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CURRENT WORK

PRUDENCE AND THE GAME OF GOLF  –  RHA Ashford Gallery 17 November – 20 December

Opening on Thursday 16 November, 6 – 8pm

This November, the RHA presents Abigail O’Brien RHA, Prudence and the Game of Golf in the RHA Ashford Gallery, a photographic, sculpture and sound installation.

Having completed Fortitude, The Collector, 2005 and Temperance, Oatfield Sweet Factory, 2009, Prudence is the third body of work in O’Briens series, The Temporal (Cardinal) Virtues, which are Fortitude, Temperance, Prudence, and Justice.

The word ‘virtue’ is derived from the Latin word Vir meaning mankind; male and female. It should be noted that Homer wrote almost exclusively about mighty men, great wars, adventures and encounters with monsters and today we would include women in similar terms. Virtues are guidelines and codes of conduct. The Temporal (Cardinal) Virtues are a treatise in dualism and every virtue has its vice. What today constitutes a virtue? How are these virtues transformed or perhaps sublimated into an acceptable form? Who today are the virtuous?

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

PRUDENCE AND THE GAME OF GOLF, RHA, Ashford Gallery 17TH November – 20TH December 2017

2015

WITH BREAD, Limerick City Gallery, January – March, 2015..

2014

WITH BREAD, The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon February 7th – April 5th, 2014. Touring to the Limerick City Gallery, 2015.

2013

WITH BREAD, – The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda until November 16th.

2012

AIRFIX DAYS, – The Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, October 19 – November 10. Click to download Gallery Catalogue

2011

TEMPERANCE, – 2009, January 2011 – April 25th, 2011, RHA Foyer

2011

TEMPERANCE, – 2010, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

2009

TEMPERANCE, – 2009, Letterkenny Municipal Arts Centre, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

2008

BELLA, – 2008, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

2007

BELLA, – 2007, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.

2006

CONFIRMATION- MARTHA’S CLOTH, – 2004, Gallerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

2005

FORTITUDE, – 2005, The John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago.

GARDEN HEAVEN – HOLY ORDERS, – 2001 – 2003, Centre Culture Irlandais, Paris.

THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS, – 1995 – 2004, The R.H.A. Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.

VITA ACTIVA, –The Rubicon Gallery.

2004

THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS, 1995 – 2004, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.

THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS, 1995 – 2004, The Kunstverein, Lingen, Germany.

2003

THE RAG TREE SERIES, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.

THE RAG TREE SERIES, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

2001

HOW TO BUTTERFLY A LEG OF LAMB a collaboration with Mary Kelly, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

2000

FROM THE OPHELIA ROOM – EXTREME UNCTION, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

FROM BAPTISM, The Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.

HOW TO BUTTERFLY A LEG OF LAMB a collaboration with Mary Kelly, Edinburgh Arts Festival.

1999

KITCHEN PIECES – CONFESSION AND COMMUNION, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria.

HOW TO BUTTERFLY A LEG OF LAMB, a collaboration with Mary Kelly, The Concourse, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Dublin.

1998

KITCHEN PIECES – CONFESSION AND COMMUNION, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

1996

BAPTISM, Old Museum, Belfast.

Man Eating Cream Bun installation, Habitat, Dublin.

BAPTISM, Häagen Dazs/Temple Bar Gallery Solo Award, Dublin.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

RHA Annual Exhibition, 2017

Bristle, Hair and Hegemony, The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. July 8th – Sept.

2016

Gut Instinct, Art, Food and Feeling, The Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork. November 5th – March 19th, 2017

RHA Members Exhibition, Nov. 15th – Dec. 21st, RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin

RHA Collection, 39th Clifden Arts Festival, 2017, Sept. 16th – 23rd, Galway

186th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Open Exhibition, March 22nd – June 11th

Jardin, Kunstraumlangenloise p.p., Austria, April 5th – May 1st

2015

185th RHA Annual Exhibition

New Acquisitions, The RHA, Dublin, January – April

2014

Re Framing the Domestic, The Highlanes Gallery, April – August

RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, May – Sept

Spring Exhibition, Peppercanister gallery, Dublin, March

2013

Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art from EU Members States. Representing Ireland. Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, April 2013.

Janus, The Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, January 17 – February 9th.

Handicraft. Materials and Symbolism, Museum der Kunst, WestKüste Det Paulsen Legaat gemeinnützige, GmbH, Hauptstraße 7 • D-25938 Alkersum, March 2nd.

2012

Ateliers and Kitchen, Laboratories of the Senses, Marta Herford, Germany, opened May 11th.

Kinsale Arts Festival Ireland, opened July 7th

7:42, Irish Contemporary Art, Kaapelitehtaan Valssaamossa,The Cable Factory , Helsinki. With Mary Kelly, Sean Cotter and Thomas Brezing. 8.03.12. – 26.03.12. Touring to The High Lanes Municipal Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland, opens May 4th, 2012.

2011

Apertures and Anxieties – Artists celebrate 300 years of Trinity College School of Medicine, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, November 15th – December 21st.

Christmas Show,ArtCatto Gallery, Loule, Portugal, December 10th – End January 2012.

Christmas Show,Soloman Fine Art Gallery, Dublin, December 1st – Mid January 2012.

