Donegal artist vies for contemporary art prize

Art inspired by migrant crisis in Europe

By Eamonn McFadden


By Eamonn McFadden


Marty kelly

'Cameo', part of the new series of paintings by Marty Kelly.

Donegal artist, Marty Kelly, will compete for the biggest prize in Irish contemporary art at Vue 2016 at the Royal Hibernian Association gallery next month.

The €5,000 Vue Contemporary Art Prize presented by Savills will be awarded to the artist who has produced an outstanding body of work in the last year or made some other substantial contribution to the visual arts in Ireland.

It will take place from November 3-6.

19 of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries have each nominated an artist as a contender for the prize and RHA director Dr Patrick Murphy, who has an extensive track record as a curator of contemporary Irish art, will adjudicate.

Carndonagh native Kelly has been nominated by the Gibbons and Nicholas gallery in Dublin, where he completed "There'll be no bloody bluebirds", a series inspired by the current migrant crisis in Europe.

The series explores issues of unity and separatism and how we identify with each other through compassion, love, gratitude, acceptance, pity and fear.

“My current work investigates how we identify ourselves,” Kelly said.

“Why do we see someone else’s experience of life as being wholly separate from our own? Compassion is seeing ourselves in each other rather than fear. Work is for me part of a daily meditation exploring these issues and states of being,” he added.