Flora

April 14th - May 2nd

Flora according to the Oxford Dictionary is the plants of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.

The Lavit Gallery has asked 9 artists for artworks responding to this theme and has chosen this time of year, with the first signs of growth which signal the promise of summer to stage this exhibition.

The exhibition will feature Jean Bardon, James English, Eadaoin Harding Kemp, Stephen Lawlor, Damaris Lysaght, Lars Nyberg, Eilis O' Connell, Jane O' Malley and Sarah Walker. The nine artists - five painters, two printmakers, one sculptor and one artist exhibiting both painting and printmaking all bring their own interpretation to the subject from the decorative and the wild to the analytical.

Jean Bardon says that her etchings are "informed by the ornamental qualities and boldness of botanical art". Her work is also influenced by the simplicity of Asian Art and the use of gold in early Renaissance paintings. Based in Dublin, Bardon has exhibited her prints extensively and was an invited artist at the 2014 RHA annual exhibition.

James English - Born and based in Dublin, English was elected a full member of the RHA in 2005 and won the RHA friends award in 2012. Known and greatly admired for his paintings of both landscapes and still life, his work can be found in public collections throughout the country. English is a regular exhibitor at the Lavit Gallery.

Eadaoin Harding Kemp - Born in Dublin, but moving to Cork at an early age, Harding Kemp subsequently moved to West Cork in 1981 where she has been living since. A past recipient of the Cork Arts Society Student of the Year Award ( 1977), she has been a regular exhibitor at the Lavit Gallery since. Her love of colour and texture is very evident in her paintings. She explains how she paints what she knows and loves, which is mostly surrounding her where she lives.

Stephen Lawlor is a printmaker and painter from Dublin. He was Chairman of Graphic Studio

Dublin from 2001 to 2005 and lectured at DLCAD, (now IADT) in printmaking & drawing

(1991-97). He has in the last few years completed residencies in both China and Sweden and has exhibited widely internationally. His prints illustrate his subtle colour and use of small scale while his paintings often combine this with

" an animated surface flecked with light" as Brian McAvera stated in one of his catalogues.

Damaris Lysaght - Originally from Doneraile in North Co. Cork, Lysaght has been based in West Cork since 2009 where the richness of colours, textures and light effects of the coastal environment inspire her work.. After studying fine art in both Cork and Dublin, She won an Italian government scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies in Florence with the renowned teacher of classical painting, Nerina Simi. Following 4 years here, she has been painting full time since and returned to Ireland in 1989.

Swedish born Lars Nyberg specialises in drypoint printmaking. In 2001 Nyberg received a commission from The Nobel Committee for Physiology & Medicine to make an edition for the Nobel prize award winner for that year. In 2004 he was awarded the Printmaking Today prize at the 5th British International Miniature Print Exhibition. His work is features in collections such as The British Museum, London;The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; and the collection of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf, Stockholm, Sweden;

Cork sculptor Eilis O' Connell will exhibit both sculpture and two dimensional work on this theme.

O' Connell is a founder director of the national sculpture factory in Cork, a former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, a member of Aosdana, and a member of the R.H.A. She has completed many public sculptures throughout Ireland and England an example of which is Reedpod a 13.5 meter sculpture in hand beaten copper and stainless steel for Lapps Quay, Cork.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Jane O' Malley lived and worked as part of the artist's community in St. Ives Cornwall for over twenty years , meeting her husband- the artist Tony O' Malley there and moving back to his native Kilkenny in 1990 where she has lived since. Bright saturated colour has always been a feature of her work, inspired from her travels to places such as the Bahamas and Lanzarote. Vases of flowers often with hints of domesticity and the surrounding landscaoe viewed from a window are common features in her work.From 1969 to 1990 she lived and worked as part of the artists' community in St. Ives, Cornwall where she met and then settled with her husband, the painter Tony O'Malley. From 1969 to 1990 she lived and worked as part of the artists' community in St. Ives, Cornwall where she met and then settled with her husband, the painter Tony O'Malley.From 1969 to 1990 she lived and worked as part of the artists' community in St. Ives, Cornwall where she met and then settled with her husband, the painter Tony O'Malley.

Dublin born but based on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork since 1991, Sarah Walker has exhibited widely and is known for her use of colour and texture. While much of her early work was inspired by travel, much of her work is now based on the environment in which she lives. Bogs and meadows have been a prominent feature in her work.

A preview of the exhibition will take place on April 14th from 5 - 7pm , with the exhibition running until May 2nd.