7:42, Irish Contemporary Art, Lapua Museum of Art, Lapua Finland. With Mary Kelly, Sean Cotter and Thomas Brezing. 14.12.2011 – 26.2.2012. Touring to The Cable Factory , Helsinki in March and The High Lanes Municipal Gallery, Drogheda, August, 2012.

Christmas Group Show, The Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Balfe Street, Dublin, November/December , 2011.

Still, Peppercanister Gallery, 3 Herbert Street, Dublin 2. Opens Sept 8th 2011.

Cast 25, James Wray Gallery, Belfast, July 1st – July 26th.

Cast 25,Solomon Gallery, Dublin, May.

Altered Images, Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre, Co. Donegal, Ireland, May 17th – June 15th.

181st RHA Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin, May 24th -July 30th

Three Colours / Red, 2001. April/May 2011. A collaboration with Mary Kelly, SOMA Contemporary, Waterford.

Altered Images, 14th February – 29th April, Crawford Art gallery, Cork.

Children get choosy with IMMA, 22nd March – 9th April, Wexford Arts Centre, Co. Wexford.

2010

Summer Interval’10, Gallerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

Altered Images, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, June – August.

Sacred, June/July 2010, Dock Off-site, Enniskillen, Curator Linda Shevlin.

Let them Luv’ Cake, March 2010, at Cake Contemporary Arts, The Curragh Army Camp, Co. Kildare, Ireland.Click Here for more info

2009

Altered Images, 19th June – 5th August 2009, County Museum, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, in association with The Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Another Island, Contemporary Irish Art, March 2009, The American Historical Society, New York.

2008

Summer Interval 08, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

RHA 178th Annual Exhibition, February 2008, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Obra Nabarmenenak /Obras Fundamentals, Oct 2007 – Jan 1008, Sala Kubo-Kutxa, San Sebastian.

2007

RHA 177th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Gestures of Infinity, Kultutzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria.

2006

Einfach So, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

RHA 176th Annual Exhibition, (invited Artist) Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Ten Years in the Making, an Exhibition of Art from the State Buildings, 1995 – 2005, Farmleigh, Dublin.

National Self-Portrait Collection, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York.

Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2005

Happy Holiday, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin. 2005

Bread Matters, West Cork Arts Centre, West Cork, Ireland.

The Eye of The Storm, The IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

2004

Tir na nOg, new works from the I.M.M.A. Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Banquet Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.

From a Collection – For a Collection, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

In the time of Shaking, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Art Brussels, Paris photo. Fiac Paris, Art Cologne.

2003

Paris Photo

Child in Time, The Gemeentemuseum, Helmond, The Netherlands.

Art Cologne, The Basel Art Forum.

2002

Lerse Kunst uit de Collectie van het Museum Modern Art Te Dublin, Stedelijk Museum, Belgium.

Stories, Haus der Kunst, Munich.

Paris Photo, Basel Art Forum, and Art Cologne.

2001

From the Poetic to the Political, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

“Zwischenraum # 4” Arbeiten mit Fotografie, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

Basel Art Forum, Art Cologne.

2000

Series, Elke Dröscher Galerie, Hamburg.

Art Cologne, Basil Art Forum.

Der Monokulare Blick, Kunstverein Lingen, Lingen, Germany.

Zwischen – Raum, Galerie Seitz und Partner, Wielandstr, Berlin.

Zwischenraum # Editionen und Multiples, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.

Unschärferelation, Kunstverein Freiburg im Marienbad, Germany. Travelling tour to Kunstmuseum Heidenheim and Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken.

1999

Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political, 1999 – 2001, travelling U.S. exhibition (organised by I.C.I. New York and I.M.M.A. Dublin)

Silent Presence: Contemporary Still-Life Photography, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden- Baden and Bielefelder Kunstvere, 2000.

The Challenge of Power, Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, November.

Berlin Art Forum, Basil Art Forum.

Perspective 99, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

EV+A 99, Limerick City Gallery, Limerick.

Les Fleur du Mal, Galerie Seitz von Werder, Wielandstr.34, Berlin.

1998

EV+A 98, Limerick City Gallery, Limerick.

Art Forum Berlin.

Novisimos, Cortometrajes Mexicanos, Recientes en Cine y Video, Sala Luis Buñuel CCC/Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico, (a collaboration with Javier de la Garza).

Passport Exchange; (Ex) Change, National Polish Museum of Contemporary Art, Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland.

N.C.A.D. Postgraduate Show, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin, June.

1997

Passport Exchange, (Ex) Change, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.

Banquet Exhibition, RHA, Dublin

Figuration, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

1996

Waiting Spaces, Sheriff Street Post Office, site-specific work, Dublin.

Oriel Mostyn Open, Llandudno, Wales.

Iontas, Sligo, travelling to Dublin, Limerick and Derry.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

The Arts Council of Ireland.

National Self-Portrait Collection, University College Limerick, Ireland.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.

Office of Public Works, Ireland.

University College Limerick, Ireland.

The Caldic Collection, Rotterdam, Germany

The Museum of Modern Art Vienna, Austria.

European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany.

Goldman Sachs, London, UK.

Private Collections, Europe and North America.