“Christy Keeney studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London, and has also been commissioned by Sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi, and HRH Prince of Wales. His figurative ceramics is an investigation into the human condition, and his forms are stretched to the point where sculpture and drawing overlap.
After spending 17 years in London, Christy Keeney returned to his native Donegal where he is now resident. His Sculpted slab, built heads and figures, demonstrate a wonderful sense of artisan technique, as details are drawn into the wet clay surface.
Keeney’s passion for clay remains as strong as ever. As a student thirty years ago he was a fine artist who, after some coaxing from his foundation tutor, somehow found himself enrolled on the pottery degree course. He developed a liking for clay but found throwing limiting and, in search of his own direction, discovered the freedom of sculpting clay. Throughout his career, Keeney has maintained a belief that no matter what the circumstances, you pursue your purpose in life.
Keeney’s commitment to his work is surely the behaviour of one pursuing a positive end that is not common amongst those who agonise deeply. The anguish he portrays is the mask he wears to hide his optimism and hope. The power of this ancient material that can capture the emotions of the human psyche continues to speak to us in the modern world. This is the spirit that Christy Keeney’s ceramics invoke, and why his sculptures continue to inspire and fascinate.
The show is a collection of 15 paintings and 10 ceramics, the first exhibition in Dublin to show both Christy’s paintings and ceramics together. The figure is very evident in all of his work, and he tries to reflect the relationship we have with our environment. ”
‘I prefer not to place my own descriptive explanation on to the work, but rather That’ spectators might derive their own meaning.’ Christy Keeney
I’ve liked Keeney’s sculptures since discovering them via Doorway Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in London several years ago. I’d love to be in Dublin for this exhibition and would recommend it, if you happen to be in the Fair City next month.
“Ever since I came upon Nicholas Borden working at his easel in the snow on Vallance Rd in Bethnal Green a few years ago, I have been captivated by his painting. In a quietly subversive way, Nicholas has created his own distinctive way of viewing the city that entirely re-invents urban landscape painting. Sensitive to the spirit of place yet equally alive to the abstract and colourist potential of his subjects, his pictures possess a freshness of vision that is as unique as it is unexpected. Hardened by his years as a freshwater fisherman, he is curiously impervious to the English weather and you know that – like Joseph Mallord Turner or John Constable before him – each of these paintings is the outcome of a battle with the elements that Nicholas Borden won.”
Gallery: Grit And Glamour: Elizabeth Taylor Photo Exhibition
Getty Images Gallery, in collaboration with The Elizabeth Taylor Trust and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, have produced a major photographic exhibition to mark 30 years since the actress first began her leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
‘Man and Woman’ by Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze is pretty striking on its own – two towering human made out of metallic discs – but the installation becomes even more impressive when you realise the statues are moving.