Saturday, November 5, 2011

ProjectArt @ Chapter One

ProjectArt @ Chapter One unveils
Running in Pairs

Michelin Star restaurant, Chapter One, is delighted to announce a new initiative to promote the work of artists in collaboration with the restaurant. ProjectArt @ Chapter One will work with young or emerging artists in Ireland to build a collection for display in the restaurant over the next ten years.

Inspired by a love of art and a passion for food, Chapter One’s chef, Ross Lewis, created ProjectArt @ Chapter One as a collaborative expression of the creative connectivity between art, food and the restaurant’s customers. Each commission, launched biannually, will coincide with the Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons.

Every six months the nominated artist’s brief will be to create a piece to grace the cover of Chapter One’s menu, while the original work will be displayed in the restaurant. There will also be a number of limited edition prints available to patrons.

The first commissioned piece is created by Irish based Norwegian artist Magnhild Opdol and is unveiled today (Thurs 27 October). The piece entitled Running in Pairs is a pencil drawing of two hares. “The work for Chapter One was inspired by the autumn and the hunting season”, Magnhild Opdol said. “I wanted to leave it quite simple and still, like an old Dutch painting of a food still life where they used game and vegetables and other raw food objects.”

Commenting on the new initiative, Ross Lewis pointed out that there are a lot of parallels between food and art. “Both require a flair and passion for creative thinking and delivery of something that is visually appealing and engaging. The first piece in ProjectArt, Running in Pairs, also has a double meaning that reflects this pairing.”

“The theme for ProjectArt @ Chapter One will be the interpretation of the connection between food and art. Each season, ProjectArt will reveal a new artist, using any media which can be expressed as abstract or realism.”

Ross concluded “We are very fortunate to be surrounded by artistic talent in Ireland and the thinking for this project came not only from our passion for the creative pairings, but also a wish to support young and emerging artists in Ireland. Martin Corbett and I have made a commitment to this project for 10 years and we are very excited to see the diverse representations artists will use to express this collaboration each season.”

Chapter One is fortunate to have the input of Barbara Dawson, Director Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions Hugh Lane Gallery and artists Fergus Martin (Aosdana) and Patrick T. Murphy (RHA) and are appreciative of their guidance, expertise and help when Ross & Martin are selecting artists.

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