nArRaTive: A Joe McNicholas Exhibition
Date: Feb 15th-3rd March
Place: St Peter's Cork
Tickets: Free Entry
St Peter’s is thrilled to welcome local artist Joe McNicholas to display a new collection of his artwork, “nArRaTive” , here in the Mezzanine Gallery from Feb 15th to 3rd March.
This will be the third exhibition in our local art series in the Mezzanine Gallery, and as ever the space is free of charge for all to engage with and enjoy.
Join us for the launch on Feb 15th from 6pm to meet the artist and see the fabulous musician John Spillane officially open the exhibition.
About the Exhibtion
“nArRaTive”wants to inspire the viewer to tell a story or two. Lofty ideals indeed. Come along and see if it works. Paintings range from portraits and crowd scenes, urban and abject landscapes, architectural and archaeological, political and history painting; littered with personal choices and symbolic subject matter. Some paintings shout and others are much quieter.
There will be over twenty paintings on show including many new works that have not been exhibited before. Included in these is a response to Pat McCabe’s ‘Sacrifice At Easter’, a Corcadorca Theatre Co. production that was staged in the Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street in the city. Fine Art quality prints of this and other selected work are also available. Another new work depicts a little boy holding a globe. Above his head are low relief sculptures, among which lies the tragically iconic image of Aylan Kurdi, a symbol of all the Syrians lost to today’s war.
‘An Irish Political Allegory’ will only be on exhibit for opening night. It has not been seen publicly since it made front-page news after being controversially censored from an exhibition in 2016. There are some sexually explicit images in this painting which may not be suitable for a younger audience.
Renowned singer songwriter, John Spillane will officially open the show at 6pm approx. on Thursday 15th. John is a beautiful storyteller, weaving narratives and contradictions for years from the streets and towns and the people who inhabit them. There will be food and drink with the chance of some music
About the Artist
Joe is an artist from Cork and has a BA in Fine Art from LIT School of Art & Design and an MA from NUI Galway. Since returning to Cork Joe has worked widely in the fields of visual art, theatre, film and arts management. He was a founding member of Sample-Studios in Former Govt. Buildings and worked with a large community of artists there for four years. Joe’s art made national news in 2016 when his group portrait of all Fianna Fáil Taoisigh, ‘An Irish Political Allegory’ was removed from an exhibition after being deemed ‘sexually explicit’. The national debate soon turned political. His last two theatre productions with Corcadorca are in the running for a total of seven awards at this years Irish Times Theatre Awards.