Gypsy Ray, a gifted and highly regarded artist/lecturer originally from the USA, has lived and worked just outside Johnswell in North Kilkenny since moving back to Ireland in the year 2000.
Her artistic practice consists of mainly photography and drawing.
Her drawings have been exhibited widely, including the Kilkenny Arts Festival Programme, the RHA annual exhibitions, and as part of the Townlands Project exhibitions.
They have been published twice in the RHA Annual exhibition catalogues, and are featured in the Townlands Project book among other publications.
Her drawings are in the Kilkenny County Council Collections.
The works in the exhibition are taken from two sources. The first being Ray’s fascination of blind contour drawings (not looking at the paper when drawing someone or something).
These blind contour portraits are a product of that fascination and she keeps returning to this process with new ideas in mind.
In 2009 Ray began to create series of drawings and photographs inspired by rural landscapes she has inhabited and known, by memories of her childhood in rural Illinois and by past and ongoing experiences of the rural landscape of North Kilkenny where she has lived for many years and has beena ccepted into the local community.
The landscape drawings shown in the exhibition resulted as part of this work.
The works in the exhibition are very different but what is central to both series of works is the excitement of experimentation and where it might end up.
Kilkenny Arts Office are delighted to launch - Gypsy Ray Drawings - an exhibition of drawings by Gypsy Ray - on Thursday, May 4 from 6pm- 8pm in Kilkenny Arts Office, 5 Dean Street, Kilkenny
The exhibition continues: 11am to 5pm Friday, May 5 and then Tuesday to Friday 11am - 5pm until May 26.