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Portrait Painting by Diana Chambers for Spontaneous People / Spontaneous Paintings. This is a portrait painted in loose brush strokes of a person’s face with brown hair and blue eyes with red lips showing their teeth.

Visual Art: Diana Chambers and Seamus Morton’s ‘Spontaneous People / Spontaneous Paintings’ at Laois Arthouse

1 - 29 Apr 2023 (Past)

Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois

The Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co Laois, are delighted to present ‘Spontaneous People/Spontaneous Paintings’. This two-person exhibition brings together works by artists Diana Chambers and Seamus Morton. The exhibition is curated by Dominic Thorpe.

The word ‘spontaneous’ refers to the impulse, instinct and natural feeling that fuels the work of both Chambers and Morton. The works presented in Spontaneous People / Spontaneous Paintings also demonstrate the deep curiosity and expression of two artists dedicated to art practice.

Diana Chambers works from the KCAT studio in Callan Kilkenny. She is a prolific painter who addresses a range of subject matter from portraiture to landscape to everyday scenarios and objects. She has shown in several exhibitions including at the West Cork Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre, Galleria Art Kaarisilta Helsinki, and Farmleigh House Dublin.

Seamus Morton works from his studio at Erkina House Rathdowney Co. Laois. He has developed a substantial body of work, including portraiture, landscape, and still life. He has exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including a sell-out solo show at Áras an Chontae, Laois County Council, Portlaoise, Dunamaise Arts Centre, and currently has work on display in the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

Dr. Dominic Thorpe is an Irish visual artist and curator. He has shown extensively, including at the Bangkok Cultural Centre, Performance Space London, Galway Arts Centre, the Golden Thread Gallery Belfast, and SASA Gallery Adelaide. Thorpe frequently engages with inclusion and education based initiatives and has work in several public collections in Ireland, including the collection of the Arts Council of Ireland.

The exhibition will be opened by Pádraig Naughton. Pádraig became Executive Director of Arts & Disability Ireland in 2005. Working strategically in partnership with the arts sector ADI champions the creativity of artists with disabilities and promotes inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities. In 2022 Pádraig graduated with an LLM in International & Comparative Disability Law & Policy from the University of Galway, also that same year The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., recognized his lifetime achievement with an Excellence in Accessibility Leadership Award.

An exhibition tour by Diana Chambers, Seamus Morton and Curator Dominic Thorpe, takes place on Thursday 20 th April at 12.30pm in the Gallery, Laois Arthouse, Stradbally. Light refreshments will be served.

Opening times:

Tuesday -Friday 1pm-4pm

Booking for this event is advisable, through the Arts Office. Please email  or telephone: 057-8689386

Categories: Audiences, The Arts

Tags: Diana Chambers, Dominic Thorpe, Seamus Morton, The Laois Arthouse

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