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Martin Gale and Charles Tyrrell

Opening Saturday July 13th at 5pm

Presented by Fenton Projects, this exhibition will take place from July 13th until early September 2024. Bringing together new paintings by Irish artists Martin Gale and Charles Tyrrell, it will be an exhibition of stimulating contrasts. In an exciting pairing of these two artists and longtime friends, the exhibition will include new large-scale paintings from each.

Martin Gale is based in county Kildare. His paintings revel in observation and beautifully presented narratives of the Irish environment and people's presence in it. His is a detailed realism, where each painting could be a novella. His meticulously composed paintings often depict isolated figures - both human and animal - that, through the use of a dispassionate, almost clinical style, are strangely dislocated from their surroundings. Likewise, buildings sit uneasily in the landscape, though dilapidated and tumbled-down houses hint towards a reclamation of the rural from an attempt to suburbanise the lush fields and tangled hedgerows of the natural order.

Charles Tyrrell lives locally on the Beara peninsula where he paints formally considered, conceptually rigorous, abstract paintings and drawings. Tyrrell’s early large-scale canvases were originally influenced by the work of American abstract expressionists. Always engaged with abstraction, his painting comes from a minimalist starting point and, leaving room for the intuitive, builds towards work that reaches out and resonates. Grids, a near-constant presence, have always been an absolute impartial structure within his work. More recently instead of considering the grid as underpinning, he takes the grid head on, making it centre stage.

For both, Taylor Galleries in Dublin has been their main base for regular solo exhibitions. When the Fenton Gallery was present in Cork during the 2000s, they were both regular exhibitors.This exhibition gives an opportunity in the region to again look at these two exciting artists - almost 15 years later. It also presents this right in the heart of west rural Ireland, where even the largest scale of Tyrrell's current big vertical abstracts can be accommodated here in the gallery on the waterfront of Castletownbere pier.

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