Sunday, October 17, 2010

Until the End - Droichead Arts Centre

"Beware", pencil on paper and sculpture, 2010
"Circle", pencil on paper and sculpture, 2010
Installation view
Installation view
The exhibition continues until 20th November 2010 in the Stockwell Street Gallery

Until the End - Droichead Arts Centre

Installation views from my show "Until the End" in Droichead Arts Centre.
The exhibition is open until the 20th November 2010 in the Stockwell Street Gallery.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tony O'Malley Residency 2011

“23rd of December”, pencil on paper, 56 x 69 cm. 2010

I’ve been so fortunate to be the first recipient of the Tony O’Malley Studio Residency 2011. The residency is in Callan, a small town ten minutes outside Kilkenny. It’s a beautiful big house and studio, so in November I’m gonna pack up my studio, my boyfriend Jonathan and our flat in Dublin and move down. The residency, administered by the RHA, is awarded on an annual basis to an artist who wishes to work primarily in the medium of paint, so I’ll be making some new work using paint and color in the coming year.

About Tony; During his lifetime Tony O’Malley was the recipient of subsidised studios and accommodation in St. Ives, Cornwall. Administered by the Arts Council of Great Britain it offered the artist time to concentrate on creating work. Jane O’Malley has never forgotten the privilege of those decades for herself and Tony. A number of years ago she acquired Tony’s family home in Callan Co. Kilkenny. Jane, working with her architect, set about renovating the building into a first class facility for an artist to live and work in and in association with the Royal Hibernian Academy Jane O’Malley now wishes to offer this home/studio to an artist on an annual basis.

To see images of the studio, go to:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

FUTURES 10 at the RHA

Images from my work in FUTURES 10 at the RHA
Exhibition view: “First Circle” sculpture, “Confabulation” I-II-III, lambda prints, “Paradiso”, pencil on paper
Exhibition view
Exhibition view
"Irresistible" pencil on paper

Futures 10 continues to October 24th 2010

Galleries 1, 2 & 3

Artists: Oisin Byrne, Rhona Byrne, Fiona Chambers, Niall de Buitlear, Damien Flood, Magnhild Opdøl and Ailbhe Ni Bhriain

For more information see
or read Aidan Dunnes' review on

FUTURES 10 at the RHA

Images from my work in Futures 10 at the RHA
Exhibition view
“Det er meget uheldig, for deg!” sculpture, "Uheldig" I-III pencil on paper
“Det er meget uheldig, for deg!” sculpture
From the left "23rd of December Part II" sculpture, "23rd of December" pencil on paper, "23rd of December Part III", sculpture
"The Great Escape" sculpture, "Beginning With The End Of The Tale" 1-5 pencil on paper

Futures 10 continues to October 24th 2010

Galleries 1, 2 & 3

Artists: Oisin Byrne, Rhona Byrne, Fiona Chambers, Niall de Buitlear, Damien Flood, Magnhild Opdøl and Ailbhe Ni Bhriain

For more information see
or read Aidan Dunnes' review on

Monday, August 16, 2010

"Turn of Events" at Cork Contemporary Projects

"Beginning With the End of the Tale" drawings 2009, "A Different Kind of Problem" taxidermy mouse under glass dome 2009
"23rd of December" drawing 2010 "23rd of December-Part Two" sculpture under glass dome 2010
"Turn of Events" drawing 2010, "Turn of Events-Part Two" sculpture 2010

"Turn of Events" at Cork Contemporary Projects

View from Cork Contemporary Projects, Cork

Monday, August 9, 2010

"Turn Of Events"

Not Yet Titled, pencil on paper, 2010

Cork Contemporary Project Space is delighted to announce its last exhibition in its current space. ‘Turn of Events’ is a solo exhibition by Norwegian born, Dublin based artist Magnhild Opdøl. It is curated by Galway Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Officer Maeve Mulrennan. ‘Turn of events’ opens at 6pm on Wednesday 11th august in The Space, Top Floor, 7 South Mall, cork city. The exhibition runs until Friday 20th august. For directions & opening hours please refer to

The main body of Magnhild Opdøl’s recent work is an investigation into the nature of death. Everything has its’ time: after death all that remains is documentation or the memory of the person, the place or object. This new series of works deals with the idea of the end as the beginning, giving a new lineage to the images and objects that are created, where the past stops a new story begins.
For the artist, pencil and paper is a pure and poetic way to approach new matters, allowing her to get close to the subjects that she is working with. All of her work can be seen as a form of drawing, from sculptures to works on walls. The other work in taxidermy allows Opdøl to bring back once dead animals to life by placing them in a new light, giving them a new tale to tell in their sculptural form. Behind every sculptural piece there is a personal history, they are things the artist has grown up with, cared for and lived with. Dead things intrigue Opdøl, not the act of death but the object before and after the fact. There is an inherent beauty contained in something so sad and dark in death. Opdøl wishes to capture the essence of this beauty in her work. In John Hutchinson’s book ‘The Bridge’ (2008) he describes beauty as
(It is) deeper, clearer, and more substantial. Beauty is normally only revelled by an attitude of detachment and affectionate attention. It is not inherent in an object, nor is it projected. Beauty lies in oneness, shared by the maker, the object, and the viewer.”p8
As the artist gets further away from her home in rural Norway, she perceives things about the country and its culture more objectively, and the Scandinavian sense of humour seeps into her work. Some pieces aim to make you smile at first but there is a twist in the tail before the ‘truth’ is revealed.
Magnhild Opdøl holds a BA and an MFA (Painting) from NCAD. She has exhibited extensively in Scandinavia and Ireland, in both group and solo projects. Her next exhibitions include a group exhibition in the RHA and a solo exhibition in Galway Arts Centre.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo

Images from "Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo" Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, curated by Davey Moor. All photographs courtesy the gallery.
The exhibition runs until 27th August 2010.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Upcoming Exhibition

Above, clockwise from top left:
Jonathan Mayhew, otto the otter sings bonnie prince billy, pencil on paper, 2009
Vanessa Donoso López, Untitled, mixed media, 2010
Magnhild Opdøl, Out on a Limb, taxidermied great tit on bronze branch, 2010
Lucy Sheridan, Bernard, oil & acrylic on canvas, 2010
Bennie Reilly, Healing Sweet Lips, oil on canvas, 2010
Geraldine O'Neill, Flora & Fauna, oil on canvas, 2010
Gabhann Dunne, Jumping the Tillim, oil on canvas, 2010
Marcel Vidal, Run Rabbit Run, oil on canvas, 2010
Anne Kelly, The Wanderer, watercolour and pencil on fabriano, 2010


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Monday, June 14, 2010


Pencil on paper, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

"Unfamiliar Territory"

Pencil on paper, 120x60 cm, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Draiocht Exhibition Preview

"Study Skin I", pencil on paper, 2010
"Study Skin II", taxidermy bird, silk ribbon, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Exhibition Opening in Draiocht

"Lucky Charm" pencil and ink on paper, 2010

You are invited to the preview of
Magnhild Opdøl
Three Birds and a Rabbit
On Friday 4 June 2010 at 7.00pm
Exhibition continues until 28 August 2010
Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Pencil on paper, 2008.
Private collection.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Stop Looking At Me

Pencil on paper, 28 x 40 cm, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Beast

Pencil on paper, 2008

Thursday, May 6, 2010

VU 2010

Vestlandsutstillingen 2010, Eidfjord, is opening today and runs until 13th of June.
For more information see

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Work in progress

Pencil on paper, 120 x 60 cm, detail

Monday, April 12, 2010