Cormac Boydell: New Work

July 12th to August 6th, 2018 at the O’Driscoll Bldg near the river in the centre of Skibbereen.

Opening reception:  Friday, July 13,  6 – 8 pm

Cormac Boydell contributes an exciting new group of ceramic plates that feature themes of Ireland’s elemental landscape and mythology.

In making his work, Boydell uses no tools, relishing instead the direct contact between hands and the clay.  He uses a terracotta clay chosen because of the beauty of its orangey colour which is the perfect background to the colours he works with.  His understanding of the glazes that he makes himself can be described as an alchemy of bright, brilliant results.  His drawing style animates each work with a rhythmic energy.

Boydell was born in Dublin 72 years ago and worked as a geologist before moving to Allihies, on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, in 1972. He has been working full-time in ceramics since 1983 and is considered one of Ireland’s most important ceramicists.  He is represented in numbers private collections and in public collections including: the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin; the Ulster Museum, Belfast; the National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick; the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.

The show runs until Monday, August 6th.  The exhibition is open Monday – Friday 11 – 5 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 4.

Below are images of most of the work in the show.  To get information on dimensions and price, click on the thumbnails.