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April 28, 2011

Kildare Artist Returns Home with Icelandic Inspiration

On May 7th, Kildare artist Jackie Askew will bring Icelandic inspiration to Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge when she opens a solo exhibition titled 'The Counting Prophetess'.

The Counting Prophetess In 'The Counting Prophetess', artist Jackie Askew will be showing a selection of paintings, drawings and photographs made during a residency at SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland from September to November, 2010. At the heart of Jackie’s recent work is her love of the vast emptiness of the Icelandic landscape and the relationship to one’s self that is made possible in it. This work concentrates on the simplicity of the line and space of the landscape as documented on a road trip along the south of the country

Jackie is originally from Co. Kildare but she now lives and works in Co. Clare. She is a graduate of St Martins’ School of Art, London, 1988.  She exhibits extensively in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.  Her recent projects include co-curator and participating artist in SALT (art from the western edge of Ireland) a multi-media group exhibition, Tallinn (the European city of culture), March 2011 and The Wrack Line solo exhibition at the Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght in September, 2010. Jackie was an invited artist at APT Open Studios, Deptford, London in September, 2010 following which she undertook a 3 month residency at SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland.  Jackie has also received several awards for her work from the Arts Council and most recently her work received 1st Prize at the Millcove Gallery 2010 painting competition.

The Counting Prophetess will open on Saturday 7th May at 3pm. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome to drop in at 3pm to meet the artist and take a first look at the exhibiton. For further information call Riverbank Arts Centre on 045 448327. The Counting Prophetess will continue until May 27th