Stephen McKenna

20th October - 26th November 2017

Stephen McKenna, Poussinesque - Euphoria, 2012, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm / 47.2 x 59.1 in   

Stephen McKenna 
Horse Chestnut Leaves  2012
oil on canvas
120 x 90 cm / 47.2 x 35.4 in  

Stephen McKenna, Pyrrhus, 2012, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm / 39.4 x 59.1 in

Stephen McKenna 
Palms and Leaves 2013
oil on canvas
135 x 100 cm / 53.1 x 39.4 in 
Stephen McKenna 
Palm Tree Pillar 2013
oil on canvas
180 x 120 cm / 70.9 x 47.2 in 
Stephen McKenna 
Tejeda - Sunset with Tree 2010
oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm / 19.7 x 27.6 in   
Stephen McKenna 
Domus Termini 2013
oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59.1 x 78.7 in   
 
Stephen McKenna 
Clouds 2014
oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm / 19.7 x 27.6 in  
Stephen McKenna 
Branchester Beach 2013
oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm / 19.7 x 27.6 in
Stephen McKenna 
Large Bedroom Interior 2014
oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm / 39.4 x 31.5 in   
Stephen McKenna 
Climbing 2014
oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm / 23.6 x 19.7 in  
Stephen McKenna 
After del Castillo 2014
oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm / 35.4 x 35.4 in  
Stephen McKenna 
The Temptation of St Anthony 2014
oil on canvas
120 x 160 cm / 47.2 x 63 in 
Stephen McKenna 
Large Night Interior 2016
oil on canvas
90 x 120 cm / 35.4 x 47.2 in  
Stephen McKenna
20th October - 26th November 2017
 

Kerlin Gallery is honored to present an exhibition by Stephen McKenna. Stephen McKenna was one of the first artists exhibited by Kerlin Gallery upon its founding in 1988 and he continued to exhibit with the gallery for almost thirty years until his death in May 2017. The exhibition is our way of celebrating his life and his legacy bringing together a broad selection of paintings produced within the last decade of his life, including landscape, still life, domestic interiors and street scenes. The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday 19 October, 6–8pm, and will close with a celebratory event as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend on Sunday 26 November, 3–5pm.

 

Stephen McKenna was the subject of many solo exhibitions over the course of his career, including Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2015); MiMA, Middlesborough (2014); RHA, Dublin (2005); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012, 2003); the Hans und Sophie Teuber Arp Foundation, Bonn (2000); the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (1994); the Irish Museum of Modern Art (1993); the Städtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (1986); the ICA, London (1985); the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1984) and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1983). He participated in Documenta 7 in 1982; Classical Spirit, SFMoMA and Falls the Shadow at the Hayward Gallery, London (both 1986); Avant Garde of the '80s, LACMA (1987) and Dreams & Traditions, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC (1997).

 

McKenna’s work is represented in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Tate Gallery, London; the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Städtische Sammlungen, Rheinhausen; Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands and in many other collections, both private and public, world-wide.

 

For further information, high-res images or interview requests, please contact Rosa Abbott, rosa@kerlin.ie.


Art Agenda

Dublin Gallery Weekend

30 November 2017

By challenging the assumption that the movement across borders is an homogenizing force, the work offers a reminder that the exchange of people, services and ideas can not only accommodate difference but stimulate new and hybrid forms.

That much is apparent in the work of Stephen McKenna, whose paintings are exhibited at Kerlin Gallery. McKenna—who was born and studied in London, spent most of his life in Ireland, and lived at various times in Belgium, Germany, and Italy—was once asked whether he considered himself to be English, Irish, or European. “Yes,” he answered, suggesting that if he did belong to any community it was that branch of eccentric European painting to which Rousseau, Morandi, and Spencer also belong. Paintings such as Pyrrhus (2012)—with its postmodern collapse of high and low references—serve as a reminder that this port on Ireland’s eastern seaboard has always been a site of exchange.—Ben Eastham

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RTÉ Arena

Stephen McKenna exhibition at Kerlin Gallery

23 October 2017

Radio review by Declan Long.

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The Irish Times

Stephen McKenna

20 October 2017

Sadly, the painter Stephen McKenna died last May. A popular man and a great, dedicated artist, he showed regularly with the Kerlin Gallery from its establishment in 1988. This exhibition, intended as a celebration of his life and legacy, features a representative selection of the work he made in the 10 years prior to his death. It includes examples of all the genres that preoccupied him: landscape, still life, domestic and studio interiors and allegorical figure compositions. The show will close with an event as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend on Sunday November 26th from 3-5pm.—Aidan Dunne

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