he was the Sisters of Mercy in Tuam, the family vacation of Sheila Rennick in Achill, and “local madness, such as characters known as Greyhound, Hubba Bubba, and Johnny Lakes all fit the mind.” my imagination. Johnny, wearing sunglasses, will be standing in the square, topless, in white shorts, lifting beer crates. “
Time with her grandparents in Claremorris meant frequent trips to Knock. She said: “It was great to see the mix in the masses as a child, it was all very theatrical and interesting.
From his father, a veterinarian, and his mother, a pharmacist, Rennick brought “an entrepreneurial spirit and a care for people”.
While viewing Andy Warhol’s artwork at IMMA, Rennick found the “repeated bullhead patterns and floating silver pillows interesting.” Similarly, Saatchi YBA Feeling displayed as a teenager. And she also “had a lot to do with sitting in a pub as a child”.
“I think being allowed to sit and watch and get bored can spark your imagination. Pubs and cafes are great viewing spaces. Even now, in London, and even though I already have a 16-month-old, my half-Irish/half-Chinese husband will find a fun bar to chill out in. “
At the age of 16, Rennick, “a restless teenager”, got a position in NCAD. Her “rather innocent” portfolio includes a portrait of a tiger, torso of boy band, reggae artist Lee “Scratch” Perry, but she was “lost with painting” until five his third. She then did “a series of crime portraits and macabre black and white ink drawings of lynchings and fat clown-like figures in electric chairs. Work on instinct. I loved making it and my love of painting really began.”
Her brushstrokes are fluid and lush. “I like squeezing the tube, handling the thick oil paint, moving it around the canvas.”
Are dead white male painters weighing on her? “I like to think of dead male painters like Francis Bacon and Martin Kippenberger floating somewhere, steaming from alcohol and cadmium oil paint.”
Storytelling is important to Rennick. In the park recently, she chatted with a woman with a rescue dog from Crete. While her son Bill patted the dog, “she told me that she had just left her husband after 25 years, had just turned 50, and their children had grown up.
“She kept saying I don’t know why I’m telling you all this. I said say go. These brief encounters crept into my work. Life is hard. Everyone has a story, and I want my viewers to interact and create their own story.”
As a veterinarian’s daughter, animals also appear in Rennick’s work. “Combining humans and animals can create a circus-like quality” but she sees her work as “certainly incestuous.”
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‘Zero Perks’ recalls Rennick’s time working in a London office, where she learned professionalism, but quickly became aware of the “bad company structure and how workers lowered the chain of work”. rarely goes first. Dolly Parton summed it up perfectly in her song ‘9 to 5’ but my version is less troubling than Dolly.”
Before the pandemic, two men in an empty office, 4pm, Friday, clowning around, captured the massive drinking culture that existed in London.
“Woman, relaxed or lost, dressed for work, put on lipstick. The pre-pandemic office workers had to work in the office every day,” she said.
“Presentation is the name of the game. I work in a glass box and feel like an animal in a zoo. ‘Zero Perks’ is my feeling. “
Rennick’s work on ‘A Different Horizon’ at Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, through August 21; Wells Art Contemporary, Wells UK, until August 28. sheilarennick.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Showing: Two to see
Paintings from the Ultimate Gallery and Studio
Limerick artist Ramon Kassan is preoccupied with the landscape: fields that extend into the distance, the town at night, studio windows with sweeping views of the sea.
New work focuses on cities, suburbs and rural towns and explores local and national identities. Kassan also imagines paintings created in a studio space that is no longer in use.
Temple Bar Gallery, until September 10
Yellow, pink and blue horizon
O’Connell’s palette has always leaned towards Cerulean Blue, Magenta and Cadmium Yellow. The sea, sky and sun are celebrated in this new exhibition where bright colors, as Barry Kehoe says in Dream boatan accompanying text, “jump over work” and “push and pull”.
“They defied visual expectations, guided by the intentional creativity of the artist.”
Kevin Kavanagh until August 13
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/theatre-arts/what-lies-beneath-working-9-to-5-offers-little-appeal-for-sheila-rennick-41879263.html What lies underneath: Working from 9 to 5 offers little appeal to Sheila Rennick