Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host the inaugural solo exhibition of sculpture by Joe Neeson opening on Friday 6th July and running until Saturday 28th July 2018.
Joe Neeson studied at both Limerick School of Art And Design and the Crawford College of Art and Design between 1992 and 1996. He moved to New York where he worked in The Bedi Makki Art foundry in Brooklyn. Joe currently lives and works in Cork with a studio space in the National Sculpture Factory.
Joe has been focusing on public sculpture since the year 2000, producing large scale public works for Kerry, Cork, Mayo and Kildare County Councils. He has also produced work for Duchas and Government departments of Justice and Agriculture and corporations such as Ely Lilly and Shannon Development. He was awarded the Thomas Dammann Jnr. Memorial Trust Award in 1996.
The Solomon Gallery exhibition will focus on Neeson’s most recent small scale contemporary sculpture. Allowing himself a freedom and spontaneity that’s not possible with large commissioned works Joe plays with materials, forms and texture to produce sleekly sculpted contemporary forms, each with a sense of fluidity or movement. Highly polished surfaces in vibrant orange, cobalt blue and luminous white gloss finishes provide contrast with other work which is deeply textured with richly weathered, eroded surfaces. The materials used also vary greatly; from wood, resin, cast bronze and polished stainless steel.
His work has been exhibited in Iontas, Sligo, The Lavitt Gallery, Cork, The Crawford Gallery, Cork, The RHA, Dublin and Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney.