Crossing The Salt
An Exhibition by Gabhann Dunne
Townhall Cavan Gallery
Thursday 21st April to Saturday 18th June
10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday or by appointment, phone: 049 4380494
‘Crossing the Salt’, Dunne reflects on changes wrought by the journeyings of water and the migration of wildlife and what they have to tell us about our identity. Cristin Leach the Sunday Times art critic said of it “’Crossing the Salt’ is, in equal parts, disturbing and delightful, ambitious in scale but delicate and measured in its presentation”. Over sixty birds, painted on separate panels, plunge, swoop and fly in this large installation. Dunne uses colour and gesture to evoke the vulnerability and energy of his subject, and asks the viewer to think on issues of emigration, migration and absence, and our changing climate.
Gabhann Dunne is an Irish Artist based in Dublin. His work deals with environment, time and identity. He uses plants, landscapes and animals to build narratives about how we treat natural spaces. He has a particular interest in how paint and gesture can immerse us in a work and create empathy for its subject.
Dunne studied Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design. He is also a former winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award (2011) and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship the Whytes Award for Painting for his entry to the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition (2009). Dunne has exhibited widely, his recent solo shows include: The End of a Sure Beginning at the Molesworth Gallery (October 2021); Committed to Falling at the West Cork Art Centre and Crossing the Salt, first shown in Limerick City Gallery in July 2018 and again in April 2019 in Farmleigh Gallery. His work also featured in many group shows. Recent examples include: Park Life (April 2022, Glucksman Gallery); All Creatures Great and Small (2021, OPW Annual Touring Exhibition); 20,000 Winters (Dec 2020, The Ark); Three Past Three Months (Jun 2020, The Court House Gallery) and Dearly Beloved (Jun 2019, The Visual Carlow).
Dunne’s work is in public and private collections including: The Arts Council; the Office of Public Works; Axa; Facebook; De Loitte; Mason Hayes Curran; the Law Society of Ireland; Accenture and the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland. He has been commissioned by the Glucksman Gallery, the Ark and Facebook.
Gabhann Dunne is represented by the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin 2.