AIDAN DUNNE SVENSANDBERG:SIXPORTRAITS
Online exhibition at Berlin Opticians Gallery,157CapelStreet,Dublin1; until February 12th; berlinopticiansdublin.com/exhibitions Sven Sandberg’s gentle, mellow portraits emerge from a rich mix of sources, starting perhaps with the artist’s travels in Europe. Then he delved into “the diaries and photographs of early 20th century travellers”. Add pictorial conventions in the history of European paintings, film and literature. The resultant paintings are both distinctively individual and archetypal. They evoke a wealth of context without elaboration. He is from California, and in this work it’s tempting to see him as a Jamesian (Henry) observer in Europe.
AMANDA DORAN: FLORA & FAUNA
RHA Ashford Gallery, RHA, Ely Place, Dublin;untilFebruary10th; rhagallery.ie In her bold, bright, playful paintings, Amanda Doran revises inherited female archetypes from a contemporary perspective – that is, in a time when the definition of woman is being rewritten by “generation Y, social media, self-care advocates and well-being activists”. She imagines a utopia in which women are enabled to realise every possibility.