EXPLORING IDENTITY AND GENDER Artist Peter Bradley.
Peter Bradley’s current exhibition, ‘Sonder’, has been an immediate hit with visitors to the Linenhall Arts Centre’s gallery in Castlebar. This Thursday, March 3, at 5.30pm, the Galway-based oil painter will be at the arts centre to for a ‘meet the artist’ event. It will also be one of the last chances to catch the show, as it closes on March 5.
Bradley focuses predominantly on portraiture and figuration, with a particular interest in gender. Since graduating from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2014 with a first-class honours BA in Painting, he has exhibited work in group shows with The Royal Hibernian Academy, The Royal Ulster Academy, The Hermione Annual Exhibition, and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait prize in 2016 and Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2018. He was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award by the Galway City Council in 2017, and the RC Lewis Crosby Award for Painting in 2013.
Identity, gender, sex, and sexuality are prevalent themes in Bradley’s work. Having had an obsession with identity and gender from a young age, his investigation is driven by the artifice of social constructionism and is inspired by those individuals who do not feel constrained by outdated ideas of what is acceptable or expected of them.
His paintings are an analysis of identity presentation between and beyond the gender binary and a celebration of self-expression. Particular attention is paid to the evolution of modern masculinity and the increasingly widespread acceptance that what makes you male is not what makes you a man.
The title painting of the exhibition, ‘Sonder’, is a portrait of Nigerian-Irish spoken-word artist Felicia Olusanya, whom he saw perform at K-Fest in Killorglin performing under her stage name, Felispeaks. He felt compelled to paint her portrait after hearing her speak ‘so passionately about feminism, womanhood, identity and Nigerian culture’.
This event is free, but space is limited. To book a place, visit www.thelinenhall.com or call 094 902 3733. Doors open at 5pm.