Appropriation is a long-established strategy in modern, post-modern  and contemporary painting. The desire to ‘revamp’, ‘re-mix’ or ‘re-orchestrate’ a masterpiece of old is as complex as it is interesting. Picasso’s appropriations of ElGreco were both a way of identifying with the Baroque master and his greatness, and colonising that greatness. […]

Art…what does that mean again? When I started researching definitions of art, I quickly realised that I was entering a minefield. It appears to be extremely contentious, which is astonishing when you consider that art has been made for thousands of years. Surely, I was thinking, there is something universal, […]

Run by artists for artists, Working Artist Studios (WAS) in Ballydehob is a professional gallery and arts organisation providing an inviting, inspiring, creative space, not just for artists, but for art lovers and the local community. Founded in Skibbereen in 2000, WAS has since been dedicated to the support of […]

Working in the Clonakilty Arts Centre feels like how I imagine an old ship to be; the floorboards creak and the roof sags like sails in a lull; the walls between rooms are patched and paper thin, pigeon feathers waft through old windows and the dim light articulates dust as […]

Everything in our world is cyclic. Like the seasons modes of human expression revolve, recapitulate, renew. The greatest fallacy of the contemporary art world is that art is on a constant path of ‘progress’, via radical deconstruction and conceptual evolution. But art is not technology. It is not a laptop […]

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