THE Carousel and Fair as metaphors for the Irish State is the theme being explored in a thought-provoking exhibition of new works by Laurence O’Toole, a Kilkenny based artist whose work which will be launched in Gormley’s Fine Art this month.
Laurence’s paintings challenge traditional ways in interpreting the many different landscapes of Ireland. He has a unique and subtle way of blurring the boundaries between physical and fantasy, which offers dramatic interpretations of nature and elemental forces.
Born in Bray, Co Wicklow in 1968, Laurence has been based in Kilkenny since 2003. His work looks at people’s want and desire for all that is bright and golden, what glistens with promise, regardless of the obvious omens and shadows of instability. It could be described as a reflection of the behaviour in Irish society during the boom.
Art enthusiasts are invited to visit the exhibition “The Carousel Series” at Gormleys Fine Art, 25 South Frederick Street, Dublin; it continues until March 17.