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Achill Notes

Runs until 18 March 2018

Custom House Studios are pleased  to host  an exhibition of  new drawings entitled Achill Notes, by Michael Wann opening  Friday  February 23rd  at  6.30  pm  with  guest speaker Hughie O'Donoghue  RA,     at  the  Custom House Studios  Gallery, The Quay, Westport. Co Mayo.     Exhibition runs  until  18th   March  2018.


Achill Notes.  An exhibition of new drawings by Michael Wann based on a two week residency the artist spent at the Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill, Co. Mayo in April of 2017. This new body of work is a visual record of the ever-changing drama of weather as seen on Achill Island. The drawings can be also be seen as preoccupations on studio practice, on the act of looking and experience, and on the murky questions of pictorial representation that arise in the process of making. Within the chosen medium of charcoal and water lies a myriad confusion of mark-making, a wide and versatile imperfection of process. A 'void' of doubt. It is in the smudge and drip and simple dirt of the medium itself that there is both vital and flawed elements of mark-making, where the spontaneous and accidental become of equal importance to the rational and intentional. Process here can be loosely interpreted as the search for where these varying marks and gestures converge in the making of a landscape, in an attempt to capture the 'physicality' of weather changing and unfolding in any given moment on Achill Island.


Michael Wann is an award winning drawing-based artist currently in residence at The Model Studios, Sligo. He was awarded the AXA Insurance Drawing Prize at the RHA in 2006, and in 2010 Hughie O'Donoghue selected his work for the Tom Caldwell Drawing Prize and the Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy at the RUA. He was awarded the ESB Sean Keating Award and Silver Medal at the 186th RHA Annual Exhibition in 2016. His work forms part of public and private collections in Ireland, U.K., France, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.