GENERATION 2022: Butler Gallery

I’m delighted to be featured in this painting exhibition at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. The opening takes place 5-7pm on the 23rd April. The exhibition runs until the 10th July.

Butler Gallery is pleased to present GENERATION2022: New Irish Painting, a celebration of painting and of painters at work in Ireland today.

The exhibition is curated by Butler Gallery Director Anna O’Sullivan and includes the following eclectic group of 26 artists:

Helen Blake | Miranda Blennerhassett | Peter Bradley | Diarmuid Breen | Megan Burns | Serena Caulfield | Susan Connolly | Cecilia Danell | Mollie Douthit | Stephen Doyle | Gabhann Dunne | David Eager Maher | Fiona Finnegan | Deirdre Frost | Philip Gerald | Brian Harte | Sinead Lucey | Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh | Róisín O’Sullivan | Jane Rainey | Sheila Rennick | Ciara Roche | Emma Roche | Salvatore of Lucan | Jennifer Trouton | Marcel Vidal

The works on view reflect a diversity of approach to picture making, from abstraction to figuration, to representational work embracing landscape and portraiture. Some paintings are incorporated into installations on the wall, some are free-standing in the middle of the gallery, but mostly the works are two-dimensional explorations of a variety of the passions, issues and concerns of the individual artists.

www.butlergallery.ie

Parklife – The Glucksman

Labrador Tea – Cecilia Danell

Parklife: Biodiversity in Contemporary Irish Art

8th April – 10th July 2022. The Glucksman, Cork, Ireland.

Amber Broughton, Miriam de Búrca, Kari Cahill, Michael Canning, Cecilia Danell, Rachel Doolin, Gabhann Dunne, Martin Gale, Sean Hanrahan, Martin Healy, Peter Nash, Meadhbh O’Connor

Curated by the Glucksman curatorial team: Fiona Kearney & Chris Clarke.

Parklife presents the work of Irish artists who consider the biodiversity of the world around us, looking at how different forms of life thrive in the urban realm as well as in more remote environments. 

The selected works range from detailed drawings of the various species of animals that make their home on the UCC campus to photographic studies of birds and plants that bring contemporary resonance to the pioneering work of Karl Blossfeldt on display in our Sisk gallery. The exhibition features a series of paintings of the Scots Pine, one of Ireland’s three native coniferous trees as well as research investigations into the ways in which communities are conserving seeds to protect food crops for future generations.

https://www.glucksman.org/exhibitions/parklife

RHA Hennessy Craig Award 2022

I’m really delighted to be the recipient of the 2022 Hennessy Craig Award for painting at the RHA, Dublin. The award exhibition, featuring 10 shortlisted painters, continues until the 27th March.

The Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts is delighted to announce that the Hennessy Craig Award 2022 has been awarded to Cecilia Danell.

Bequest of the estate of Patrick Hennessy and Henry Robertson Craig.

The Hennessy Craig Award, in memory of H. Robertson Craig RHA and Patrick Hennessy RHA, was created through a generous bequest to the Academy by Henry Robertson Craig and the terms under which it is awarded are those specified in his will. The Award is open to any painter under the age of thirty-five exhibiting in the open submission section of the Academy’s Annual Exhibition. The painter must have studied at a recognised art college on the island of Ireland.

The Hennessy Craig Award is made on a biennial basis cumulating with an exhibition of short-listed artists, every two years, at which the recipient of the award will be announced.

In 2020, the Hennessy Craig jury shortlisted five eligible artists from the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition and an additional five artists have been shortlisted from the 191st RHA Annual Exhibition in 2021 and the recipient will be announced during the exhibition.

Shortlisted artists:

2020

Chanelle Walshe, Cecilia Danell, Tom McLean, Niamh Porter, Jane Rainey

2021

Eileen O’Sullivan, Ciara Roche, Fiach McGuinne, Owen de Forge, Sarah Wren Wilson

Each artist is invited to exhibit two new works and although considerate of the work submitted, the award will be made based on the overall practice of the artist. This exhibition will offer an unparalleled opportunity to view and for the discernible collector a chance to purchase, the very best work by some of Ireland’s most exciting young painters working today.

The Artist’s Well

The Artist’s Well is an hour long weekly programme live at 10am on Saturday mornings via Zoom and subsequently archived on The Artist’s Well YouTube Channel. It provides viewers with an insight into the lives, work spaces and work practices of Artists around the world in order to inspire and support each other.

