The Woman with the Puppets

The Woman with the Puppets

Artist Jesse Jones’s intervention in the Hugh Lane Gallery as part of the Artist as Witness programme earlier this year, threw up a hitherto unrecognised masterpiece. The Woman with the Puppets (1915) is a remarkable painting, not least because of its magnificent...
Muriel Brandt’s 1916 Breadline

Muriel Brandt’s 1916 Breadline

Bread: such a potent symbol of community, domesticity, comfort, of home; such a practical source of nourishment. It might seem like an unlikely vehicle for all that an artist wants to say about the 1916 Easter Rising, but Muriel Brandt knew its potential as a...
Portraits by John Butler Yeats

Portraits by John Butler Yeats

John Butler Yeats’s 1901 portrait of his daughter Susan, pioneer of the Irish arts and crafts movement, is one of the great paintings in this mini showcase of the Irish artist’s work. She was apparently her father’s favourite model. Here, she leans in to the...
Gabhann Dunne – Magenta Honey

Gabhann Dunne – Magenta Honey

Gabhann Dunne (born in 1975) is one of the best Irish painters of his generation. This new work, made in response to the environs of Dublin’s Bull Island, announces itself with swirls of pretty wildflowers painted onto the wall in The LAB’s two-storey entrance lobby....
Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh – Imlíne

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh – Imlíne

One half of Ní Mhaonaigh’s first Cork solo show consists of small pink and grey paintings, in which industrial structures like silos, factories or hay-barns sit on the horizon. Abandoned fairground ride and locomotive-type shapes loom. Lines are scratched into thick,...

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