Kildare artist Gabhann Dunne competes for coveted Savills Prize

Competing for country’s most significant contemporary arts award

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Kildare artist Gabhann Dunne competes for coveted Savills Prize

Gabhann Dunne

Celbridge artist Gabhann Dunne will compete for the country’s most significant contemporary arts award at Vue 2018 at the Royal Hibernian Academy from November 1-4.

The €5,000 Savills Prize is awarded to the artist who has produced an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland.

12 of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries have each nominated an artist as a contender for the prize, which is being adjudicated by an independent panel of experts.

Gabhann has been nominated by the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin which endorsed media acclaim hailing him “one of the best Irish painters of his generation.”

The limpid colour palette in his work gives it a visionary, almost poetic quality.

“Topographical features, figures, buildings and animals emerge from a richly opaque ground, conjuring a hauntingly beautiful parallel world,” according to Molesworth Gallery.

“He uses this romantic landscape to critique the marginalisation of animal spaces, often appropriating and re-working found imagery to complement his invented narratives."

The winner will be announced from a shortlist of five contenders at Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair Vue 2018.

"This is the fourth year the Savills Prize has been presented at Vue and we hope the award will become as important to Irish art as the Turner Prize is in the UK," said Vue 2018 organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.

“Savills is the perfect partner to present the Prize as most art is found in homes and businesses, and not just museums.

“Vue 2018 is a great opportunity for collectors and investors to experience some of the best contemporary art currently being created in Ireland, and to get some expert advice and guidance from leading galleries.”

Last year’s prize was awarded to one of the country’s most noted abstract painters, Samuel Walsh

Opening hours are 6-9pm on Thursday November 1, 11am-7pm on Friday, Nov 2, 11am-6pm on Saturday, November 3, and 11-6pm on Sunday, November 4.

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