Join us for the third in a series of conversations with emerging Irish artists at our new location at No. 4 Ormond Quay with artist Leah Hewson.
(b. Dublin, 1986) Leah Hewson achieved a First Class BA(Hons) in Fine Art from DLIADT in 2010. Hewson’s first solo show, Whats behind the Magic door? (2011) gave way for her work to be included in the Microsoft Collection as well as being published as part of Goblin Market: New Irish Contemporary Art. Amongst a steady flow of commissions for private collections, Hewson developed work for her second exhibition CUSP which was in 2013. Earlier this year she gained experience working in Sean Scully’s studio in New York which has seen her work move to a more abstract approach to image making.
Following on from the artist’s recent solo exhibition ‘Scintilla’ at the Ashford Gallery which was the culmination of a six month studio residency at the RHA, the artist will speak about this project as well as research topics including Jungian psychology and her instinctual approach to image making.
Hewson’s area of concern has always been the importance of preserving ones imagination. It holds endless possibilities but with maturing age and alternative priorities it becomes abandoned in many humans. The act of utilising her imagination is the primary motivation in her work. This act rebels against the formulaic and stems from the desire to develop it as a tool and refine its use in achieving obscure possibilities.
Images Courtesy of Hazel Egan