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Eithne Jordan
Street Stills
from the 28th of October to the 2nd of December 2011
from Tuesday to Friday 3 pm-7 pm

Opening Thursday the 27th of October
from 7pm

With a text by Ilaria Bernardini

Bare of people, and eschewing the well known tours of architectural highlights, Eithne Jordan’s paintings focus on the contemporary urban enviromnent -  factory roofs, subway tunnels, underpasses, apartment blocks , car parks and  housing estates –   the familiar yet often forgotten sites in cities such as Paris, Rotterdam, Berlin, Vienna, and most recently Dublin.
She uses photography as an integral part of the process of generating the imagery, taking hundreds of photographs on working trips to various cities.  Her eye is that of a brief passer-by, an outsider looking in.  Back in the studio  decisions about the imagery and the composition are then made through a process of selecting and remembering, leading to the small gouaches and later the oil paintings. Jordan narrates cities that are at once familiar yet hauntingly strange. Within the spaces depicted, although evidence of human habitation is everywhere -as in a lit window or a passing car- an explicit human presence is rare, so that there is a melancholy  vacancy to to most of the scenes.  This is accentuated by her treatment of the nuances of light and weather: the darkness of a February afternoon, the reflected light of a fresh snowfall, or the distictive hue of halogen street lights.
There is always a suggested possibility of narrative, and the paintings are pregnant with action that is either to come, or else is taking place just out of view. What is revealed is an an intimate portrait of a city left for a moment to be simply itself.

Eithne Jordan graduated from Dun Laoghaire School of Art, Dublin in 1976.  She subsequently lived for periods of time in London and Berlin, where she studied at Hochschule der Künste.  She currently divides her time between Ireland and France. She is one of Ireland’s leading figurative painters. She has exhibited widely in Europe, and received numerous awards, including a DAAD scholarship n 1984 and a GPA award in 1986.  Her work is in major public and private collections in Ireland, Europe and the US. Recent solo exhibitions include: Rubicon Gallery, Dublin 2010 and 2007; West Cork Arts Centre, 2007; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2007; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, 2004. Selected group exhibitions include Fenton Gallery, Cork, 2008; NEXT, Chicago, 2008;  ARCO, Madrid 2008 & 2009; Art Rotterdam 2007, and Pulse Art Fair, New York, 2007.  Forthcoming solo exhibitons include  MAC Belfast, 2012, and RHA Gallery Dublin, 2012. Eithne Jordan is a member of Aosdana and the Royal Hibernian Academy.

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