The Artist’s Well is a non-scripted, informal interview and studio tour format with the opportunity for viewers to ask questions at the end. The Artist’s Well is hosted by founder Alan Keane and participation is by invitation / recommendation only.

Each programme is archived on the Artist’s Well Youtube channel.

A Strange Familiar Place – book

The opening of my exhibition at Burren College of Art on the 28th October also marked the launch of a publication on my work published by Kevin Kavanagh. The 48 page hardcover publication is designed by Peter Prendergast with a text by Cristín Leach and acts as a summary of my work of the past four years. It’s supported by Centre Culturel Irlandais and printed by art book specialists Cassochrome.

The book is available for purchase from the Contact section of this website, from Kevin Kavanagh in Dublin and will also be available from Temple Bar Gallery during the Dublin Art Book Fair (25th November – 5th December) online and in person.

Mise en scène – Cecilia Danell and Eamon O’Kane

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

17th September – 31st October 2021

Centre Culturel Irlandais is delighted to present Mise en scène, a joint exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptural works by Swedish artist Cecilia Danell, who is based in Ireland, and Denmark-based Irish artist Eamon O’Kane. Both explore encounters with landscape. Their approaches upend romantic notions of nature as untended wilderness by drawing attention to human activity, be it in the shape of decaying remnants, architectural constructions or treasured trees. Places become imbued with artifice in a dialectic relationship with the environment which these works represent in all their theatricality.

Irish Culture Night 17 September,
5.30pm: Artist Talk
6.30 – 8pm Opening reception
8pm Gig in the courtyard with Cecilia Danell’s band A Lilac Decline (featuring Cecilia Danell, Brian Kelly and Keith Wallace)

Exhibition from Saturday 18 September – Sunday 31 Oct 2021
https://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/en/agenda/category/exhibitions-visual-arts

RHA Annual Exhibition Award winner and shortlist

I’m really delighted to be the recipient of the ESB Moran Award and Silver Medal for an Outstanding Artwork in the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition. The award is kindly sponsored by ESB Networks Ireland in memory of painter Sean Keating.


In the Birch Plantation, oil and acrylics on canvas, 95×130 cm, 2019.

I am also honoured to be one of five shortlisted artists for the RCSI Art Award in association with the Irish Times. Past winners of the award include Remco de Fouw (2016), Miranda Blennerhasset (2017), Amelia Stein (2018) and Mary A Kelly (2019). I am shortlisted alongside Dominique Crowley, Colin Martin RHA, John Rainey and Niamh Smith. The award winner will be announced in December. The RCSI Art Award was established in 2016 to celebrate the common heritage of RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) and the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) and the long-standing association between art, medicine and well-being.

Link to view the RHA annual exhibition online: 190th RHA Annual Exhibition viewing room

Arts Council acquires ‘The Octopus Salt Lick’ for their collection

I am delighted to announce that the Arts Council of Ireland have recently acquired ‘The Octopus Salt Lick’ from my August solo exhibition at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery for the Arts Council Collection. www.artscouncil.ie. The Arts Council Collection has been acquiring exceptional works of Irish art for 58 years and counting. It is one of the most important collections in Ireland. Because the Arts Council aims to support artists as well as engage the public, all of the pieces are being collected while the artists are still alive and working.


‘The Octopus Salt Lick’ – oil and acrylics on canvas, 120×120 cm, 2019.

Swab Barcelona Art Fair 1st – 15th October 2020


Kevin Kavanagh presents Cecilia Danell, Diana Copperwhite and Vanessa Donoso-Lopez.

Swab Virtual Edition 2020 www.swab.es

The protection of Swab participants is our top priority, and therefore, exploring formats and ways to respond to the new reality, we proudly present an exclusively digital edition.

Swab has created a 3D virtual environment through which visitors can walk the corridors of the Italian Pavilion as if they were at the physical event, and can do so through any mobile device or computer, without having to leave home. Immersive technology and artistic quality are two of the distinctive qualities of this new edition which, from October, will be accessible to everyone via a free, international App.

At the same time, for the second consecutive year, Swab will have online coverage of Artsy, which will present the artistic proposals of the edition on its digital platform.

As this is an extraordinary edition, Swab 2020 will be held over two weeks, from 1 to 15 October 2020, and up to 70 international galleries will take part.

I set a Bait for the Unknown – Kevin Kavanagh (solo exhibition)

‘The Light Falls’ – oil and acrylics on canvas, 130×170 cm, 2019.
6th – 29th August, Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm.
The artist will be present in the gallery from 12-7pm on Thursday the 6th August.

