Exhibition 1 February to 2 March, 2003
Two Irish artists, Tom Molloy and Chris Banahan, were invited to select artworks from the Butler Gallery Collection around the theme of portraiture. Both artists use portraiture in their own practices and exhibited together in the Gallery after this show (see Lineage). The artists take on the role of curators involved in a creative process opening up new possibilities and interpretations of a traditional form. Identity and personality are not just contained in the individual portraits here but are in the open spaces in between, created by the artists’ selections, omissions and juxtapositions.
The Butler Gallery Collection of over 400 artworks has been built up through donations and loans as well as purchases and it also holds in trust the Basil Goulding Collection. The artists chose 28 artworks for this show which open up interpretations outside of their own frames.