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Hallahan & Welch

Hallahan & Welch – And The Tide Was Way Out

 

In their first joint show Paul Hallahan and Lee Welch challenge how we see the world with works inspired by the idea of Utopia and the end of perceived history. Each artist has approached the theme differently yet they come together and, for the the first time, have collaborated on two new paintings. Their figurative and abstract paintings engage with the architecture of the space and provide a unique viewing experience at the Municipal Gallery, Dún Laoghaire.

 
View of  And The Tide Was Way Out , Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch, DLR Lexicon

View of And The Tide Was Way Out, Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch, DLR Lexicon

 

Hallahan is an Irish artist who specialises in water based painting and installations. His work is inspired by environmental features, tones and textures. His technique involves repetition of patterns, blending of colour and experimentation with texture. Hallahan’s work was produced around the notion of how people interact with the natural world, as opposed to the world they have manufactured. On the other hand, American born artist Lee Welch’s work was produced around the notion of how people people interact with art. The two altering approaches produce a harmonious array of work which captures the viewer’s attention.

 
Silly Renditions of Human Behaviour , Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

Silly Renditions of Human Behaviour, Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

Silly Renditions of Human Behaviour  (detail), Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

Silly Renditions of Human Behaviour (detail), Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

View of  And The Tide Was Way Out , Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch

View of And The Tide Was Way Out, Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch

True Level Digging Comes Up, Goes Down , Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic Ink and paint on canvas, 160 x 230 cm

True Level Digging Comes Up, Goes Down, Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic Ink and paint on canvas, 160 x 230 cm

True Level Digging Comes Up, Goes Down  (detail), Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic Ink and paint on canvas, 160 x 230 cm

True Level Digging Comes Up, Goes Down (detail), Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic Ink and paint on canvas, 160 x 230 cm

View of  And The Tide Was Way Out , Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch

View of And The Tide Was Way Out, Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch

And Being Swept Along Is Not Enough  (detail), Lee Welch, 2019, Acrylic on polyester, 148 x 198 cm

And Being Swept Along Is Not Enough (detail), Lee Welch, 2019, Acrylic on polyester, 148 x 198 cm

View of  And The Tide Was Way Out , Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch

View of And The Tide Was Way Out, Paul Hallahan & Lee Welch

Future Primitive II , Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic on canvas

Future Primitive II, Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic on canvas

Future Primitive II  (detail), Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic on canvas

Future Primitive II (detail), Paul Hallahan, 2018, Acrylic on canvas

 

Hallahan & Welch, ‘and the tide was way out’
3rd February–31st March 2019, Municipal Gallery, DLR Lexicon.

To see more of their work visit:
paulhallahan.com @paulhallahan · leewelch.com @l_e_e_w_e_l_c_h