The Lavit was originally set up by a group of artists wanting to promote an interest in art in 1963. Currently, the gallery shows the work of over 400 artists, introducing many new artists to Cork audiences.  It is a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to promoting the work of local and national artists.

Current and upcoming shows

Patricia Burns, City Paintings

 

Patricia Burns, City Paintings

 

21st March –  20th April

 

The Lavit Gallery presents City Paintings by Patricia Burns.

In this body of new work Burns explores the parts of Cork city where she lives and works. Using these parts of the city she produces a series of paintings focusing on themes of home, yet contrasts that with the mystery and potential to be found in small places painted in a winter light.

There is a familiarity to these places, and yet, no distinct features of their location are immediately apparent. Composed of partial roof-tops, a tree, perhaps a telephone wire, Burns perfectly captures the feeling of walking home on a winter evening, from the glow of a streetlight to the chill in the air.

Born in Dublin, Patricia Burns studied Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology and Crawford College of Art + Design, Cork. Recent solo shows include November Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin (2014); Hinterland – The Glen Paintings, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford (2012) and Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (2011). Burns’ work is represented in corporate and private collections throughout Ireland and in the public collections of AIB Group, AXA Insurance, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, OPW / State Art Collection, and others. She lives and works in Cork city.

Digital Catalogue available here

 

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Maurice Desmond, New Work

Maurice Desmond, New Work

25th April – 11th May

The Lavit Gallery is delighted to showcase a selection of new work, from Cork based artist, Maurice Desmond.

 

Maurice Desmond is much possessed by a sense of the tragic. His last show Flanders Fields in 2012 consisted of a series of brooding and evocative paintings that captured the atmosphere of that doom-laden place. These were deathscapes rather than landscapes. In this new show he continues to engage with the bleaker aspects of human existence. The skies are still eerie and troubled, the earth is still reddened with redundance of blood. These are landscapes without a hint of the pastoral – they pulse with their dark and entombed memories. But Desmond has always believed that the saddest songs are the sweetest and that we find, as Nietzsche asserted, “metaphysical solace” in art and music through the contemplation of the tragic. We find this catharsis in Greek Tragedy, in the music of Mahler, and in Shakespeare’s King Lear. You might think recent work inspired by a visit to the haven of Gougane Barra would bring some harmony and solace to his vision. However what these new works indicate at best is the monumental implacability of nature – the stony indifference of the universe. While Desmond is now somewhat of an outsider on the art scene, he continues to create work that will endure beyond the current fads and fashions. – John P. O’ Sullivan

 

Maurice Desmond was born in Co. Louth and studied at the Limerick School of Art. He exhibited regularly at the Oireachtas shows and the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, where he won a first prize in 1969. Two decades later, he had three solo shows at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork in the 1980s. From early years painting nudes from his time on Sherkin Island and waterfalls in Monard Glen, over the years the palette has darkened and the subject matter has been refined to minute variations on a single theme. Critics have described his work as having a brooding presence and a classical feel.

He has participated in a vast number of group shows both nationally and internationally and solo shows in the Hallward Gallery in Dublin and the Vanguard in Cork. His work is included in major Irish collections including the Crawford Art Gallery, the University of Limerick, the Arts Council, the collection University College Cork and AIB collections.

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Ita Freeney, Outer Edges

Ita Freeney, Outer Edges

23rd May – 22nd June

The Lavit Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of works by artist, Ita Freeney. Outer Edges opens 23rd May and continues until Saturday 22nd June. An artist talk will take place in the gallery Saturday 8th June, 11.00am, all are welcome.

This exhibition of subtle atmospheric paintings includes a series of views out from or  towards  Glounthaune, Marino Point, Aghada, East Ferry, Cobh and Little Island – observed and studied at different times of day, in different seasons and from different vantage points. The block of buildings of Marino Point were of particular interest as their form changed constantly in different atmospheric conditions. Prominent lyrical, airy, ephemeral grey blue tones of sea and sky are contrasted and anchored by more graphic, vertical urban motifs.

EVENT

Art & Coffee:  Artists Talk

11.00am Saturday 8th June

 

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