John Cullen lives in the Ox mountains, Co. Sligo. He studied fine art at Sligo IT, graduating with Hons. in 2009. Since then he has developed his practice, and has exhibited widely across the island of Ireland, in both group exhibitions and a number of solo shows. In 2011, he was awarded a residency in Belmont, Co. Offaly, and was also artist in residence at King House, Boyle. He paints mainly in oils, inspired by a number of motifs, including the mystical landscape around Sligo.
We were delighted to have our first sculpture exhibition ‘Touch Wood’ by artist Conleth Gent. Touch Wood is an exhibition of small to medium sculptures by this award-winning sculptor. As the title suggests it is an invitation to touch and experience the work on a multi-sensory level.
The saying “touch wood” comes from ancient times when it was believed that wood possessed magical fairy spirits which needed to be appeased in order to keep good fortune on one’s side.