Hamilton Gallery invites you to view ‘Dreams of Landscape'’ an exhibition by artist Mary Lohan.
In W.B. Yeats’ poetry, the landscape is just there. He conjures it up with barely a word or two, often pinning it down with a sound as much as with an image or a place-name. ‘The humming sea’, the ‘bee-loud glade’ the ‘inarticulate moan’, ‘the wailing hounds’: all are as crisp and vivid as ‘wintry strands’, yellow leaves ‘like faint meteors in the gloom’, cormorants who ‘shiver on their rocks’, the ‘shadowy hazel grove’, or the ‘rocky shore and rushy fen.’ The words open up meaning rather than closing it down. Equally, paintings can create spaces that we are able to inhabit, imaginatively. They are not constrained by the details of any one story. Yet it can seem as if we know these spaces well, that they are our own spaces, evoking our personal and communal histories.
The Hamilton Gallery invited over 50 of Ireland’s leading and emerging contemporary visual artists to create a 20cm x 20cm canvas inspired by the life and writings of W.B. Yeats.
The overwhelming response we received has resulted in this exhibition 'Impressions and Portraits of W.B. Yeats', a compelling, contemporary response by the visual artists of Ireland to the work of one of our literary giants for his 150th birthday.