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Christopher Banahan at The Kenny Gallery

CHRISTOPHER BANAHAN – Galway 4040/Remains of Us -  from 21 April

Opening Friday 21st April  (running for 4 weeks).

Galway in the year 4040 has been re-discovered like a ‘lost Pompeii' or ‘Atlantis' by divers as the city we know had long been sunk under rising sea levels. The archivists of the day have to determine who the people were or what lives they might have lived, through the visual puzzle of their fresco portrait fragments. Hence their original identity is lost and judgement is made on their appearance only. Therefore famous iconic faces of present day Galway are deliberately mixed up with less familiar faces.  Even though the exhibition is homage to the everlasting Cultural life of Galway, it is also an exhibition that addresses issues of identity and how we all fall into the visual trap of judging a book by its cover particularly when we first set eyes on someone.

The only drawback to the project, is the fact that we are in present day Galway and can easily identity well-known iconic faces like Michael D Higgins in the exhibition. To encourage the viewer to look at the portraits with a futuristic gaze/perception, the artist has deliberately titled all the portrait subjects with future archivist's hypothetical names to identify who they might have been in life...  However, some less enigmatically entitled study paintings are also present.  The exhibition was also inspired by Mervue Portraits Poems written by former Galway Poet in Residence Michael O'Loughlin, who wrote poems based on a series of Mervue Residents portraits that the artist made for a Galway City Council commission in 2009.

Christopher Banahan studied for an M.A. in Fine Art at London’s Goldsmiths College in 1982-4 and won a Rome Scholarship in Painting at the British School of Rome 1990. More recently he gained an M.A in Production and Direction from the Huston Film School, NUIG Galway 2013.  His work can be found in the collection of the Arts Council, The AIB Bank, The OPW and The European Central Bank.  Christopher lives and works in Kinvara, Co.Galway.


Christopher Banahan at the Kenny Gallery  




Michael Flaherty at the Kenny Gallery


MICHAEL FLAHERTY – Another Version of the Happy Ending | New Paintings – from 26 May


Images are Flaherty’s language, which he creates with fiery poetic incisiveness.  His energetic brushstrokes freeze-frame nature, form or matter in motion.  He speaks in spirited, lustrous, colour.

He paints the wind harrying the waves, frost biting the furze and “the murmur of stones”. His paintings can be sensuous and vibrant, august and timeless, meditative and still; and they are, also, gifts of hope.

And the painting calls to its buyer.  It chooses us.  It is we who are owned.


Michael Flaherty was born in Cloghane on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry in 1950. Michael studied in Maynooth, Cork and Sligo before returning to Kerry in 1989. Here he developed his distinctive style of painting to convey his love of the Kerry landscape. His work has featured in many group and solo shows around Ireland, Britain, Europe and the USA. His first exhibition with The Kenny Gallery was in 1990.

His work is represented in public and private collections including Irish Life, ESB, Dublin University, Kerry Food, various Government Departments, New York University and Commerz Bank of Frankfurt.



Selma McCormack at The Kenny Gallery 

SELMA McCORMACK – New Works – from 23 June

SELMA McCORMACK is a native Galwegian who loved the idea of modelling in clay and wax. This inevitably led her on to produce some of these images in ceramic or casting them  in bronze. Her sculptures are generally figurative and full of motion, dancers dancing, horses prancing etc. Her paintings are very different, distinctive abstract images of great variety with a sense of immediacy and imaginative daring. She divided herself between sculpture and painting and this exhibition will consist of new work in both media.


Kenneth Webb & Susan Webb at The Kenny Gallery 

KENNETH WEBB & SUSAN WEBB – New Works – from 21 July

A 64-year relationship between an artist and a gallery is rare, but that is how long the painter Kenneth Webb and the Kenny Gallery have been working together. Since he first walked in their door in 1953, both the gallery and the artist’s work have gone through many changes. He has painted his way through a variety of themes, but there is one constant in his work, Colour! For him, at 90 years of age, colour is still magic and induces in him bouts of painting when an idea runs quickly through his veins and he is driven to put it down on canvas.

He started to teach his daughter Susan to paint when she was about three years old. She is now an accomplished artist who has exhibited widely, received many important commissions and still finds time to run The Irish School of Landscape Painting. Her first solo exhibition in Kennys took place when she was eighteen years old. Since then she has developed a serious reputation as an artist.

This exhibition includes a return to some favourite themes for Kenneth, and a series of equestrian images painted by Susan.


John Behan RHA at The Kenny Gallery 

JOHN BEHAN RHA – New Works – from 20 October

JOHN BEHAN is one of Ireland’s leading artists. His first exhibition in Kennys was in 1970. He is an artist’s artist, a modest man with a terrific work ethic who has had solo exhibitions in virtually every corner of this country. His reputation extends well beyond Ireland’s borders and his public sculptures feature in many countries throughout the world. He is a great traveller and invariably brings back ideas and images from whatever country he has visited and he combines these ‘foreign’ influences with his own highly personal interpretation of Irish mythology. 


Fran McCann at The Kenny Gallery 

FRAN McCANN – New Works – from 24 November

FRAN McCANN grew up in Belfast and always loved art. His day job took him abroad for many years, but he never stopped drawing and painting. He eventually moved back to Ireland with his family and established a school of painting in Gort. He has had numerous exhibitions here and on the continent. He works in great bursts of energy, always with a palette knife. He is a good musician and many of his images have a musical theme, sometimes Jazz and sometimes traditional Irish music.  In recent years, the landscape of his hinterland has also become a feature of his work. 


Bernard Canavan at The Kenny Gallery ...coming in spring 2018 


Bernard Canavan was born in Co. Longford. His family had a small shop, but they lost so many customers through emigration in the 1950’s, that they were forced to emigrate too. He went to Britain and because of his interest and ability in art, he began to record, in paint, the Irish emmigrant experience there. There is nothing romantic about his paintings, these are raw images of navvies in trenches, on diggers, in open trucks, in the pub, of women in the cafe, in the dance hall, in the bus queue, of nurses in the nurses home etc. This exhibition will also focus on 1950’s Ireland, the very unromantic place these emigrants left behind.


& other events to be announced…