Triangolino – The Italian Connection, an exhibition
of artworks from Italy and Ireland will be formally opened in the Riverbank
Arts Centre on Sunday 7th September next by Laura Olivetti, Italian
Cultural Attaché and Director of the Italian Cultural
Institute. The aim of this exhibition is to give audiences in County
Kildare (and beyond) an opportunity to see the work of leading contemporary
Irish artists, and also to introduce artists from abroad whose work
has not previously been exhibited in Ireland.
The exhibition includes the works of three well-known Irish artists
who live, or have lived in Italy – Richard Gorman, Seán
Shanahan, and Stephen McKenna. Each has selected an Italian artist to
exhibit with them – Roberto Caracciolo, Antonio Scaccabarozzi
and Stefano di Stasio.
From minimalism to magic realism, a wide range of stylistic approaches
is evident in the works of the six artists. Seán Shanahan and
Antonio Scaccabarozzi’s work exhibits a restrained minimalism,
whilst the painterly abstraction of Richard Gorman and Roberto Caracciolo
has a subtle and yet energetic quality. Very different are the styles
of Stefano di Stasio and Stephen McKenna, both drawing on the figurative
tradition, yet imbuing their works with a surreal, mysterious edge.
All six have exhibited widely in Europe, the US, and as far afield as
Japan and Saudia Arabia.
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by Isabel Nolan,
and texts by the artists.
The organisers gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship by Ballymore
The exhibition is on view in both galleries and is open to the public
from Monday 8th September until Friday 26th September.
Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Gallery Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 10 am to 1 pm, and
2pm to 5pm.
For further information, please contact Catríona
or Grainne on