Lightning Bolts of Ordinary Things is an exhibition that brings together the work of two Clare based artists Kaye Maahs and Will O’Kane. Both these artists’ paintings elevate the everyday, the ordinary, giving rise to works that convey both a sense of experience and memory that in turn transcends surface and meaning.
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Kaye Maah’s…stark expanses of woodland, water and mountains are often shrouded in mist and there is a reflective, melancholy note to them, their mood enhanced by her spare, judicious palette, evoking both the landscape and an inner world. Irish Times
Will O’Kane’s stunning painting AL is a portrait of his wife. Cristin Leach, Sunday Times on Zurich Portrait Prize Shortlist.
Kaye Maahs is an emerging Irish Artist living and working in County Clare. She is a recipient of the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award 2018, was an invited artist at the 188th Royal Hibernian Academy’s Annual Exhibition and a recipient of the Clare County Council Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Award in 2017. She has shown her work in both group and solo exhibitions across Ireland. Her most recent solo exhibition Grünewald at Claremorris Gallery, in County Mayo was listed as one of five art shows to see in July 2019 by Irish Times Art Critic Aidan Dunne.
Since graduating as a mature student from GMIT Galway in 2015 her painting practice has been defined by her encounters with the natural world. Through the language of paint Maahs’ paintings convey her journeys, her observations and her painterly concerns. Working primarily in oils Maahs’ work reflects the modern landscape, her affinity with nature and her passion for paint.
Will O’Kane was Born in Co.Mayo, and now lives and works Ennis, Co. Clare
O’Kane’s paintings employ a variety of methods. Changing styles depending on the subject matter, concept, or genre that he is engaged with. His work is often sensitive to the context in which it is shown. Current themes apparent in his paintings this year include – Language, love, place, work, and mortality. He is interested in how pictures are made and how they can communicate to an audience.
Recent exhibitions of note include, 189th RHA Annual Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin 2019, Zurich Portrait Prize Shortlist National Gallery of Ireland 2018, Teeth Strong as Diamonds Courthouse Ennistymon 2018, Kathleen Lynn, Insider on the Outside, Mayo Collaborative Arts 2016, Sift Institute Enniscorthy 2015. He studied painting in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology CCAM.