Belfast Telegraph

Putting three artists in the frame

By Liz Baird

Dickon Hall Ltd, Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast, Tuesday, March 22–Saturday, April 23, Tues–Fri, 10am–5pm (closed 1-2pm), Sat 10am–2pm

Rather than holding a group exhibition, Dickon Hall has decided to keep the three artist’s works separate and run it as three solo shows. The artists concerned are Esther Brimage, Fiona Finnegan and RJ McDowell and all live and work in Northern Ireland.

After gaining a first class honours degree in printmaking in Bath, Brimage studied there for a fellowship in printmaking and since 2000 she has been a member of Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor.

This is her third solo exhibition, although she exhibits regularly in group shows. She has a very distinctive, rather stylised, pattern-conscious approach which makes her work instantly recognisable. Pictured above is her ‘Girl with a Patterned Scarf.’ People and portraits are her usual subjects, which she generally portrays in simple, soft, flat colour or a grainy, monochrome, all surrounded by a heavy outline.

Meanwhile, Finnegan completed her Masters in Fine Art in 2009 and in 2010 her work was selected for the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition in London. She too has a very distinctive, almost super-real style and chooses slightly unusual views of her subjects. She enjoys the craft of painting and her works currently explore the suspension of time.

Finally, McDowell is the oldest of the three and completely self-taught. In 2002 and 2003 he won Arts and Disability awards which resulted in two solo exhibitions. He approaches his subjects, generally landscape, with a boldly impressionistic style using rich colours and vigorous texturing and brushwork.

All three artists have styles which complement each other extremely well and the whole thing makes interesting viewing.

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