Archive for September, 2010

Public Lecture By Simon Knowles

Monday, September 20th, 2010

“Frank Phelan: The Persistence of Modernism”

The new Wandesford Quay Gallery will open late on Culture Night with a public lecture at 7.30pm called ‘Frank Phelan: The Persistence of Modernism’. The talk is presented by Mr.Simon Knowles Lecturer in Art History UCC and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. The gallery will remain open until 11pm.

Frank Phelan and Donal Moloney

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

With opening introductions by Donal Gallagher and John Aldus

13th September - 2nd October


Phelan’s Paintings broach areas of concern in an informed, highly literate way…His documented track record weaves him Zelig-like, into a major strand of Irish 20th century art history.


Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 2004

Donal Moloney

Donal Moloney was born in Cork in 1984. He completed his B.A. in Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork (First Class Honours) in 2007. He was awarded the U.C.C. purchase prize, the C.I.T. registrar’s prize and the Post-Graduate studio bursary at the Backwater Artist Studios. In 2008 he exhibited in numerous group shows including Selected works from the University College Cork collection‚ in West Cork Arts Centre and This Rather Than‚ in Galway Arts Centre and was awarded an Individual Artist’s Bursary from Cork City Council Arts Office. Donal completed an M.F.A. in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (Distinction) in 2010. Whilst there he co-edited the Slade School of Fine Art Master’s Print Publication and was awarded the Andor Scholarship. His practice and research involves investigating ideas on time, perception and intention in painting as well as the links between art and craft. He currently lives and works in London.

Frank Phelan

Born in Dublin. Educated by the Christian Brothers James Street Dublin and at Rockwell College Co.Tipperary, later a student at The Royal Architectural Institute of Ireland, employed as a draughtsman in a Dublin in a structural engineering practice. In 1953 he emigrated to Toronto Canada where he worked in various jobs, attended art classes at the Doon School of Art in Ontario. He then returned to Ireland, and subsequently London living in a house with the sculptor Frank Morris.

To be in London and artistically ambitious at this time was hugely exciting. A spell as a stagehand at the famous Stratford East Theatre directed by Miss Joan Littlewood, where he designed sets for Unity Theatre & Charles Marowitz’s open space Theatre, London. He was invited by Nancy Wynne Jones to stay in her house Nr., Penzance as one of artists in residence. There he met and became friends with Tony O’Malley, who introduced Frank to other artists including Roger Hilton, Bryan Wynter and Patrick Heron. Frank particularly admired the work of Peter Lanyon. A frequent visitor was the sculptor Conor Fallon. In 1961 he returned to London, maintaining contacts and visits to St Ives, he rented a studio close to the Michelin building off the Fulham Road. He had his first one man show, at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh by Richard Demarco which turned out to be a very fruitful partnership. Frank was part of the Demarco inaugural exhibition at his new gallery and this was followed by another one man show. His work was included in an exhibition of contemporary British Painting at the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw. His work is included in the Office of Public Works Ireland. Frank is delighted to be given the opportunity to show new works at the Wandesford Quay Gallery.

This exhibition has been facilitated by Christine Pybus and curated by Harry Mc Cormick