This week sees the Atrium Exhibition space in the County Buildings, Mullingar feature an exciting new exhibition of paintings, prints, and etchings by Westmeath artist Patricia Kavanagh.
The exhibit is a striking mix of figurative and abstract work. The studies of the human figure seem to capture a gesture in a moment in time such as ‘Woman Dressing’, to the more studied poses such as ‘Seated Male’. Patricia is an abstract painter so these figure studies are a departure from her usual style. A painting such as ‘Firefly Summer’ is an abstract study and has influences from the works of artists such as Pollock.
Patricia studied art in Limerick School of Art & Design, and has participated in group shows such as EVA in Limerick, and Exhibition of Living Art, as well as galleries in Dublin.
Speaking of the work, Westmeath’s new county arts officer Miriam Mulrennan said, “There is a lovely rhythm to this exhibition, which takes us into the very personal and intimate style of Patricia’s work. The Atrium space is unique in that it is a quiet section of this very busy thoroughfare, with many hundreds of people passing through on a daily basis, and this cul-de-sac of regularly changing exhibitions offers an oasis, a respite of sorts, to the ‘busyness’ we all get so caught up in. I’m delighted Patricia approached the Arts office to bring her work here, undoubtably it benefits the artist, the audience, and in its own way - the living architecture of this building.”
Patricia Kavanagh’s show runs until August 30 in Westmeath County Council Buildings. It will be followed by a photographic exhibition by the Mullingar Camera Club, which features annually in the Atrium Exhibition’s calendar.