New paintings by renowned abstract artists on show in Bantry

Debbie Dawson: The Grove

The gallerist Catherine Hammond presents an exhibition of work by four abstract landscape painters: Tom Climent, Debbie Dawson, Carol Hodder and Bernie Masterson. ‘Neither Here Nor There’ opens on Friday, July 14 at the Marino Church in Bantry and runs until Saturday, August 12.

Each of these four artists use natural elements to depict their personal exploration of inner and outer landscapes. A sense of place is evident, yet deeply personal meanings, emotions or moods are central, as is the sheer pleasure of the physicality of paint and colour. Their work welcomes the viewers engagement and, in turn, their own interpretation.

Tom Climent is a remarkable colourist whose work offers a glimpse into an alternate dimension of beauty and majesty. Using intuition and internalised memory, he uses landscape as an accessible way into a painting of abstract, dreamlike forms and the play of brilliant colour combinations.

Debbie Dawson explores childhood memories of the land around her family’s home outside of Cork. Dawson is also a glass artist, and her sensitivity to light and colour is reflected in the translucency of her oil painting.

Carol Hodder paints from memory and intuition, creating poetically ambiguous, often dramatic images of imaginary locations. These are places are full of light and shadow, changing moods and weather.

Bernie Masterson’s paintings emerge from a personal interaction with the landscape, the environment, and nature as a whole. They express the essence of the Irish landscape, its shifting weather and the primacy of light.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. For further information, contact or phone 083 421 6252.

WCP Staff

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