Sinead Breslin - Solo Show, NYC by Dan Mauger

Solo show by Sinead Breslin is now open at 195 Chrystie St, LES, Manhattan until the end of Sept. All enquiries erica@maugermodern.com

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Sinead Breslin was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1986, and is now based in NYC and Fermanagh, Ireland. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Still Moving, Spiridinova House, Moscow; Painting is Dead/Long Live Painting at Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol, UK and Pass The Salt at Secret Art Gallery, Moscow. She was recently selected as an artist-in-residence for the Palazzo Monti’s residency program in Milan-Brescia, Italy. This is her first solo show in New York.

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Figures have long provided the central focal points in Breslin’s work. While some resemble symbolic figurines that function more as formal elements in a broader compositional logic than as representations of ‘real’ people, others – friends, family members, acquaintances – are painted directly from life, memory or old snapshots. Breslin is an ardent traveller who holds an unnerving, idiosyncratic mirror to the places she visits and the people she meets. This acute eye for the uncanny is reflected in both her choice of subjects and the diverse settings they’re painted into: a languid woman playing with a yellow rubber ring on a sun-soaked beach feels overwhelmingly alone in her own luxury; an unnamed pale young man standing in an inimitably British housing estate, its mundanity rendered heavy and weighted by a surreally brown sky; an anxious yet defiant redhead who stares from the greenest of lurid hilltops, her state of mind made all too palpable in the way she holds herself. 

Breslin has a keen ability to bore into her subjects, to paint them in a way that cuts straight through any attempt they might make to represent themselves as anything other than honestly. She extends this facility to her depictions of groups or pairs, mining not only individuals’ psychologies but their relationships to each other – some pose rigidly together, their attention focussed on the viewer in the manner of a banal family snapshot or awkwardly revealing photographic portrait, others have a startlingly clear sense of familial closeness that is far more candid, while her depictions of groups of posturing men are subtly but inescapably emasculating.  

The role of the figure in her work has become gradually decentralised in the last few years. In newer works, some of her protagonists have become entirely unanchored, cast adrift into vast areas of flat pictorial space – some filled with brashly painted marks or areas of not-quite-solid colour, others with intensely-worked patterns that seem to vibrate from the canvas. Other works don’t feature people directly at all, yet even her still lives, featuring half-consumed glasses of wine or sunflower-stuffed vases, are profoundly full of a very human potentiality. To Breslin, her figures and her painted environments are inextricably connected – colour, shape and form are an extension of the psychological worlds of her protagonists, in all their singularly vulnerable complexities.   

MAUGER + CASSINA by Dan Mauger

We're honoured to be working with Cassina, leaders in presenting influential, authentic and original furniture designs by the likes of Philippe Stark Gerrit Rietveld, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

We’ve just completed a curation of contemporary artworks to compliment the luxury furniture in their flagship Knightsbridge showroom. It’s a striking destination with the highest standard of craftsmanship in luxury upholstery and furniture. Well worth a visit.

Cassina, 242 Brompton Rd, London. 10am - 6.30pm.

For further information please contact us

Curatorial project for Turnbull & Asser by Dan Mauger

We've been working with Royal-warranted shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser to curate a selection of contemporary art pieces to compliment their new outpost on Davies Street, Mayfair, London.

"Since it was founded back in 1885, Turnbull & Asser has won legions of fans thanks to its superbly-cut shirts from royals (Prince Charles gave the shirtmaker his Royal Warrant in 1980, and HRH Princes William and Harry have worn the label since they were children) to the world's most famous spies (both Sean Connery's James Bond and Archer have both sported it). " GQ Magazine

We'll be posting up photos from the launch here very soon.

New limited edition prints by Joe Webb by Dan Mauger

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Three new prints by Joe Webb who has a show at the Saatchi gallery this month.

Kissing Magritte II

Type: 14 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub-Sized 410gsm
Dimensions: 46 x 55cm
Edition: 125

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Giant Leap

Type: 12 Colour Screenprint on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper
Dimensions: 76.5 x 77.5cm
Edition: 60

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Small Steps

Type: Screenprint - Metallic Ink on Colourlux Paper
Dimensions: 90 x 72cm
Edition: 75

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About the Artist

Joe Webb (1976) uses vintage magazines and printed ephemera that he has collected to create simple but elegant hand-made collages.

After many years of working on computers as a graphic artist, Joe turned his back on technology and started making ‘analogue’ collages. Since then Joe has published many popular silkscreen prints, sold his work in the Saatchi Gallery and sold work to celebrities and had his work featured on album covers. Webb's work is also an internet sensation with hundreds of thousands of people sharing his images online.