Following inclusion in the annual exhibition of Turner watercolours in the National Gallery of Ireland earlier this year, Irish printmaker, Niall Naessens brings his ‘Good Morning Mister Turner’ exhibition to the Siamsa Tíre Galleries. The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday 5th October(today) at 6pm by Anne Hodge (Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland) – all are welcome to attend. The exhibition will include a series of etchings and drawings by Naessens constituting a meditation on landscape, inspired by the work of J.M.W. Turner. The exhibition is open from 1st October to 30th November 2018.
Based in Brandon in Kerry, Naessens has long been interested in the work of the great nineteenth-century artist Turner. Responding to the Gallery’s collection of Turner watercolours, Naessens acknowledges the unavoidable influence that the artist exerts over the field of landscape today. He approaches Turner’s work obliquely, not as images to be imitated or even interpreted, but as a means of looking at the landscape.
Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland, says:
“The art of both Turner and Naessens combines the ordinary and the extraordinary. Both artists manipulate landscape, subtly changing things to suit their purpose.
Showing the work of these two artists in the National Gallery of Ireland demonstrates how Turner is still a forceful presence, inspiring and prompting today’s artists to create new and exciting work.”