THE GREENLANE GALLERY CELEBRATES DINGLE’S FEILE NA BEALTAINE WITH
Venue: Greenlane Gallery Dingle
Date: 3rd of May, 2008 at 7pm
Opened by Pauline McLynn
From Saturday 3 May 2008, The Greenlane Gallery, Holy Ground, Dingle will host an exhibition of the works of artist, Rebecca McLynn and sculptress, Fidelma Massey. Appropriately titled ‘Renewal’ this exhibition forms part of the Dingle Penninsula’s biggest arts festival, Feile na Bealtaine, an old Celtic celebration that welcomed in the summer and all that it represents. The exhibition will be opened by actress Pauline McLynn, a sister-in-law of Rebecca’s, and a major supporter of the arts.
Drawing inspiration from Western sculpture, as well as Eastern and Classical mysticism, Fidelma Massey is on strong form with her new collection which is full of creatures both strange and familiar and where fusions between human, animal and plant forms resonate with the interconnectedness of all life. The female form is central to Massey’s work “My female goddess images relate to the Sheela-na-Gigs of our Celtic past, but are not intended to be frightening or repulsive the way the Sheelas are” says Massey. “They very obviously deal with sexuality but are an expression of joy and the physical feeling of lightness and expansion which joy brings.”
Living in London, Rebecca McLynn visits the west coast of Ireland on a regular basis and her paintings are inspired by the wild, remote landscapes that she finds there; changing, evolving, beautiful and solitary. Her vision is always from a distance and her unique method of painting which combines oil, wax and marble dust either on linen or board creates a unique misty, 3-dimensional perspective.