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Exhibition of ink works on paper by Lucan artist Dónal Geheran

Yayoi Kusama became the most expensive living female artist of all time with a $7.3 million sale of a painting called ‘White 28’ in 2014 by Christie’s. 89-year-old Japanese artist Kusama, pictured below, was an influential figure in the post-war New York art scene, staging provocative happenings and exhibiting works such as her “infinity nets”, hallucinatory paintings of loops and dots (and physical representations of the idea of infinity). Now, according to Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharp founder of the Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, we may have our own Kusama.

In 2015, Yayoi Kusama’s worldwide retrospective drew
such attention in Mexico City that extra security had to assist with the crowds and her frequent collaborations with luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton means she is never far away from the public eye. Kusama is widely known for her mesmerizing dot paintings, which she creates via an obsessive process of concentration.
Campbell-Sharp believes that a young artist from Lucan, Dónal Geheran, who shares the somewhat similar creative obsession as Kusama is not (as he has been described) an ‘outsider artist’. She believes that like Kusama he can be more properly described as an ‘insider artist’. By painting as if by osmosis and reacting to his state of mind he is demonstrating to us a positive if some what energetic picture of ‘another intelligence' whilst gaining release from his mental condition.


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