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Soul Noir is pleased to present a solo show of work by the artist Pat Byrne. 'From Under the Hill' will be exhibited from the 5th to the 30th of November in Tallaght Library.

'My practice explores superstitions and folklore as I look at mythological humanoids and fairies while attempting to portray them in a more realistic and contemporary fashion wanting to render them as somebody who could possibly pass us by on the street. Superstitions have always held a core place in Irish culture but as time progresses the mischievous and malevolent spirits that once occupied the spoken word and imagination are being forgotten only to be seen as figures of parody. The lack of faith in this make- believe world is something that I feel reflects the current human condition in Ireland with so many people unemployed and no structure to their daily lives, figures of folklore are effectively in the same situation and on the mythological dole queue simply living out each day completing mundane tasks. '

Originally from Laois,Pat Byrne moved to Galway in 2006 to study at the GMIT Cluain Mhuire Campus. Specialized in fine art painting and graduating in 2010 with a BA Honours Degree, Patremained in Galway for a time, during his final year in college he became one of the founding members of the artist collective, A – merge. Early in 2011, having failed to secure a studio in the Arthouse, Stradbally, Pat was awarded a studio by Laois County Council and in March returned to hishome county. Pat worked in Laois for just over a year before undertaking a 3 month residency in Iceland with NES, it was at this time that folklore began to appear in his work. He returned to Ireland and the following year he began his Masters in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, graduating in 2015. Pat is currently based in Laois where he continues to work on his studio practice, showing both in Ireland and abroad.

Visit the artists website, Instagram and Facebook for more information.

There will also be a visually impaired friendly artist talk on November 13th at 12.30pm. You can get your tickets here.

Brought to you by Tallaght Library and Soul Noir

(image description: a poster of Byrne's work “Battle's in the Sky' (2020) of a blue / green ceremonial mask hanging from a coat rack. The mask is in colour and the canvas is raw. The exhibition information such as the title, address and dates are on the poster.)

Address: Tallaght Library, Library Square, Tallaght (across from The Square Shopping Centre) Dublin D24 A3EX.

BIG thank you to Sarah Brooks for covering the show on News Group. Find article here.