GWEN O'DOWD,  immerse,  9th November - 6th December, 2017

Gwen O'Dowd at Graphic Studio Dublin

Gwen O'Dowd at Graphic Studio Dublin

Graphic Studio Gallery is delighted to present ‘immerse', a retrospective survey of Gwen O’Dowd’s original prints, spanning more than 30 years - the exhibition includes an expansive series of new work.

 

Tonn I, carborundum, paper & image, 84 x 117cm, edition of 20, 2017, €1,150 unframed

Tonn I, carborundum, paper & image, 84 x 117cm, edition of 20, 2017, €1,150 unframed

 
Tonn III, carborundum, paper & image 84 x 117cm, edition of 20, 2017, €1,150 unframed

Tonn III, carborundum, paper & image 84 x 117cm, edition of 20, 2017, €1,150 unframed

 
Tonn II, carborundum, paper & image 84 x 117cm, edition of 20, 2017, €1,150 unframed

Tonn II, carborundum, paper & image 84 x 117cm, edition of 20, 2017, €1,150 unframed

 
Tonn ii, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm, €350 unframed

Tonn ii, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm, €350 unframed

 
Tonn i, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm, €350 unframed

Tonn i, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm, €350 unframed

 
Tonn iii, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm, €350 unframed

Tonn iii, stage proof for Behaviour & Attitudes commission, carborundum, paper 37.5 x 39cm, image 20 x 25cm, €350 unframed

 
Sky I, carborundum, ed of 75, available as part of Graphic Studio Dublin's 2017 Sponsors Portfolio, with text by Colm Tóibín, and additional loose leaf fine art prints by Elke Thönnes, Cliona Doyle and Aoife Scott, €750 

Sky I, carborundum, ed of 75, available as part of Graphic Studio Dublin's 2017 Sponsors Portfolio, with text by Colm Tóibín, and additional loose leaf fine art prints by Elke Thönnes, Cliona Doyle and Aoife Scott, €750 

 
Sky II, carborundum, image 26 x 33.5cm, paper 44 x 50cm,  ed of 30, 2017, €380 unframed

Sky II, carborundum, image 26 x 33.5cm, paper 44 x 50cm,  ed of 30, 2017, €380 unframed

 
Blue Rain, etching, image 15 x 19.5cm, paper 32 x 34cm, ed of 30, 2017, €200 unframed

Blue Rain, etching, image 15 x 19.5cm, paper 32 x 34cm, ed of 30, 2017, €200 unframed

 
Brown Rain, etching, image 25.5 x 34, paper 44 x 50cm, ed of 30, 2017, €380 unframed

Brown Rain, etching, image 25.5 x 34, paper 44 x 50cm, ed of 30, 2017, €380 unframed

 
Purple Rain, etching, image 25.5 x 34, paper 44 x 50cm, ed of 30, 2017, €380 unframed

Purple Rain, etching, image 25.5 x 34, paper 44 x 50cm, ed of 30, 2017, €380 unframed

 
Waterbased 4, carborundum paper and image 62 x 76cm,  ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

Waterbased 4, carborundum paper and image 62 x 76cm,  ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

 
Waterbased 3, carborundum, paper & image 62 x 76cm, ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

Waterbased 3, carborundum, paper & image 62 x 76cm, ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

 
Waterbased 5, carborundum, paper & image 76 x 62cm, 2006, ed of 30, €650 unframed

Waterbased 5, carborundum, paper & image 76 x 62cm, 2006, ed of 30, €650 unframed

 
Waterbased 1, carborundum,  paper & image 76 x 62cm, ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

Waterbased 1, carborundum,  paper & image 76 x 62cm, ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

 
Waterbased 2, carborundum, 76 x 62 cm, ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

Waterbased 2, carborundum, 76 x 62 cm, ed of 30, 2006, €650 unframed

 
Crow Study I, monotype, paper & image 26cm x 36cm, ed of 1, 2010, €500 framed

Crow Study I, monotype, paper & image 26cm x 36cm, ed of 1, 2010, €500 framed

 
Crow Study III, monotype, paper & image 27cm x 35cm, ed of 1, 2010, €500 framed

Crow Study III, monotype, paper & image 27cm x 35cm, ed of 1, 2010, €500 framed

 
Study for spaces 6, carborundum, paper and image 31.5 x 39 cm, ed of 1, 2001, €850 framed

