STRUCTURE/VOID is an exhibition of new works by artist Denis Kelly.
The exhibition incorporates a site specific wall painting and a series of abstract paintings characterised by hard edge colour motifs, predominantly painted flat on wooden surfaces. The work explores light, form and space in a playful response to the built environment and the wider designed world. Ultimately the intention is to allude to rather than describe, allowing curious forms to materialise and manifest – encouraging a slow investigation of the work.
The paintings may seem like rational geometric exercises but on closer viewing reveal incidental bleeds, tears, indentations due to the influence of the uneven support (found wood surface). The wood contains marks and abrasions that act as a counter to the ‘hard edge’ painting, offering an organic or poetic characteristic –
a ‘figurative’ element in a field of geometry.
Denis Kelly is an Irish artist based in Leixlip Co. Kildare. He holds an MFA in painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a BA Honours Degree in Visual Arts Practice from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire. He worked for a number of years as a graphic designer in Dublin taking up painting in 2007. Recent exhibitions include ‘Edge’ at the municipal gallery dlr Lexicon in Dún Laoghaire, ‘Describing Architecture’ at The Powerscourt Centre, RHA and RUA annual exhibitions, Éigse Open and Rua Red Winter Show. In 2012, he was short listed as one of the top ten graduates at the International UA Awards. His work is part of the Office of Public Works collection and private collections in Ireland, UK and USA.