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Ghislaine Howard, ‘The Circus Animals’ Desertion.
An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints
13th - 20th August, Estate Office, Birr, County Ofally, Ireland
‘I sought a theme and sought for it in vain, I sought it daily for six weeks or so.’
In her imagination, Ghislaine Howard equates her Irish home, the Old Distillery in Birr, with Thoor Baylee, W. B. Yeats’ famous tower, inspiration for so many of his poem.
This suite of monotypes and related works are inspired by Yeats’ late poem, ‘The Circus Animals’ Desertion’ which centres on the mysterious nature of artistic creation.Her exhibition explores the ‘rag and bone shop of the heart’: the people, memories, ambitions, images and objects that make up an artist’s vocabulary. Ghislaine interweaves images suggested by the poem with references to her own life and work. She also pays homage to Picasso’s Vollard Suite, etchings that the Spanish master produced just a few years before Yeats’ re-assessment of his poetic self
Recently named as a ‘Woman of the Year’ in the U.K., Ghislaine is an artist known for powerful and expressive paintings that record and interpret shared human ex-perience. She exhibits widely in the UK and Europe and has work in many public and private collections, including the Royal Collection. This will be her first exhibition in Ireland.
You are invited to the official opening of the exhibition which will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 13 August at the Estate office, Rosse Row, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland.
acclaimed series of paintings, The Stations
of the Cross: The Captive Figure will continue
its tour of British cathedrals with an exhibition at Manchester
Cathedral from Wednesday,
February 17 through to May
The exhibition will form the backdrop for a performance of Bach's St John Passion by Manchester Cathedral Choir with Manchester Baroque Orchestra on Sunday, March 21 at 7.30pm.
Ghislaine will give a talk about the evolution of the paintings on Thursday, May 13 at 7.30pm. Free.
The Art of
is working with The Lowry, Salford
University and Arts for Health towards an
exhibition for 2012
which will celebrate walking.
latest publication, a new book on Vincent
Van Gogh, was published
by Lorenz Books on June 1,
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was named as a Woman
of the Year and attended the Women
of the Year lunch at The Guildhall in London in October.
Ghislaine also starred in a short film for children, So You Want
to be an Artist?,
which was shown at The Lowry.
Drawing can be just child's play - Glossop
of The Cross: The Captive Figure
at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Featuring the unveiling of The Empty Tomb,
a new work for Liverpool
Anglican Cathedral's Capital of Culture
was on view from February 11 to March 30, 2008.
played a central role in the Cathedral's Easter celebrations.
The Empty Tomb
Ghislaine Howard spent a number of early mornings
walking the city streets of Liverpool sketching and photographing the
spaces vacated by rough sleepers. These empty doorways, tousled
blankets, and damp cardboard boxes the only evidence that someone had
shelter there. Her purpose was to situate her painting of The Empty Tomb in
the reality of the lived experience and to bring to this spiritual
subject a simple human dimension. The resulting painting, 4 x 8 feet,
within a spectacular steel reliquary created by sculptor Brian Fell and
is the culminating piece of her series Stations of the Cross: the
The series has toured various British cathedrals to great acclaim. When
it was shown at Gloucester Cathedral, Her Majesty the Queen was
a study for The Women
of Jerusalem for the Royal Collection.
It is fitting that this powerful and thought-provoking exhibition
should follow the Cathedral's recent Anne Frank exhibition for they
speak of the disappeared, the dispossessed and the homeless, those
captivity and worse - above all they speak of the strength of the human
spirit to transcend oppression.
These significant and powerful works open up opportunities to highlight
and explore the issue of torture and the plight of victims of
oppression all over the world. And as one of many visitors seeing the
paintings wrote in response to the works: "It hurt my heart. I pray
that we learn from
Head of Education for Amnesty International:
"Ghislaine Howard's images are compelling, powerful, and emphatic. They
are unusual in that they communicate man's inhumanity to man to the art
lover and lay person alike. These are very important paintings that
transcend the limitations of the gallery space to speak to us all."
Dr Helen Bamber,
(former director of the Medical Foundation for
the Care of Victims of Torture):
"Ghislaine Howard's Stations
have a passionate roughness that calls out
to the viewer the meaning of Christ's suffering. They seem sublimely
right for the pain and confusion of Christ's Passion."
Sister Wendy Beckett:
"Howard is well on her way to becoming one of the great humanist
artists of our time."
Death's Broken Dominion
(PDF) - Laura
Gascoigne on The
March 22, 2008)
Stations have been featured a number of times on
television, most recently in BBC1 documentary, Who Do You Say I Am?,
and were the setting for a major new production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Vesalii
celebrate his seventieth birthday.
Ghislaine has been involved in
a number of exciting projects over this past year. As well as her
regular showings at the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, she has also been
involved with the seventieth
birthday celebrations of Sir
Peter Maxwell Davies - the Queen's Composer.
To celebrate this occasion a number of concerts were staged around the
including a two week festival of his music at the Royal Festival Hall.
Ghislaine worked with the extraordinarily gifted dancer Michael
Rolnick, the avant-garde musical ensemble Psappha and the
ENO director and choreographer Elaine Tyler Hall to
create a new interpretation of the composer's 1969 dance piece, Vesalii
dance routine was inspired by Ghislaine's work and features the dancer
who, to the music of a single cello, responds to Ghislaine's works
which are projected above him. Future collaborations are in the
She has been commissioned by the Liverpool
Cathedral to produce a large altarpiece, The
Empty Tomb. Ghislaine
has been inspired by the remnants of sleeping bags and blankets that
had seen in empty shop doorways around our large cities. It promises to
a major work that, as is the artist's major concern, speaks at once to
religious and secular audience.
Together with a piece by Tracey Emin, Ghislaine's
work will be one of the major highlights of the Cathedral's European
Capital of Culture 2008 celebrations.
She was also honoured by being the first contemporary artist to be
commissioned to produce The Washing of the Feet, a
new work for the Methodist Art Collection. The
collection, based at Oxford Brookes University, is currently touring
Although Ghislaine is noted for her large powerful, evocative figure
paintings, much of her work is founded upon a close scrutiny of her
immediate scene, often developing form small intimate sketches and
studies of herself and her family. Recently she has begun a series of paintings inspired by clothes
that are imbued with memories, happy and sad - clothes that appear to
have their own identities, their own stories to tell.
Following a recent commission Ghislaine has been inspired to produce a
series of intimate contemplation pieces. These are
either religious or secular in subject matter but have the same purpose
- to give to the viewer a sense of calm, of meditative space. Some of
these are small, jewel-like panels that can be slipped into a handbag
or piece of luggage and can be carried around from place to place, to
immediately humanise any interior and
to give a sense of stillness and purpose amongst the bustle of
In October 2004, The
Cynthia Corbett Gallery
collaborated with the Sheridan Russell Gallery in Marylebone, which has
led to a reawakening of critical interest in relation to Ghislaine's
work concerning pregnancy and birth. Her paintings will be the focus of
a chapter in a forthcoming publication on the subject of art in