Cecilia Danell’s paintings are organic, magically playful and densely rich; however, they are also curiously geometric and linear, working off layers of constructed plains and improvised riffs. The artist understands the weight of colours and their manual application. She has been experimenting with different coloured grounds, underpainting the canvas in washes of pink, blue and green. These ghosts of colour infiltrate the atmosphere and character of her depicted scenes. Here and there, we observe references to photography, echoing the distortion of snapshots, demarked by blue borders. Moreover, there is a filmic quality to her paintings, as if she is using the richly saturated hues of early Technicolor to destabilise ‘the real’. Like celluloid film, coated with a light-sensitive gelatin emulsion, Danell’s painted layers find joy in the luminous material properties of oil paint. Diluted mineral spirits seep downward and into the warp of the canvas, resisting sections of thick impasto, rendered in seemingly effortless brushstrokes. Pushing the paint around, wet on wet, occasionally hard and dry, she senses the paint itself, its plasticity, flow and reticence, as it changes from pigment to pigment. Rather than building up the composition in full layers, she works on small sections, preserving and abstracting the drips, with this dappled under-painting becoming another colour map. Borders mark the interrelationship of colour and form, revealing contractions that echo the artist’s deep reading of place. Danell has the confidence in her work to make seemingly counterintuitive decisions. She is making new discoveries as she proceeds, and these are evident in her painting.
Extract from the text ‘I set a Bait for the Unknown’ by Sarah Searson.

Recent exhibitions include:’In a Landscape’ (solo) at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Dublin (2019), ‘Winter Wanderer’ (solo) at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2019), ‘Futures – Series 3 Episode 2’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Dublin (2018), BEEP Painting Biennial, Swansea, UK (2018), ‘The Last Wilderness’ (solo) at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon IE (2017) and Galway Arts Centre IE (2017). Residencies include Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2020) and the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway (2016). She was a 2017 recipient of the Arts Council Next Generation Award and has received several Arts Council Bursaries and Project Awards as well as the Visual Artists Ireland & Suki Tea Art Prize (2019) and the Wexford Arts Centre Emergence Award (2011). A publication on Danell’s work with an essay by Sue Rainsford was launched in March 2017. Her work is represented in the collections of the Office of Public Works, Trinity College Dublin, Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare, Wexford County Council, Galway County Council and Motala Municipal Council, Sweden as well as private collections in Ireland, UK, Sweden and Norway.


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Our Choice Our World – Dunamaise Arts Centre

‘Our Choice Our World’ opened in Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise Co. Laois on Friday 4th of October. The exhibition was curated by young students of 5th and 6th class from Scoil Bhride Primary School in Mountrath Co. Laois. These young creatives selected art works from Kevin Kavanagh’s new Store Room feature on the gallery’s website. There was great discussion and debate before the students came to their final selection. Topics of interest included landscape, place, animals and the environment and this is reflected throughout the exhibition.
The exhibition runs until the 9th November.

Thanks to Dunmaise Arts Centre, Laois Arts Office and Creative Ireland Laois for funding the exhibition and making the project possible.

Selected Artists: Dermot Seymour, Stephen Loughman, Paul McKinley, Kathy Tynan, Nevan Lahart, Ulrich Vogl, Cecilia Danell, Oliver Comerford, Diana Copperwhite, Paul McKinley, Sonia Shiel, Robert Armstrong and Michael Boran.


‘January Stream’ Cecilia Danell.

Skylight 47 poetry magazine

I was recently invited by the editors of West of Ireland-based poetry magazine Skylight 47 to be featured artist for issue 12 of the magazine and I was very happy to accept. It was launched on the 8th September and features my painting ‘Inside a Shadow’ on the front and back cover as well as a few more of my paintings throughout the magazine. Issues are on sale through their website and are also available from Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway and Books Upstairs, Dublin.

Centre Culturel Irlandais & Arts Council

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded a 2 month residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and The Visual Artists Ireland Suki Tea Art Prize which funds the residency. I can’t wait to live and work in the centre of Paris and view lots of art. Thank you to Centre Culturel Irlandais, Suki Tea and Visual Artists Ireland for the opportunity!
https://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/en/residencies/artistes-en-residence/annonces


“Visual Artists Ireland and Suki Tea are delighted to announce Cecilia Danell as the winner of this years Suki Tea Art Prize.

