John Noel Smith: ‘Moving Lines I, 2017’, oil on canvas, 200 x 240 cm

John Noel Smith: Moving Lines ★★★★★ Reproductions don’t do justice to John Noel Smith’s paintings. That’s true of most paintings, though by no means (...)

Untitled by Paul Doran (2016)

Paul Doran Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin ★★★★★ With his MA exhibition in 2001, Paul Doran established himself as a significant presence in contemporary(...)

Pure Codology by Elaine Byrne

Whenceness – Elaine Byrne  Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin ★★★★ Perhaps more than any other individual, James Joyce invented the idea of the wo(...)

A still from The Architects (2014) by Amie Siegel

Imitation of Life – Amie Siegel Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin ***** The essay film, neither fiction nor documentary in the conventional sense, is(...)

The Doggers (2014) by Sheila Rennick

Something for Nothing – Sheila Rennick Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin **** Sheila Rennick’s paintings make fun of some of the cultural peculiari(...)

Detail from Narciso by Sandro Chia

Meraviglia (Marvel) Three artists: Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Michael Warren Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin ***** The trio of tale(...)

Detail from Good Bye To all That by Mick O’Dea

Last year the painter Mick O’Dea approached me to ask if I would contribute a short text to a publication on three of his exhibitions at the Kevin (...)

One of Mark Garry’s trademark rainbows of coloured thread

A New Quiet – Mark Garry RHA Gallagher Gallery (Gallery 1) **** At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking that Mark Garry’s (...)