Imagination and visual storytelling celebrated in show at Luan Gallery

Albin Parle Fahlin with PJ Lynch

Albin Parle Fahlin with PJ Lynch

Luan Gallery has opened its winter 2016 exhibition to great aplomb. Without the Words is a group touring exhibition featuring the works of Illustrators Ireland members and is a celebration of the brightest talents of Irish illustration today.

The show continues through the Christmas period at Luan Gallery until January 27. Works by established and high-profile illustrators are shown together with works by their emerging talented peers to create a celebration of visual storytelling inspired by a line from Emily Dickinson’s much-loved poem: Hope is the Thing with Feathers.

Illustrators Ireland is a community of professional illustrators working together to actively promote the craft and art form that is illustration. Members offer a wealth of combined experience and amongst those exhibiting include current Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, former Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey, and 2016 CBI Book of the Year nominee, Lauren O’Neill. With 45 members’ work on exhibition, visitors are invited to find their own narratives within the original works.

Carmel Duffy, Luan Gallery manager, said: “Luan Gallery is the Midlands municipal gallery and was developed in direct response to the lack of provision for professional artists to show their work here in the heart of Ireland. Since first opening our doors in November 2012 we have shown exhibitions including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, film, stained glass, and graphic art, and we are now delighted to present our first exhibition dedicated solely to illustration in association with Illustrators Ireland.”

The show combines computer-generated imagery with traditionally executed drawings to present an assortment of colourful scenes and images to ignite imagination and discussion.

The exhibition continues at Luan Gallery until January 27.

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