With Christmas coming up there’s lots of good stuff on.
First up, the Mullan on the Lisburn Road, with works by Geoffrey Robinson entitled Tabletops, which are a selection of rather different still life compositions. It offers Robinson “infinite possibilities — the tabletop is my empty landscape, its tablecloth my field, its distant edge my horizon — the objects are my forests and trees to place wherever I fancy.”
Gormleys are currently previewing an exhibition of paintings by artist Jane Swanston, who is driven by the need “to discover the expressive potential of paint” and considers the journey she takes with each painting to be “of more importance than the destination.”
These ‘destinations’ have, however, come together in the Still Waters exhibition, a collection of works in which her vehicle of discovery is the rowing boat. It moves to Gormleys’ Dublin Gallery at the end of the week.
Meanwhile, Escaping from Belfast is the title of Colin Davidson’s current show in the Tom Caldwell Gallery. Focusing on street scenes in cities like Dublin, Paris and Chicago, Davidson is clearly fascinated by the reflections in windows. Full of colour, excitement, light and movement, we are sometimes behind the window, sometimes in front of it. Less interested now in the craft of applying paint, the artist concentrates more on capturing the ‘essence’ of his subjects.
These imaginative and exciting pieces of work are worth seeing.