‘Gallery 545: Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland #2’ – online exhibition – to 31 May

‘Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland #2’, is an annual major group exhibition curated by Gallery 545 and presenting over twenty emerging and more established artists based in Northern Ireland. Due to COVID-19 this year it is running online at www.gallery545.com between 3 – 31 May. This exhibition celebrates the wealth of talent is this region showcasing a diverse selection of exciting artworks encompassing paintings, works on paper, objects and textile pieces.

This selection features evocative paintings by Lisa Ballard, Charlie Scott and Wendy Ferguson, and mixed media pieces by Katherine St Angelo, all drawing inspiration from natural landscapes encountered here and around the world and the artists’ emotional responses to them. Natural scenery appears again in Ashley Holmes’ psychological landscapes reflecting states of mind, and nature also inspired Anushiya Sundaralingam’s unique fine art prints. A completely different landscape can be found in Dan Ferguson’s work depicting singular urban spaces.

Several figurative paintings represent human figures, from the striking portraits by Noel Murphy and Craig Donald, to the fascinating or mysterious women by Rosie McGurran, Trina Hobson and Rachel Lawell, and the intriguing subjects by Aimee Melaugh. In ceramics, Elham Hemmat also creates human figures, each highlighting the uniqueness of every human being.

                                                                       Lisa Ballard, Desert Cacti Shapes, 2019


Many abstract works are featured: the bright and bold paintings by Natalia Black, Ronan Bowes and Latisha Reihill, the geometrical abstracts by Ray Duncan, and other beautiful abstract compositions by Janet Keith. Among the abstract pieces are also the delicate patterns by Grace McMurray and Alacoque Davey produced with different media, and innovative objects by Kevin Miller. Abstract elements also dominate Karl Hagan’s paintings evoking historical events.

Viewers will have the opportunity to discover and explore recent artworks by many accomplished artists, who have achieved recognition locally and internationally, and appreciate the diversity and originality of artistic practices in Northern Ireland.

All the exhibiting artists are supported and promoted by Gallery 545, an online and pop-up gallery specialising in contemporary art of Northern Ireland and operating from Belfast. All their artworks are available to view and purchase online at www.gallery545.com, for sales and enquiries, you can contact the gallery at hello@gallery545.com or 07960 130414.

Trina Hobson, Between Here and Beyond, 2019

Francesca Biondi, Art Director and Curator at Gallery 545 commented: ‘I am thrilled to exhibit online many original artworks by incredibly talented artists based in Northern Ireland. This exhibition was scheduled to run at the Sea Holly Gallery in Belfast, and even if this gallery is now closed due to COVID-19, we can still make it happen online. Artists are facing numerous challenges because of the current difficult situation, including the lack of opportunities to show their work at physical galleries and art fairs, so now more than ever it is fundamental to use digital platforms to continue to promote them. I am delighted to be in the position to support them and showcase and sell their art through Gallery 545’s professional curated e-commerce website

Gallery 545 is an online and pop-up gallery specialising in contemporary art of Northern Ireland and offering a special selection of affordable artworks and fine art prints created by talented artists based here.

The gallery celebrates the creativity of emerging and more established artists across the region and supports their practice providing a curated platform where they can showcase and sell their works. Having an online presence, but also pop-up exhibitions, the gallery brings art to a wide range of people with different tastes and budgets who love contemporary art, making it easier for them to access, discover and collect art works. Gallery 545 also offers advisory services and private viewing at their office in Belfast city centre (subject to government movement restrictions with Covid-19).

Gallery 545 was established in 2018 by art consultant Francesca Biondi who is responsible for its management and development. Originally from Tuscany in Italy, Francesca worked in the arts sector in London before moving to Belfast in 2000, where she started working for arts organisations and with artists in Northern Ireland. Over the last twenty years, Francesca recognised the extraordinary talent of many artists based here and started collecting their art. More recently, she saw an online and pop-up gallery space as a great opportunity to help them to grow and promote their practice, and also to reach many art lovers and art collectors looking for affordable art pieces to own and cherish. Her vision and her passion for fine art led her to set up Gallery 545.

Francesca Biondi, Art Director & Curator Gallery 545 – hello@gallery545.com – 07960 130414

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