Detail from Landline Gray (2015) by Sean Scully (see full work below). Collection of the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, copyright the artist

Sean Scully’s Landline paintings link minimalism to northern European romanticism

View of eastern side of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus (715 CE). Photograph: Stephennie Mulder

Stephennie Mulder aims to expand the usual ‘European story’ and outlook on art history

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day (detail) by Fergus FitzGerald

Fergus FitzGerald, Martin Redmond, Robert Armstrong, Siobhan McDonald, Stephen McKenna

Points of view in Waiting for Godot: the Gate Theatre Production, (Colour photograph, 2002-2003) Gerard Byrne. Image courtesy of AIB Collection

Byrne’s image of the Gate production reflects his interest in cultural representations

The Streets, Our Brushes, Marielle Mac Leman at the LAB Gallery. Photograph: Peter Varga

Ingenious work by artist Marielle MacLeman delves one of the oldest areas of Dublin

 The skull sectioned, a pen and ink drawing with traces of black chalk by Leonardo da Vinci. Photograph: Royal Collection Trust

Da Vinci is known for a handful of iconic works but drawing was utterly central to everything he did

Människans Form, Nicholas Benedict Robinson

Also: ‘Crossing Permissions’ by Sinéad O’Donnell; ‘Armed Men’ by Mick O’Dea

Brian Eno: The long form has a place in contemporary culture. Image courtesy of the artist and Lumen, London

The ‘Renaissance man’ on his Irish connections and his ‘deliberately slow’ epic artwork 77 Million Paintings at the RHA in Dublin

Art in Focus: from Mark Francis’s White Light (Dual Dimension). Courtesy of the artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Mark Francis fixes his interest on the world beyond the limits of conventional vision

Detail from Leah Beggs, Should Have Gone With You, at the  Solomon Gallery

Light, mist and wonder from Leah Beggs and a group of four artists explore creativity through chance in Some Concrete Possibilites

Portrait of Miss Muriel Swanzy, 1907. Private Collection, courtesy Mary Swanzy Estate

The Dublin-born artist remains something of an enigma in both her life and her art

The Venetian by Sven Sandberg, at Berlin Opticians Gallery

Sven Sandberg, Amanda Doran, Andrew Simpson, Leah Beggs and Ruth O'Donnell

Endlessly changing: one configuration of  77 Million Paintings, by Brian Eno

Brian Eno’s music and image installation has been endlessly reinventing itself since 2006

Jumana Manna, Wild Relatives (2018) installation view. Courtesy of the artist and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2019. Photograph: Louis Haugh

Seeds, plants, people and geopolitics intersect in Jumana Manna’s film ‘Wild Relatives’

Some Concrete Possibilities is at the   Library Project in Dublin

Eva O’Leary holds a mirror up to teenagers, and a group exhibition looks at surveillance

 Gerry Davis’s 'Wedding Car' makes sense in that every element is easily legible, visually, but it is also a little odd

The Limerick-based artist re-imagines his own wedding with a magic realist twist

Still from ‘Inscriptions of an Immense Theatre’, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain. Image courtesy  courtesy the artist and Domobaal Gallery, London.

In her new film work Ailbhe Ní Bhriain muses on the legacy of imperialism and an uncertain future

Winter Wanderer, Cecilia Danell. Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

From Limerick to Armagh, there’s a range of themes and works to explore

Protest Crowd, London (Brexit 2, June 2018 ) 2018 by Joy Gerrard

Gerrard’s images of crowds massed in cities reflect a new era of mass protest

 Academy House, front elevation. Francis Johnston PRHA (1760–1829). Courtesy of the Irish Architectural Archive

John Turpin’s RHA history reveals an institution fighting for its life for nearly 200 years

From Wild Relatives, Jumana Manna, Douglas Hyde Gallery

Aidan Dunne: Niamh Barry’s edge lit sculptural lighting pieces at the National Museum of Ireland

JMW Turner: from A Ship against the Mewstone, at the Entrance to Plymouth Sound. Photograph courtesy National Gallery of Ireland

Turner’s watercolour brilliantly conveys the drama and danger of negotiating a coastal hazard in heavy seas

Harry Clarke, Madeline, St Agnes’s charmed maid (detail), design for the Eve of St Agnes window, circa 1923. Collection: Crawford Art Gallery

The work is not on permanent display, so now is your chance to see it

Canaletto, San Geremia and the Entrance to the Cannaregio, c. 1726-7,Oil on canvas, 65.5 x 96.9 x 10.0. Courtesy of the Royal Collection, National Gallery of Ireland

This week’s visual art highlights include fine shows at Imma, Crawford and Hunt Museum

Susan Buttner, Architecture: Spaces of Interaction and Everyday Power, 2018.

Disjuncture or rupture, in terms of time, space and more is the overarching theme of the work on show

Kilkenny by Olwen Fouéré (2016) by Mick O’Dea

O’Dea’s portrait of Fouéré is fast, sketchy and spontaneous, a record of the moment

Windfall by Paul Ringrose

Paul Ringrose’s new paintings address show a shattered place where trees have been snapped like matchsticks

 Cattle in Winter, Phoenix Park, Oil on board, John Skelton. Jorgensen Fine Art

Check out the Christmas exhibitions, and pick up some artworks for under €500

For GRS by Colin Davidson

A painter best known for his realist portraits turns to floral still life

Art highlights from 2018 include the Roderic O’Conor show at the National Gallery (centre)

Year in Culture Review: Commercial galleries are under pressure despite rising economy but art still thrives

Richard Mosse, Heliniko Olympic Arena, 2016

Irish artist’s work contrasts with that of others in the Gallery of Photography

Canaletto and Venice: An extraordinary painter of an extraordinary city. Images courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland and the Royal Collection Trust

Dazzling paintings, drawings and prints by the greatest painter of the Italian city

Vox Hybrida 1 by Alice Maher

Inspired by a medieval carving of a mermaid, Tipperary artist’s woodblock prints and bronzes aim to redefine representations of wo(...)

Laura Fitzgerald, Brian Rock, 2018, video research still from video ‘Portrait of a Stone’. Image courtesy of the artist.

The RHA’s annual Futures show finds emerging artists facing uncertain times

Barbara Knezevic, Tools for wellbeing, ‘Scapes: Rose Quartz’, 2018. Installation detail

This week’s visual art highlights

Liam Gillick, “Liability Channelled”, (detail), powder-coated aluminium, 32 x 90 x 8cm. Image courtesy the artist and Kerlin Gallery

In his multifarious work the artist considers his own role in modes of production: industrial, artistic, intellectual

Pour Hosseini’s protagonist, a wary, restless hybrid creature wearing a bird of prey face mask and the tattered remnants of a gown

Iranian artist Atoosa Pour Hosseini reimagines the Co Kerry islands in the lyrical ‘Kinetics in Blue’

On of the phpotographs that for part of My Magnetic North, by Gary Coyle

The latest instalment in his reflections on identity, place, death, memory – and demons within and without

Maeve McCarthy, In the garden, oil on linen, Molesworth Gallery

Maeve McCarthy’s new paintings are quiet and still, but also evoke restlessness

The Augurs I, II and III, by Martin Healy. Image courtesy Butler Gallery, installation photography by Roland Paschhoff

Healy uses birds of prey as a metaphor for a fundamentally flawed view of nature

Blaise Smith: My Parents. Allen and Elizabeth Smith, 2018, Oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, © Blaise Smith, Photograph © National Gallery of Ireland

After a 25-year gap, the artist is exhibiting – and seeking enlightenment – again

Besides building up the stained-glass business, Clarke looked for work as an illustrator and won several commissions from Harrap

A collection of essays enriches our view of the great Irish stained-glass artist and illustrator

Detail from ‘Lost Highway Guy’ (2018) by  Mark Francis Photograph: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Mark Swords’ paintings explore the multifaceted nature of everyday experiences

Thomas McCarthy in a video still from ‘My Comfort and My Joy’ at Douglas Hyde Gallery

Seamus Harahan captures ‘extremely held otherness’ in filming sean-nós singer Thomas McCarthy

A section of ‘Song of Lasting Sorrow’, two 10m painted handscrolls by the Japanese painter Kano Sansetsu

A masterpiece of Japanese scroll painting shines through the centuries

‘Edward Carson’ in Furtive Tears, Niamh McCann, The Hugh Lane Gallery. Photograph:  Lee Welch

Visual art: Niamh McCann’s new video work plays with layers of cultural signifiers

The Village Funeral: An Irish Family by a Graveside during the Great Famine by Daniel MacDonald

A short-lived 19th-century Cork artist shines a light on the reality of the Famine

Jacqueline Stanley’s “Boland’s Mill, Dublin”  (2000s)

Aidan Dunne: RHA show a fitting tribute to outstanding artist inspired by Irish landscape

Detail from Whitethorn Turning by Nick Miller for the series Rootless, at the Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin

Whether it’s a cluster of blossoms, a person or a landscape, Miller’s intense approach remains consistent

Véridis Quo (still) 2016 by Lola Gonzàlez. Courtesy the artist and Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris

Visual art: Six short films by Lola Gonzàlez; plus Nataly Maiar, Janet Mullarney and Helen O’Leary

People’s Democracy March, Belfast 1968 © courtesy trustees of the estate of Buzz Logan/Linen Hall Library, Gallery of Photography

McGibbon O’Lynn, Niamh McCann, Francis Matthews and Helen Cammock on show

Me in the Mirror, (2018) Oil on linen, by  Miseon Lee. Photograph:  courtesy  National Gallery of Ireland

After a 15-year hiatus, a Korean artist found her voice in Limerick

Nicholas Moss: Rite of Passage, 2018

Four members of one multitalented family unite in one exhibition

Blaise Smith, My Parents, Allen and Elizabeth Smith, 2018

Photography features strongly, with Kim Haughton’s study of the late JP Donleavy, Fionn McCann’s Cezanne’s Apple and Mandy O’Neill(...)

Boxes Full of Air, 2015, made with corten steel, by Sean Scully. Photograph: Courtesy Sean Scully

Known for his iconic Wall of Light paintings, the artist has made recent forays into sculpture and figuration, and he is giving tw(...)

Untitled by Helen O’Leary

An art form that seems to magically pull itself up by its own bootstraps

Toy Car (Mercedes 350 SL CKO), Comhghall Casey, Solomon Fine Art

Anita Groener, Benita Stoney, Clea van der Grijn, Glenn Fitzgerald and Comhghall Casey

Bog & Mountains, Jim Savage

Aidan Dunne: A publishing project has brought artists and poets to Connemara for over a decade

Dark Forest Head (2013) by Emily Young

Young’s carved stone sculptures are meditations on time, nature and humanity

Ursula Burke, Nigeria (detail from Embroidery Frieze – The Politicians) at the  RHA

Aidan Dunne: Ursula Bourke and NagOffsite offer perspectives on how the past inhabits the present

Still from My Comfort and Joy, Seamus Harahan and Thomas McCarthy

Harahan’s video piece aims to convey McCarthy’s musical and cultural heritage

Overcast IX, by Carol Hodder, at Solomon Fine Art in Dublin

Visual Art: Daniel Rios Rodriguez responds to heat of San Antonio; Carol Hodder’s heavy weather

The Precariat, (detail), Ursula Burke, RHA Gallery

Plus: Brian Ballard and Lisa Ballard, and Marshall McLuhan’s message is the medium

A photograph from “Announcing notte sopra, vipere sotto”, an exhibition of Irene Bindi’s work at the  Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast.

Work of post-conceptual artist who uses collage and noise in reconsidering cinema is featured in Belfast exhibition


The photographer merges memory, myth and social critique – with a distinct veneer of Vermeer

A Brand New Darkness: Installations views of work by Ian Cumberland,Zoe Murdoch, David Haughey

Abridged’s new exhibition reflects the current sense of progress being undone

Frans Post: View of Olinda, Brazil, 1662. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

A cache of lost drawings document the Dutch artist’s South American encounters

Siobhan O’Connor’s works on view at the RDS in 2016

Siobhan O’Connor’s robust structural works; Carol Hodder’s light-infused landscapes

Don’t Be Afraid, oil on canvas, 2018,  by Ann Quinn. Taylor Galleries.

Quinn’s luminous paintings reveal the extraordinary in the everyday

Visitations, Barry Hughes

Irish artists and photographers will be showcased at events in Amsterdam and Zagreb

Your Cyclical Nature (detail), 2009, by Michael Canning

Canning’s intense, hypnotic studies of wildflowers will stop you in your tracks

Detail from ‘Hare’ by Heidi Wickham. Photograph: Russell Gallery

The hot climate, hares and an eavesdropping camera are among the highlights

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Sunset, (detail), 2015, Mirror and reverse-glass painting on plaster and wood, 130 x 100 cm 110 cm diameter. Private Collection, United Arab Emirates. Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai.

Iranian artist Monir Sahroudy Farmanfarmaian is strongly influenced by the traditions of her homeland, but her approach is informe(...)

Kathy Prendergast, ‘Atlas 4 Sligo-Belfast, 2016, AA Road Atlas of Europe’, ink, 30.5x43.5x1cm. Kerlin Gallery

An ingenious vision of Europe in troubled times

From Lay Her Down Upon Her Back, Róisín White, The Library Project

Diana Copperwhite and Aileen Murphy negotiate excess and absence; Róisín White exposes the Victorian ‘rest cure’

‘Rail’, linen casement weave material, 1958, Anni Albers

Artist focused attention on an ancient craft as a rich contemporary art medium

Debra Bowden, The High Road at the Berkeley Gallery in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

Works by Debra Bowden, Mick O’Dea, Diana Copperwhite and Aileen Murphy on show

From British Watchtowers, Donovan Wylie and Magnum Photos

Reframing the Border, a survey of 14 photographers’ views, has an ominous relevance

Night Lights of Dublin, Cristina Bergoglio, Doorway Gallery

Found photos at the Library Project and The Lavit has its inaugural show at its new address

You Make Me Iliad (2010)

Short films mix elements of live action and animation and owe a debt to Lil’ Kim

River to the Sea (1959) by Norah McGuinness: she studied under Harry Clarke and her signature style is easily recognisable.

Cubist-inflected rural idyll is by artist who played key role in 20th-century Irish culture

The artist Leyho drew on his great-grand-uncle’s wartime notebook, his father’s historical research and war photographer François Bost’s images.

Exhibition combines comic-book drawings and images from French campaign

Gabhann Dunne looks to water for Dublin while concept artist Leyho picks up on a first WorldWar link

Willie Doherty, Remains, 2013, High definition video (colour and sound), Duration: 15 minutes, Edition 2/3, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift 2014

Grim picture of the persistence of violence and the dangers posed by a political vacuum

‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, David Mach’s newspaper installation, at this year’s Galway festival. Photograph: Andrew Downes

A massive newspaper installation, a contemplation on childhood, and a musical project from Calais

Stephen Loughman: “You look at a facade and you have no idea what’s going on inside, the lives people are leading, what they are thinking.”

Stephen Loughman’s paintings frame modern anxiety, often through cinema’s prism

The Valiant Adventures of Tawara Toda: part of the scrolls on view at the Chester Beatty Library until January 2019

History meets fantasy in 17th-century scrolls at the Chester Beatty Library, in Dublin

Fiona Tan, Vox Populi: London, 2012, 267 individually framed colour photographs, 210cm x 700cm. Collection De Pont Museum, Tilburg (NL)

Visual Art: An exhibition from the De Pont museum in Amsterdam comes to Dublin

Exposure: Maureen O’Neill, Custom House Studios Gallery

Works from Dan Graham, Maureen O’ Neill, Maureen O’ Connor and Kelvin Mann

‘Light Painting, Orange’ (detail), mixed media, Catherine Owens (Oliver Sears Gallery).

Fusing traditional media and recent technology, Owens reflects on constancy in a changing world

'A Visibility Matrix' is 'a synchronised, multi-channel video installation' but its point is not to, say, showcase an expansive range of video work, and it’s not a greatest hits collection. Photography by Louis Haugh

In 'A Visibility Matrix', Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne search for a path out of the online video jungle

From: At Mirrored River, Enda Bowe

Lives and dreams in a midlands town captured in beautiful photographs

Roderic O’Conor: Self-Portrait, from 1903. Photograph © National Gallery of Ireland

A spectacular exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland celebrates the post-impressionist

Sir Sidney Nolan visiting the Burren. Photograph: The Burren College of Art

Sir Sidney Nolan paitings related to his family links with Ireland on show in the Burren

Lady Louisa Conolly  by Anne Valérie Dupond (2018)

A thoughtful exhibition at the Long Gallery in Castletown House, Kildare

Light Painting Orange, Catherine Owens, Oliver Sears Gallery

Face to Face, Life at the Edges, View from Donegal, School of Looking and 6am

Marlene Dumas, Self-portrait at Noon, 2008, oil on canvas, 90 x 100 x 3 cm. Collection De Pont Museum, Tilburg (NL). Photograph: Peter Cox

A powerful contemporary painter of the human condition

Tremble Tremble, Jesse Jones, installation view, Project Arts Centre

Jesse Jones’s Venice Biennale exhibition proposes an alternative, feminist creation and foundation myth

The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife: a detail from Daniel Maclise’s vast painting. © National Gallery of Ireland

We have ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. In the 1850s they had Maclise and his boundless imagination

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