Helena Gorey




Helena Gorey
lives in the small rural towland of Burnchurch in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Her home is a cottage situated
in pastoral landscape close to where she grew up with a view to a field with an almost perfect horizon line. One of her
earliest memories is picking blackcurrants in this field planted by her father. The experience of growing up and living in this
place and its surrounding nature has influenced much of her work, producing exhibitions such as 'The Orchard', 'Ground',
'The Blackcurrant Field', 'Two Trees' and 'Proscenium'.

Hers is not a desire to represent but to distill the essence of this place. Her approach is intuitive and much of her work is
developed slowly over time. She attempts to make works with a sense of depth that appear effortless. When not achieved
on first touch a process of layering from light to dark and dark to light is begun, in order to arrive home.

Aidan Dunne in his 5 star review of 'Proscenium in the |Irish Times, 6th March 2018 wrote

"Gerhard Richter once remarked that he aimed to make paintings that have the rightness of nature without imitating
nature. It's a good description of what Gorey achieves."
Curriculum Vitae

1978 -82                Limerick School of Art and Design
1982                      Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy
1983-85                 Kilkenny Design Workshops
1985-2000             Theatre Unlimited

Solo Exhibitions

2018                       Proscenium, Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin. The Glebe Gallery, Donegal and South Tipperary Arts Centre
2017                       Proscenium Studio Exhibition, Alternative Kilkenny Arts
2016                       Studio Exhibition, Alternative Kilkenny Arts
2013                       The Orchard, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
2006                       Two Trees, The Dock, Leitrim
                               In Memoriam, Canoflan Ucheldre Centre, Wales
2005                       In Memoriam, Kilkenny Arts Festival
2004                       Putting a Face to a Name, Lithuanian Day of Welcomes, Kilkenny & Vilnius
                               What You Need for Painting, Sligo Art Gallery, Mermaid Arts Centre
2003                       What You Need for Painting, Limerick City Gallery
2002                       Ground, Studio installation, Kilkenny Arts Festival
2001                       The Blackcurrant Field, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Triskel Arts Centre,
2000                       Butler House, Kilkenny Arts Festival
1999                       Landscape and Memory, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery
1996                       Stranded, Jo Rain Gallery
1994                       Three Into Two, RHA Gallery
1991                       Blues, Temple Bar Gallery, Basement Gallery, Dundalk,
1986                       Theatre Unlimited, Kilkenny Arts Week
1984                       Butler House, Kilkenny Arts Week

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022                       Sunyata, Farmleigh Gallery curated by Mark St John Ellis
2021                       The Overhanging Garden, AKA Kilkenny Arts Festival
2020                       Highlanes Gallery Open Sublission
                               The Sky is Blue, Visual Carlow
                               'Between You and Me' Online Programme, Contemporary Irish Arts Centre Los Angeles,
                               Helena Gorey & Masashi Suzuki, NagGallery Online
2019                       nagOffsite at Rathfarnham Castle
2018                       Pathways 6 '..the lives we live..' Grangegorman Primary Care Centre
2017                       Coast – Lines, Irish Museum of Modern Art Peripheries Open, Gorey School of Art
2015 - 21                RHA  Annual Exhibition , Dublin
2014                       Celebrating 70 years of the Butler Gallery Collection
2008                       Temple Bar Gallery
2007                       RHA Gallagher Gallery
2005                       40 Shades of Green, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Memphis, Vilnius
2004                       Views from an Island; Contemporary Art from Ireland, Beijing and Shanghai
                               From the Centre to the Edge, Video exhibition from Ireland and Lithuania
                               Ecological Landscape symposium & exhibition, Kaunas, Lithuania
2003                       New Acquisitions, Irish Museum of Modern Art
                               New Acquisitions, National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick
                               Irish Art Today, Civic Theatre Gallery Tallaght
2002                       Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery (also, 2001,1991, 1995, 1999)
1999                       EV+A 99 Reduced, Limerick City Gallery of Art (also 1992, 1987)
1997                       Lingua Oculorum, Beltable Arts Centre, Limerick
                               Six Artists, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
1996                       Art of the State, touring Ireland
                               Claremorris Open Exhibition (also 1989, 1994)
1995                       Monaghan Open Exhibition (also 1993)
1994                       XXVI Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
1989                       GPA Awards for Emerging Artists, Douglas Hyde Gallery


2020                       Artworks award Carlow Arts Festival/Visual Carlow
                               Highly commendedAward Highlanes Open Submission
2019                       Artlinks Professional Development Bursary
2017                       Arts Act Grant, Kilkenny County Counci
2006                       CCAT Award for touring, Wales
2005                       Project Award Kilkenny County Council
2004                       Travel and Mobility Award, The Arts Council. Residency Kaunas and Nida in Lithuania & Ballinskelligs  
2001                       Publications Assistance Grant, The Arts Council
1995                       Painting Award, Iontas and 1st Prize, Monaghan Open Exhibition
1994                       George Campbell Memorial Travel Award
                               Residency, Fondacion Valparioso, Mojacar, Spain

Public Collections

The Irish Museum of Modern Art
Highlanes Gallery
Limerick City Gallery of Art
The Arts Council
Office of Public Works
Butler Gallery
Glebe Gallery
Contemporary Irish Art Society
National Self Portrait Collection

Selected Bibliography

2019                       nagOffsite documentary publication of projects at Rathfarnham Castle curated by Mark St.John Ellis
2018                       Proscenium, Artist's monograph with text by Rob Pearson & RHA Spring Newsletter
                               'What you get is more than what you see' Aidan Dunne 5 star review, The Irish Times  6th March
2015                       Art & Architecture of Ireland Volume V: Twentieth Cenury by Catherine Marshall &
                               Peter Murrey, published by the Royal Irish Acadamy.
2013                       'The Orchard in which Art Grew' Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times 1st April.
2006                       'Spaces for the Imagination', Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 30th August.
                               'Just Don't Say I Know What I Like' Gemma Tipton, Irish Times 18th of February
2005                       In Memoriam, Essay - Lisa Moran
                               Kilkenny Arts Festival, Visual Arts catalogue - curator Mike Fitzpatrick
                               'Ravashing Images and Space to Dream' Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 18th August
2004                       Ecological Landscape – curator Gintautas Vaicys
                               Circa 108, What you need for Painting – Sarah Brown
                               'In Essence' Marianne Hartigan, Sunday Tribune 2nd of May
2003                       What you need for Painting, Essay – Donna McGreevy
2002                       'The Perfect Sight for Clear Vision', Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 13th August
2001                       Focus 2, Gandon Editions, Essays – Catherine Marshall & Ruairi O'Cuiv
                               'Absolut Art or Absolute Adverts ? ' Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 15th August
                               Review, Alana Hopkins, The Irish Examiner 5th of November
                               Review, Mark Ewart, Irish Times, 7th November
                               Rattlebag Radio Review – Diarmuid de Paor
1999                       Review, Marian Lovett, The Sunday Times, 24th January
1996                       Review, Medb Ruane, The Sunday Times, 23rd June
1991                       Blues, Essay- Brian Fallon


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