The finished pieces are gestural paintings tracing the land with the atmosphere of imagined places. They convey a great energy, the energy of exploration of the creative process, of hiding and revealing precious elements, of working to achieve
the ultimate balance or tension. The result is superb.
The work of Ross Stewart, a Kilkenny based artist, will intrigue you with layers, textures and hidden gems. Using limited palettes, natural hues and high contrast, Ross successfully finds that balance of opposites; calm versus chaos, light against dark, colour amid greys and conveys in it the emotion of the place. For this show, he specifically used studies of the Burren landscapes as starting points.Ross Stewart has exhibited across Ireland and the UK over the last 10 years and his work is held in public and private collections internationally. He has also worked as Art Director on the feature film ‘The secret of Kells’ due to be released this year by Cartoon Saloon/Buena Vista.
Ruth Molloy was born and grew up in Limerick and is currently based in Bristol in UK. She qualified and practiced as a Graphic Designer and worked in the television industry (RTE, ITV) for twenty years. On recently completing a masters degree in animation, Ruth decided her real love was painting and drawing and has been developing her skills as an artist over the last three years.This is her first exhibition, a truly achievement that will please and engage you. Thoughts and memories of this part of Ireland and in specific New Quay in the Burren, where she spend a lot of time every year, play the key role of her primal inspiration. Her way of paintings the west of Ireland landscape suggests imagined concepts, subconscious surges but always in a defined context. Her work does have an amazing atmospheric peaceful quality to it, due to a lovely interplay of light and texture and an extraordinary range of hues though with a limited pallet. Paint and and ink are applied over and over giving the image a sort of history as fragments of other images lie underneath. This is a great opportunity for you to visit the Russell Gallery in the wonderful setting of New Quay, on the seaside of the Burren, and experience this exquisite exhibition by Ruth Molloy and Ross Stewart. The gallery is open every day Mon to Sat 10-6 and Sundays 12-6. For further information contact the Russell Gallery,
New Quay, Burrin, Co. Clare.
Tel 065 7078185,