Exhibition 8 March 8 to 6 April, 2003
Last year the Butler Gallery invited Christopher Banahan and Tom Molloy to exhibit. Both artists had never met, nor were they very familiar with each other’s practice. The gallery made the connection based on the work they have both done in relation to portraiture, in terms of the history of the oeuvre and how they have both re-examined the art of portraiture, but in different ways. Lineage is the result of many months contact between both artists and their corresponding and contrasting insight into the notion of ancestry, history, inheritance, power, society and politics.
Tom Molloy, exhibited a series of paintings entitled colleagues – portraits of RUC police officers killed during the course of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Christopher Banahan reworked images from the past; drawing influence from the style of Vermeer, Chardin and Velazquez.