Julian Campbell and Mark Hathaway exhibit in Sirius Arts Centre

27 November, 2014

Two exhibitions, by artists Mark Hathaway and Julian Cambell, open tonight at 7pm, at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, and carry strong links to the legacy of Fine Art education in Cork City.

Dr. Julian Campbell recently retired from the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, where he taught Art History. Mark Hathaway studied at the college from 1977-82, when it was known as the Crawford School of Art.

An introduction to the exhibitions is provided by Harry Moore, from Sirius Arts Centre:


WATER & LIGHT - Watercolours by Mark Hathaway

An exhibition of watercolours exploring the light of Cork Harbour by Cobh based artist Mark Hathaway. Hathaway has had a life long interest in watercolour as a medium to express mood and atmosphere. His detailed and delicate work expresses emotion through a symbolic signification of the everyday.
Born in Hull, Yorkshire, in 1960, Mark has lived and worked in Cobh since 1990.

He studied at the Crawford School of Art, Cork (1977-82). Primarily known for his work in watercolour, Mark has completed murals in the Fitzgerald Park Museum and University Cork, as well as a number of private commissions. In 2007 Mark presented a show of abstract work, with strong rhythmic elements.

Mark has had a long-standing relationship with the Sirius Art Centre exhibiting in 1995, 2001, 2004 and 2007, he has also exhibited at the Crawford Municipal Gallery, the Lavitt Gallery and the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. Public collections include Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, University College Cork, University of Limerick and the Office of Public Works.

THE SINGER - Paintings by Julian Campbell

Julian Campbell based in Cork, was born in Dublin and lectured in History of Art at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.

Although mainly known for his work as an art historian, Julian Campbell has continued painting throughout his career. Preferring landscape painted directly from nature in oil and watercolour, he has also painted figurative subjects from photographic sources. In this series of new paintings developed over the last six years and painted on small square canvases, Campbell has focused on the theme of ‘The Singer’, using photographs as source material, colours are built up on a brown undercoat, evoke feelings of realism and intimacy. These works are part of an ongoing series.

Inspiration for the works come from a variety of art historical sorces, including the French artist Leon-Leopold Boilly (1761-1845) who painted up to 5000 small portraits of men and women between the years 1800-1829. The sitters are of their time, yet the paintings have a striking realism and modernity, and a sense of calm. Julian also quotes American abstract sculptor David Smith (1906-1965) who described his work as 'personages'. The quiet Realism of Corot and the 19th Century French realists are mentioned as are 20th Century painters Matisse and Diebenkorn.


Harry Moore

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