Study for spaces 6, carborundum, paper and image 31.5 x 39 cm, ed of 1, 2001, €850 framed

 
Spaces 5, carborundum, paper & image 55 x 76cm,  ed of 30, 2001, €580 unframed

Spaces 5, carborundum, paper & image 55 x 76cm,  ed of 30, 2001, €580 unframed

 
Spaces 4, carborundum, paper & image 55 x 76cm, ed of 30, 2001, €580 unframed

Spaces 4, carborundum, paper & image 55 x 76cm, ed of 30, 2001, €580 unframed

 
Spaces II, carborundum, paper & image 125 x 86cm, ed of 18, 2001, €1,400 framed

Spaces II, carborundum, paper & image 125 x 86cm, ed of 18, 2001, €1,400 framed

 
Spaces III, carborundum, paper & image, 125 x 86cm, ed of 18, 2001, €1,400 framed

Spaces III, carborundum, paper & image, 125 x 86cm, ed of 18, 2001, €1,400 framed

 
Spaces I, carborundum, paper & image, 125 x 86cm, ed of 18, 2001, €1,400 framed

Spaces I, carborundum, paper & image, 125 x 86cm, ed of 18, 2001, €1,400 framed

 
Fire, carborundum, 50 x 65cm, 1995

Fire, carborundum, 50 x 65cm, 1995

Studies for Rain Series prints, watercolours on Indian rag paper.

Studies for Rain Series prints, watercolours on Indian rag paper.


As part of Dublin Gallery weekend, Gwen O'Dowd will informally discuss her work, giving a live original print demonstration, with the assistance of Niamh Flanagan, on Friday 24th of November, from 6-7pm.  Attendance is free, but online booking is required.


"Gwen O’Dowd has always experimented with materials and methods to develop a language of expression to enable the surfaces and textures of her work to coalesce with her interpretation.  She is known consequently for her exploration of print, which has been significant in providing her with opportunities to experiment and push the traditional boundaries of what her media has to offer.  Since 1985, she has been working with carborundum printing techniques, taking advantage of the grittiness of the material to produce works with an almost tangible immediacy.  

As an artist, O'Dowd seeks to express the emotion evoked by the direct experience of nature, such as the startling impact of a wave crashing against the obdurate surfaces of a rocky shoreline.  She responds to the intensity and repetition of the action of water over centuries – rivers, glaciers, oceans - and how they carve their presence into the landscape, an interminable process of erosion that hollows out channels and spaces over time.  Her study visits to environments range from the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the icefields and glaciers in Canada, to the coastlines of the west of Ireland.  

This exhibition highlights selected points of reference in Gwen O’Dowd’s print-works over the last thirty years or so, including her most recent explorations with carborundum to create new large-scale work, and also for the first time, etching, whose characteristics facilitate representations of veils of rain encroaching from a distance. O’Dowd’s representations appear sublime in addressing expanses of time and space, but they are rooted in an acute awareness of contemporary events and concerns that express or threaten the pristine power evoked in her imagery.” 

Dr. Yvonne Scott, Director, Triarc (Trinity College Irish Art Research Centre)

 

Studio images, photo credit Hannah Levy

Selected press, for this exhibition:

Winter edition of the Irish Arts Review, 2017, essay by Dr. Yvonne Scott

Winter edition of the Irish Arts Review, 2017, essay by Dr. Yvonne Scott

The Irish Times, Saturday 18th Nov, 2017, Aidan Dunne, 'The best art shows this week', in The Ticket & Friday 17th Nov,  Deirdre Falvey, 'Your guide to going out and staying in this weekend', The Culture Section.

The Irish Times, Saturday 18th Nov, 2017, Aidan Dunne, 'The best art shows this week', in The Ticket & Friday 17th Nov,  Deirdre Falvey, 'Your guide to going out and staying in this weekend', The Culture Section.

Opening night, photo credit Gintaras Varnagys

Gallery Opening Hours:

Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday & Sunday: Closed

tel: + 353 (0)1 679 8021

email: gallery@graphicstudiodublin.com