscape is to find what he describes as the ‘hidden poetry’ or the ‘visual magic’, in which a recognisable object, such as a cobweb or a leaf, can be ‘transformed into something richer and stranger’. Blackburn’s works are noted for the way in which they...
Michael Fullerton

Michael Fullerton

Central to Michael Fullerton’s practice is portraiture although his work also includes printmaking and sculpture. Whilst his style references the 18th century portraitists Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds Fullerton is more interested in the political nuances of art and the aesthetics of persuasion. Fullerton’s practice expresses his long-standing interest in the theoretical aspects of painting...
Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin is a groundbreaking documnetary photographer. She documents her life and community photographing herself and her friends, intimates and acquaintances, in a series of indelible images of unflinching, often unflattering candour. Images of drug use, sexuality and gender, physical abuse, domesticity, boredom, love, portraits tender and fierce,were gathered as a sort of visual diary...
Rinko Kawauchi

Rinko Kawauchi

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Paul McDevitt

Paul McDevitt

McDevitt’s intricate pencil drawings suggest a lost or undiscovered world, his subject matter derived primarily from 1950s cultural magazines as well as his own photographs. Much imagery focuses on anonymous graphic design – ranging from the commercial styling of old publications to municipal murals and street graffiti – which are fused with elements of architecture...
Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley’s ‘snapshots’ have been evolving steadily since his guerilla show at 420 West Broadway in 2000. In the intervening years he has moved away from an artistic practice that was the soul of casual and towards an elaborated production schedule that raises the ante on ‘being there.’ McGinley has gone from being perceived as...
Makiko Nakamura

Makiko Nakamura

Japanese-born, Makiko Nakamura is an abstract painter with an international reputation, Nakamura left her homeland, working firstly in Paris, and then the US, followed by Dublin, due to her admiration for Samuel Beckett.  Qualities of repetition and meditative processes are practiced through a relentless application and erasure of grid-like structures, the paintings are instantly distinguishable, with...
Mariah Robertson

Mariah Robertson

When do the rules that govern photography actually limit creativity?, asks Mariah Robertson, who “likes to find the point at which the little mediocre photographer in me gets its feathers ruffled”. Who said a print had to meekly accept being confined to a frame? Why can’t it ripple along a floor, up a wall and...
George Shaw

George Shaw

George Shaw’s paintings chart the urban landscape of his childhood home on the Tile Hill Estate in Coventry. Painted in Humbrol enamels, more usually associated with boyhood model-making Shaw’s works revisit landmarks remembered from his youth. They are places of pitched-roof terraces, wasteland and scrubby woods, where things – whether goalposts, gates or gravestones –...