ART FOR THE HEART, THROUGH EYES AND EARS

The Irish Times Magazine - - FRONTLINES -

If you have won­dered at the large paint­ing that serves as a back­drop for recitals re­cently sat in the Kevin Barry recital room at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall, you might want to go to Dublin’s Solomon Gallery for more. Com­mis­sioned by the NCH, The Move­ment of Sound shows a group of women in bright dresses, bow­ing at in­stru­ments. Ev­ery­thing, from their arms, to their hair, to the rest of the or­ches­tra – or is it the au­di­ence? – be­hind them is alive with the mu­sic. It’s by Co Wex­ford- born, Dublin- based artist Mar­garet Egan, whose work ranges from recog­nis­able, if highly stylised, fig­ures and sculp­tures to dreamy al­most- ab­stract land­scapes in which im­ages half emerge, both in the paint, and in your mind.

Gemma Tip­ton Mar­garet Egan’s A Slice of Life is at the Solomon Gallery, Dublin, from Septem­ber 28th to Oc­to­ber 20th; solomon­fin­eart. ie RTÉCon­tempo Quar­tet play Beethoven in the Kevin Barry Room on Septem­ber 24th; nch. ie

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