Scientist Karl Gaff proves art is his poison when Ireland’s biggest art fair returns to the RDS until Sunday.
he Dubliner is one of over 160 exhibitors at Art Source and his work shows how toxins like cyanide can be transformed into spectacular works of art.
Gaff combines his love of science, nature and photography by creating photographic art from chemicals and collections found in nature.
“Nature is the artist, I am only her photographer. I supply her with the ingredients and she weaves them into the most wonderful shapes,” he said.
An indoor sculpture garden guarded by a two meter tall Irish Wolfhound sculpted by Patrick O’Reilly, featuring top Irish and international artists, is the centerpiece of the weekend show.
Hosted by Gormleys Fine Art, the garden also features works by Salvador Dali, Giacinto Bosco, Ian Pollock, Eamonn Ceannt and Bob Quinn.
A stunning work on the life of Queen Elizabeth II was also unveiled at the show by Vincent Devine, famous for his celebrity paintings.
Meanwhile, sustainability expert Geraldine Carton is in the spotlight for her vibrant paintings of Dublin’s treasured landmarks.
She’s one half of the Useless Project, which helps people lead more sustainable lives – and her motifs include flower sellers on Grafton Street, canal walks in Portobello and the Poolbeg Towers.
More than 15,000 visitors are expected to attend Art Source, which also hosts an exhibition of works by Damien Hirst, the world’s richest living artist, who recently burned hundreds of his artworks live online.
“The event is where the industry comes together to see what’s going on in the Irish art world and this year is our biggest yet with the widest range of art styles anywhere in Ireland,” said show organizer Patrick O’ Sullivan.
Admission is €10 for adults, children under 16 are free when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. See Artsource.ie.
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