“Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.” David Bowie.
Join artist Konrad Pawlaszek, for an exhibition that features a series of contemporary paintings presenting the artists current view of his surroundings and circumstances, reflecting on 13 years of his life, lived in Northern Ireland.
The paintings express a love of nature and are catalysed by a movement away from human and social interaction as a focus point, that are caused by an increasingly hostile social climate and politically divisive situation here.
"Due to this increasingly hostile culture and narrowing worldview, my work represents a trip to the “other”; invisible worlds in my imagination, yet still connected with my reality. You can never separate yourself fully from the real world.
Our vision is impaired by barriers we teach ourselves, obscuring different aspects and experiences in favour of the routine, the expected, the learned viewpoint. With this collection, I have tried to catch my moments, thoughts and reflections unfiltered, and to inspire the viewers’ imagination and stretch their perceptions.
Mankind has always chased the limits of perception and altering of the mind to explain their situation, and accept their place in the world; be it through spiritual, meditative or hedonistic means. I have used these pieces to reconnect in a world that increasingly strips the humanity or individualism from life."
For more information about the artist visit: konradpawlaszek.com
The Crescent is delighted to welcome Mullan Gallery as they host John Behan’s Solo Sculpture Exhibition in his 80th Birthday year. It has been two years since his last solo exhibition in The Crescent when he filled the three rooms of the Art Gallery with magnificant bronze work.
Inspired by his extensive travel to far away places, Irish literature, poetry and in particular ‘The Tain’ Behan will exhibit a range of work to reflect his interests at home and abroad.
For further information visit MullanGallery.com
John Behan was born in Dublin in 1938 and studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He helped establish the Project Arts Centre in Dublin in 1967 and the Dublin Art Foundry.
Famous for many public, life sized sculptures such as the Famine Ship in the National Famine Memorial Park in County Mayo and ‘Arrival’ sited at the United Natiions Building in New York, Behan is firmly established as an artist of international repute.
He became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1990, and is also a member of Aosdána. He has shown with Mullan Gallery for over 16 years.
This June, The Crescent is delighted to welcome Brian Griffin as he presents POP, which is part of the Belfast Photo Festival.
For 10 years, from the late 1970's until the late 1980's, Brian Griffin was one of the photographers that record companies, band managers and groups approached to do their album covers, single bags and publicity.
For many photo-shoots they would journey into the dark hinterland of London's Docklands, a warren of litter strewn streets left to rot after the closure of the docks, to his studio.
Featured in this exhibition are both studio and location images from Brian’s personal collection, some of them rare vintage prints, all captured prior to the digital age, when you needed to be technically proficient and inventive as a photographer, whether it was twanging nicker elastic to create shafts of light or producing an album cover front, back plus inner sleeve for less than a pound.
Belfast Photo Festival
Launched in 2011, this major photographic event has been described as one of the "top ten photography festivals in the world" (Capture Magazine, 2016) and attracts upwards of 80 thousand visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest National and International contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public spaces. Capturing wide appeal through popular culture, accessible themes and unexpected encounters with photography, the festival aims to instil and inspire public enjoyment and participation by utilizing the most accessible artistic medium and bringing it to new audiences in cool and unusual ways.
The Belfast Photo Festival 2018 runs between the 1 - 30 June and the programme consistently addresses the political, social and cultural climate of Belfast, raising global issues and animating them through high caliber international photography.
The Festival consists of exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours.
For more information about the festival visit belfastphotofestival.com
The Crescent is delighted to welcome to the Gallery, Youtube sensation, LoreCraft!
On display will be a collection of life-size bust sculptures from the big screen. Expect to see characters, creatures, and villains from across the fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, and sci-fi genres displayed as true to as the original.
Every sculpt done by the artist, has been displayed online via his Youtube channel to great success and this is the very first exhibition of his work, to be seen by the public in person.
Expect to see villains from popular cinema, such as Game of Thrones’ “Night King”, and “Pennywise the Dancing Clown” from Stephen King’s “IT”, as well as Harry Potter’s “Dobby”.
Nicholas Brown is currently pursuing a Phd in Cognition and Culture at Queens University, Belfast.
He picked up the clay and the brushes only recently, but it’s become a passion. He created the YouTube channel LoreCraft, to display his works and has attracted tens of thousands of subscribers and many millions of views of his work on YouTube and other social media platforms.
For more information about the artist visit: lore-craft.com
Esther Brown is an international artist, who was born and raised in Japan and joins us in The Crescent Gallery for her latest exhibition that has been inspired by the concept of Eden.
Eden: an unspoilt natural paradise - a place that is elusive in our world, where habitats are constantly destroyed and species are endangered.
The artist draws the eye to the magnificence of birds by painting them as subjects of beauty and royalty in their own kingdoms.
Esther Brown completed a BA in Fine Art, worked as a print designer at Alexander McQueen and has won an award for her drawings. She works across mediums using oils, acrylics, spray paint and gold leaf to create depth and texture in her paintings.
We are delighted to welcome to The Crescent Gallery the talented Sharon Kelly as she presents Mind Fuel: an art project that has been inspired by endurance and ultra distance runners.
Focusing on athlete motivation; the emotional, mental and physical challenges, the artist interviewed a range of athletes, as well as bringing her own running experience to bear, in creating this multi-media work. Included in this exhibition will be work created as part of Sharon's engagement as Artist in Residence at the Belfast 24 HR Race, June 2018.
This innovative project brings together the artist's considerable art experience and passion for running as she explores the parallels between art and sport.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.