Making Faces | Katherine Boucher Beug & Mags Geaney

16 May – 08 June 2024. Opening reception Thursday 16 May 5.30-7.30pm

This exhibition brings together two artists who create images of people whilst resisting traditional portraiture through the erasure or disregarding of identities. Real people are their source material rather than their subjects. 

Katherine Boucher Beug, originally from Princeton, New Jersey has been working from her studio in West Cork since 1971. She completed a BA in English and Fine Art from Northwestern University in 1969 before going on to study two more years in Hamburg, Germany. The foundations of her work were established early; a thorough study of Joseph Alber’s ‘Interaction of Colour,’ a passionate dedication to drawing and consistent experimentation in private journals through writing, drawing, and collage. She often shows her journals as part of her solo shows, valuing the ‘raw,’ (the work behind the work) at least as much as the ‘cooked.’ A love of Artist Books led to her publishing ‘Flowers: the Book’ in 2021. In the introduction to this book, Gemma Tipton says, “Looking at the flower paintings and drawings is very much like a conversation with the the artist herself. You find unexpected ideas, sudden powerful thoughts, a confluence of delicacy and strength. You come away seeing the world in a way that is exciting and new. A window has been opened, and you wonder why you never saw that view before.”Surrounded by the West Cork landscape, near the sea, and working in the garden has had a constant though not always literal influence on her perception, her aesthetic and all aspects of the work.

Mags Geaney was born in Cork. She studied Fine Art painting at the Limerick College of Art and Design. She was awarded a MA by Research in Fine Art by the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2010. Solo exhibition’s include Penumbra (2019), Sternview Gallery, Tu Me Manques (2015), Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Fall (2011) Backwater Studio Gallery. Lucky (2010 ) video projection Culture night at Wandesford Quay courtyard. Vasalisas’s Journey (2004) was shown at the Lightboxes, Tom Barry’s.Tryst (2000) Tig Fili Gallery, Cork toured to Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee. Two person exhibition Crewel(2015) at the Lightboxes,  By Request (2010), Wandesford Quay Gallery. She has work in the Bank of Ireland Collection, Lithuania Art Museum and many private collections in Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and USA. She is the recipient of many awards including Art Flights from the Arts Council of Ireland, and residencies at the International Plein Air in Lithuania and in Berlin. She worked as Education officer at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast and implemented the Education Programme at the Crawford Gallery with the artist Una Quigley.