As winner of the Suki Tea Art Prize Cecilia will have a two month, fully-funded, artist residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, including flights, accommodation, studio space, a monthly stipend, and superb networking opportunities. The prize aims to provide artists with an opportunity to respond to a new environment and develop new work.”
https://visualartists.ie/news/vai-news/cecilia-danell-wins-vai-suki-tea-art-prize-2019/


I’m also very happy to have been awarded a 2019 Bursary from the Irish Arts Council which will fund my work for the coming year. I look forward to getting stuck into new work and research after a busy few months of exhibitions and am very grateful for the support!

Island Life – Westport

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery offsite.

25TH October – 25th November 2018
Custom House Studios & Gallery
Westport Quay
Co.Mayo

A conversation with some of the artists will be held on Thursday the 25th October at 5.30pm.

Sonia Shiel, Nevan Lahart, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Kathy Tynan, Aileen Murphy, Marcel Vidal, Stephanie Deady, Stephen Loughman, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Cecilia Danell, William O’Neill, Pat Byrne, Salvatore of Lucan, Robert Armstrong, Mark Swords, Dermot Seymour, Julia Dubsky and Joe Scullion.

Island Life will have it’s second outing later this month in Custom House Studios Gallery, Westport. The exhibition will include some new works by previously exhibited artists as well as the addition of Nevan Lahart, Aileen Murphy, Dermot Seymour, and Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

Painting exists in an increasingly sophisticated visual world that sometimes seems to have a diminishing interest in the possibilities of paint. Island Life is concerned with the idea that, within the medium of paint there are opportunities for the individual to question the situation we live in and the resources we share. The paintings in this exhibition address the human condition and each of the artists suggests the capacity of the medium of paint to encompass both personal and universal concerns.

BEEP Painting Biennial

I’m delighted to have been selected to exhibit in the 2018 Beep Painting Prize exhibition at Swansea College of Art, Wales. Part of the city-wide Beep painting Biennial. Judges for this year’s prize show were Andrew Stitt and Sue Williams. Launched in 2012, beep (biennial exhibition of painting) is a contemporary painting prize drawing artists from all over the world. Beep supports imaginative and vibrant practice in contemporary painting & returns with an expanded programme of satellite painting led exhibitions, residencies and symposiums around the main prize show in partnership with Swansea galleries and educational organisations.

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Summer Group Exhibition 2018
5th – 28th July
Opening Reception Thursday 5th July at 6pm

Sonia Shiel, Kathy Tynan, Marcel Vidal, Mark Swords, Salvatore of Lucan, Joe Scullion, Robert Armstrong, Julia Dubsky, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Pat Byrne, Stephen Loughman, Cecilia Danell, William O’Neill and Stephanie Deady

Island Life comprises work by artists who are making and showing paintings at the moment. It is intended as a celebration of where painting is at now in Ireland, with a mixture of emerging and more established artists.

Painting exists in an increasingly sophisticated visual world that sometimes seems to have a diminishing interest in the possibilities of paint. Island Life is concerned with the idea that, within the medium of paint there are opportunities for the individual to question the situation we live in and the resources we share. The paintings in this exhibition address the human condition and each of the artists suggests the capacity of the medium of paint to encompass both personal and universal concerns.

Narrating Self, translating the Other


Image: ‘Summer Finds’ – Cecilia Danell

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present a group exhibition featuring artists from Engage Arts Studios

Maeve Curtis, Simon Daly, Cecilia Danell, Deirdre Deegan, Brenda Flannery, Noelle Gallagher, Michelle Hill, Séamus Keane, Hilary Morley, Angela O’Brien, Ilaria Pellizzaro, Jane Queally, Avi Ratnayake, Vicky Smith, Ruby Wallis

Opening 6pm Friday 5 April 2018
Gallery 1, Galway Arts Centre
Until 19th April.

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present works by artists from Engage Art Studios Galway. The exhibition is a snapshot of current studio practices, research themes and experiments in medium by 15 of the 25 members of the studios, located in Middle St and Francis St in Galway City.
While each artist has an individual practice and set of processes, they are interested in the nature of creating artworks in an age of mass image-based media where often time the image that represents an event, person or place becomes its own entity with its own truth and value, separate from reality and original source.

www.engageartstudios.com

The Hermione Exhibition 2018

I’m delighted to have been invited to show work in the annual Hermione Exhibition at Alexandra College, Dublin for the third year in a row. It is curated by Aisling Prior and the line-up is great, so go and see it if in Dublin!



I’m showing two paintings, one of them being the brand new: ‘On Falling’ – Oil and acrylics on canvas, 45×60 cm, 2018.