Belfast Telegraph

So, what do these remind you of...?

By Liz Baird

Canvas, Gallery, Belfast, Until June 25, Mon–Fri 9.30am–6pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm

The work of four Northern Irish sculptors — Patrick Colhoun, Philip Goss, Hugh Clawson and Shauna McCann — has been brought together for a unique exhibition. Patrick Colhoun, who has 10 pieces on show, including those pictured above, says: “I strive to be unique and my work will divide opinion. It is strong and masculine, certain pieces are animal-like.

“My work touches on subjects like sexual deviancy, containment, aggression, with hints of religious symbolism, making distasteful subjects into attractive physical forms.”

There are also some great pieces by self-taught Philip Goss who works primarily in Irish bog oak and bronze. Meanwhile, Hugh Clawson has been hailed as “a new, raw talent”. He says: “My work focuses on the history of industry within Northern Ireland, by taking old financial documents from long established companies, and adding life to the page through art.”

For the gallery itself this is also a fantastic opportunity to showcase a wide array of work.

“Ireland has such a high calibre of homegrown artists,” says CANVAS owner Paul Evans.

“We want to stretch people’s perception of sculpture, by moving away from tradition, and into a contemporary age.”

For more information on the exhibition tel: 028 9022 2727.

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