Seán Gallagher

Seán Gallagher

26 July to 17 August 2019
Studio open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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The work conducted during this residency is two-fold: portraiture in landscape will be generated as well as depictions of seascapes. The portraits are images of students at Central Connecticut State University who face particular challenges, based on race, ethnicity, and religion, which are enacted in the rendering of surrounding ground in which they stand. The seascapes, also symbolic in nature, are part of a series entitled These Wine-Dark, Warming Currents which references the global challenge of climate change. Seán will continue with this work, as well as landscapes/seascapes near Skibbereen, using the opposite palette of those ocean images.

Seán Gallagher's recent work includes Emerging, a series portraying individual students from Central Connecticut State University, 'emerging' or 'becoming', within a thematically and aesthetically linked context or background and A Child in Song, images depicting children absorbed in the act of singing.

Stories of People and Places
Illustrated Talk
Friday 2 August | 12 noon
Free Event
Seán presents an Illustrated Talk which includes stories about people through their presentation in symbolic landscapes, as well as considerations of emblematic seascapes.

A native of the city of Chicago, US, Seán Gallagher attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and St. Ignatius College Prep; Indiana University (B.A. - English Literature; B.F.A. - Printmaking) and the University of Arizona (M.F.A. - Painting and Printmaking). He is Professor of Art at Central Connecticut State University since 1993. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Andrea, who is a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, and his daughter, Fiona, who sings spontaneously.

For further information see and Instagram: seanpatrickgallagherbrrrooklyn


WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.

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