Current Exhibitions

‘Contemplating the Ineluctable’ – Brian Bourke
with new sculpture by Tim Morris

Custom House Studios + Gallery, with Westival 2021, are pleased to host an exhibition of Brian Bourke’s paintings along with new sculpture by Tim Morris.  The exhibition will open at 18:00 on Thursday 21st October, with Guest Speaker Patricia Noone, and will run every day until 14th November.

Ineluctable Blue 4, mixed media on paper, 53 x 45 cm.

Ineluctable Blue
Self in garden holding a rectangle of blue. No two blues are alike. A subconscious challenge to the viewer.

The Beehive Garden
A small overgrown space of ancient apple trees which was once a very well kept apiary, and locally still goes by the name Beehive Garden.

Brian Bourke was born in Dublin in 1936. Mostly self taught, except for brief periods in N.C.A.D. and St.
Martin’s School of Art in London, he was later based in Dublin, with periods of working in Upper
Bavaria and Switzerland. He was a founder member of the Independent Artists and a member of the
Graphic Studio. He set up life drawing classes with Michael Farrell in Trinity College Arts Society which
continue to this day. In 1975 he moved to Co. Kilkenny and Co.Clare, finally settling in Galway, with
periods of work in Andalucia, Extremedura, Denmark and Manhattan, New York.

He works mostly in long series, examples being ‘Women Giving Birth to Men’, ‘Don Quixote’, ‘Sweeney
Astray’, Manhattan Vertigo’, Didi, Gogo and the Two Thieves’, ‘Frau Stutz’s Cherry Tree’ and series of
portraits as in ‘Jay with Basque Hat’.

He was chosen to represent Ireland in both the Biennale de Paris and the Lugano Exhibition of Graphics.
In the same year he won the Arts Council prize for portraiture and then in 1967, won the first prize in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art competition.

A regular exhibitor at the Dawson and Taylor Galleries in Dublin, and at art galleries in Switzerland,
England, Ireland, Norway and America, his paintings were included in the Delighted Eye, Hibernian
Inscape, and ROSC exhibition in 1980. In 1985 the Sunday Independent newspaper named him Artist of
the Year, and in 1993 he received the O’Malley Award from the Irish-American Cultural Institute. In
1991 he was appointed artist-in residence at the Becket Festival at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, while his
accompanying works appeared at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.

In 1988 he had a major retrospective exhibition ‘Brian Bourke; Twenty five years’ at the Royal Hospital,
Kilmainham and another in 2010, ‘Brian Bourke; Five decades’ for the Galway Arts Festival in the
Fairgreen Gallery, Galway. This was accompanied by an art book of the same title.
Brian Bourke’s paintings appear in many important collections throughout Ireland and worldwide.
He is an honorary member of R.H.A and an elected member of Aosdana.

Tim Morris was born in Wicklow in 1965. He served his apprenticeship as stonecutter with Roe and O’Neill’s granite quarry from 1980-84. From 1985-1987 Tim studied under the American Sculptor Robert Schoen at his studio in Carrara, Italy. Tim works form his studio/foundry in Foxford.

Solo exhibitions: 1990 Work from Furnace, Temple Bar Galleries / 1995 Pawn’s Day Out, Jo Rain Gallery, Dublin / 1999 New Works in Bronze, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar / 2000 Clusters, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin / 2004 Meltdown, Norman Villa Gallery, Galway / 2004 Metropolis, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar / 2007 Urban Landscapes, Norman Villa Gallery, Galway / 2012 Riding Pillion with Ballard, Taylor Galleries, Dublin / 2015 War, Taylor Galleries, Dublin.
Collaborations: 1991Debacle, Head Gallery, Dublin / 1992 The Colour of Your Money,  RHA, Dublin / 1993 The butcher has gone off his bed, Ormond Multi Media Centre, Dublin, / 1996 Portraits, Galway Arts Centre / 2007 Urban Landscape, with Brian Bourke – Taylor Galleries./ 2021 Recycled by most, Slept on by many Éire 2021 – with  Brian Bourke, Custom House Studios + Gallery, Westport.
Selected Group Exhibition: 2003 Tulca, Galway / 2004 & 2005 Norman Villa Gallery Galway / 2005 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar / 2016 Invited RHA, Dublin / 2016 & 2017 Richard Scott Sculpture exhibitions, Ballymaloe, Cork.
Commissions: Graffito Head, Ballina Co Mayo / 1999 The Flyer, Bohola Co Mayo.
Awards: 1989 / 1994 Arts Council of Ireland  / 1998 – Mayo County Council.
Publications: 2000 Arts West Issue no. 67 / Irish Times, Aidan Dunne That was then this is now.
Film: 1992 State of the Art, Araby Productions for RTE. / 1994 The Admiral Brown Project for RTE.

“The War Room” – Mick O’Dea

Custom House Studios + Gallery, with Westival 2021, are pleased to host an exhibition of Mick O’Dea’s paintings.  The exhibition will open at 18:00 on Thursday 21st October, with Guest Speaker James Hanley, and will run every day until 14th November.

“June 21st 1921, 11.45pm”, Acrylic on canvas, 190×250 cm.

Mick O’Dea is a painter and sculptor living and working in Ireland. The War Room is based on work he has been doing over the past 10 years on the War of Independence.

Past President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, a member of Aosdána, an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy, a Fellow of the Anatomical Society, Chairman of the Stamp Design Advisory Committee for An Post and a past member of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland.

His work is included in a number of Public and Corporate Collections including The National Gallery of Ireland, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Limerick City Gallery, Cēsis History and Art Museum, Latvia, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, The University of Limerick, Cork Institute of Technology, Glucksman Ireland House New York University, The National Concert Hall, Government Buildings and Leinster House, Belfast City Hall, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, St Patrick’s Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital, Jury’s Hotel Group, and Doyle Collection Hotels.

In addition Mick’s work is featured in many private collections in Europe the United States and Asia.

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