Michael Canning, The Respectful Distance
Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of new work by Limerick based artist, Michael Canning.
‘The Respectful Distance’ presents its audience with thirteen paintings that continue the artist’s philosophical and emotional response to the world that surrounds his home. Weeds or wild flowers stand in the foreground, dominating a panel with a long, ethereal landscape sweeping the background.
Although Canning’s practice stems from a conceptual source with sculpture his primary medium, these paintings draw from a Northern Renaissance well. While, in a sense, the weeds dominate and are objectified, these are not Still Life paintings. Rather than merely breathing life into the inanimate, Canning’s aim is to ask the viewer to consider hierarchies, the relationships between imagery and its meanings, matter and its transformations, history, memory and fact.
Michael Canning studied Sculpture at Limerick School of Art & Design, and at The School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece. He completed an MA in Painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, in 1999. Michael is a Lecturer at the Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, and has taught on the Sculpture and Combined Media and Painting courses.
In 2007 Michael was awarded a Fellowship by The Ballinglen Artists Foundation. He was awarded the Hennessy Craig Prize by the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2005.
Selected recent exhibitions include In Residence, Oliver Sears Gallery, Fitzroy Sq, London, Artists’ Rooms, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Language and Information, Waterhouse & Dodd, London, Things Go Dark, Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, and Interlude, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. His work is in private and public collections internationally, including Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, University of London, The National Self Portrait Collection at University of Limerick, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and Limerick City Gallery of Art.