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The Tyranny of Ambition – Opening Curator & Artists’ talk

Join us on Saturday 26th November for a curator and artists’ opening talk for The Tyranny of Ambition, 3:15pm.


Some contemporary painting from Ireland and the United Kingdom curated by Graham Crowley.


Manar Al Shouha, Mollie Douthit, Gabhann Dunne, Stephen Dunne, Sarah Dwyer, Maria Emilov, Geraint Evans, Susie Hamilton, Jack Hickey, Claire Kerr, Ken Kiff, Eileen O’Sullivan, Niamh Porter, Paul Ringrose, John Stark, Judith Tucker, Lara Viana, Joanna Whittle, Tracy White Fitzgerald, David Wiseman.


The exhibition opening takes the form of an informal gallery talk with the curator and a number of the exhibiting artists, from 3.15pm, Saturday 26th November.


Cosmé McMoon: Mr. Bayfield, I am a serious pianist. I have ambition. I…


St Clair Bayfield: Oh, you think that I didn’t have ambition? I was a good actor. But I was never going to be a great actor. It was very very hard to admit that to myself. But once I had, I felt free from the tyranny of ambition. I started to live. Is ours not a happy world, Cosmé? do we not have fun?


Graham Crowley’s intention as a practising painter and curator of this exhibition is to share with a wider audience some less well known, delightful and fascinating contemporary painting by artists living in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The kind of painting that frustrates and subverts expectations. Painting that doesn’t rely upon celebrity or issue. Painting of true ambition.


The idea and subsequently the title for the exhibition was inspired by the film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’. One of the central characters declares that once he had faced up to what he called ‘the tyranny of ambition’ – only then could he start to live. To be happy.


‘The selection reflects – among other things – respect. It has nothing to do with what I ‘like’. Odd as it may sound, I don’t think about painting like that – and I think about painting quite a lot. It’s time the weary old adage – I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like – was consigned to history. I’ve discovered that the enjoyment of painting isn’t a matter of taste or approval – but reflection.


The question to ask is – “What do I make of this?”


Graham Crowley, October 2022

  • Type: Exhibition,Talks
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  • Venue:Free, booking required