Anthony Hackett 'Beyond Borders' Exhibition

 ‘Beyond Borders’
12th October 2012
Opening 6:30pm
Exhibition runs until Saturday 13th October

Irish artist Anthony Hackett has been studying and working in the field of fine art for over a decade. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology.  Anthony Hackett has exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions around Ireland. He currently holds a position teaching Fine Art at Ballyfermot College of Further Education.  

Anthony’s paintings are a beautiful exploration into the issues of current day Ireland and also on global issues. He has been active and involved in politics for many years and is an advocate for human rights. His canvases display themes such as religion, immigration, family and social injustices’. The artist uses the canvas and a strong sense of colour to invoke a deep sense of thought and understanding on these issues. Anthony’s paintings have always involved vivid colour and a strong sense of paint with bold brush strokes and a strong subject matter. Though his works have, over the years, looked at issues of current day Ireland; the works for this exhibition are powerful and capture a sense of where the world is now and how power and greed effect people who are of a more disadvantaged placement in society. This exhibition at the back Loft is an opportunity to see beautiful works on display in a large space allowing time for the viewer to explore these themes and experience bold colour, strong images and vibrancy coming from the canvases. 

This exhibition will be opened by The Anti Racism Network representative, Luke Bukha who is a Zimbabwean living in Ireland for over seven years and who is also actively involved in human rights issues.

Artist’s statement:
The paintings for “Beyond Borders” were executed between 2008 and 2012 with the majority been finished in 2012.
Most of the finished paintings arrived on the canvas through my use of paint; what I mean by this is that paint is brushed, thrown or rubbed into the canvass in an arbitrary way. No image is present in my mind or set out before me, except in the case of the three paintings “Lilies”  “Cores” and “Sea Shells”, which were carried out by observing the subject.
The subject matter and images arrive from my subconscious through my pushing, playing, removing and scratching of the paint on the canvas. The images that arrive can be landscapes, situations or events that I have experienced, read or witnessed and that have made an impact on me. They arrive from my subconscious and when I am happy with the image it is finished.
Anthony Hackett
September 2012

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