Exhibition – The Blasket Island. New sculpture and paintings by Hans Blank and Vincent Crotty
an exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by
Venue: Greenlane Gallery Dingle
Date: 31st of May – 7th July, 2008
Opening: Saturday 31st May at 7.00 pm by Tom Parlon
The Greenlane Gallery will showcase the work of two artists, painter Vincent Crotty and sculptor, Hans Blank who have long been committed to preserving the essence of the Island on canvas and in bronze, from its flora and fauna to the working lives of its former inhabitants.
While neither of these artists are local to the Dingle Peninsula (Crotty is based in Boston and Blank in the Netherlands) and while their styles are very different – Crotty tending to be more of a representational landscape and figurative artist and Blank working in a more abstract style creating larger than life sculptures of fishermen and their vessels, both have exhibited their Blasket inspired works around the world drawing attention to the Island and its unique place in Irish heritage.
Crotty’s oil paintings reveal a remarkable understanding of light, and with this ability he transforms everyday subject matter into images that are memorable and moving. As sightings of seals and dolphins off the Blasket coastline have been delighting visitors to Dingle this month, his painting of a Blasket Island seal revels in the wonderful playfulness of these creatures.
Hazy Summer Evening by Vincent Crotty
Boat and Stone by Hans Blank