Saturday, December 12, 2009
The college gained a new work of art lately, a painting by Old Columban Conrad Frankel. The picture is in a photo-realistic style and is called 'Tennis Players' and shows a pair of young Edwardian women in dappled light with tennis raquets and long dresses. Conrad is from Co. Cork, left St.Columba's in 1997 and is based in London. He has recently turned to this new style of extremely time-consuming painting from his earlier more unrestrained work. But portraits are still his primary subject matter. Nowadays he is using as his inspiration the earliest photographic portraits from the Victorian era and the early 20th century which he picks up at antique stalls in London. His current works offer an interesting reflection of portraiture from an era when it was believed that photography was set to supercede painting and indeed cause its demise. 'Tennis Players' was bought for the college from profits of the school tuck shop at a much reduced price thanks to the artist.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Today's photograph was shot by Amelia Shirley Form V, during the snowfall in February 2009. The pathway leads the viewer into the photograph and forces the eye up to the snow covered brances of the trees, which on closer inspection resemble cracked ice. With Christmas almost upon us it is an appropriate and atmospheric photograph to publish.
Picturing New York: Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art25 November 2009 - 7 February 2010 @ IMMA, Dublin.
Picturing New York comprises 145 masterworks from the photographic collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, covering the period from the 1880s to the present day. It celebrates the tradition of photographing New York, a tradition that frames and influences the perception of this vibrant urban centre. Including photographs by such influential photographers as Berenice Abbot, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Lisette Model, Alfred Stieglitz and Cindy Sherman, it explores both New York and its inhabitants, highlighting associations – from the vast, overwhelming architecture and bright lights, to the diversity of people that lie at the soul of the city.
Senior Forms studying Art and Photography will attend this exibition in the new year.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Emily's exhibition opens this evening at the M.T.S.L. on South William Street, Dublin (see details below). SCCArt wishes her all the best in her first solo exhibition.
"I see my work as a series of personal expressions presented in a way that makes them both accessible and ambiguous to the viewer".
Emily Robyn Archer. (OC)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
These two very strong, yet uniquely styled still life compositions were painted by Form V Pupils Imogen Wardell and Toni Hoffmann. The dark backgrounds and the highlighted subject matter in the foregrounds are somewhat reminisent of the style of Caravaggio who employed the technique of creating dramatic effects with light and dark known as Chiaroscuro.
Toni Hoffmann Form V
chiaroscuro - (pr. kee-ahr'oh-schoo"roh)
A word borrowed from Italian ("light and shade" or "dark") referring to the modelling of volume by depicting light and shade by contrasting them boldly. This is one means of strengthening an illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface, and was an important topic among artists of the Renaissance. It is also a word which is synonymous with the work of Caravaggio.
Still Life with Fruit.A painting by the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) in which the technique of Chiaroscuro is quite obvious. It depicts a wicker basket heaped with various fruit and vegetables sitting on a stone table, caught in Caravaggio's usual strong yet mellow shaft of light falling from the top left. The bulk of the space is taken up by the large melons, marrows and pumpkins, the watermelon and pumpkin cut open to display the interior, the marrows, long and twisting, seeming to wish to escape the two-dimensional space of the picture plane.
Monday, December 7, 2009
SCC Library, in the display cabinet inside the door.
The Form V Q Set has been getting acquainted with the basics of Watercolour Painting. They have been using the National Geographic Magazine as secondary source material for their compositions. Considering the background, middle-ground and foregrounds for their compositions, and the application of washes have been their main focus so far.