Local artist comes full circle with upcoming exhibition

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Kim Gaffney pictured at the Cavan County Museum with works from her new exhibition, which opens November 24. PHOTO: Sonja Smith

Cavan-based artist Kim Gaffney launches her exhibition ‘The Four Seasons’ at the Cavan County Museum on Thursday November 24th. This exhibition, supported by Cavan County Council’s Arts Office, features the artist’s collection of circular paintings inspired by local flora and fauna.

The exhibition will run in the Eden Gallery at the County Cavan Museum until Saturday 17th December.

The unique range of circular paintings are inspired by Kim’s love of wildlife and country living. She is enthusiastically reviving the renaissance trend of “Tondos” or circular art. “I wanted to create unique art that gently blends into the environment, to provide a lens view, naturally drawing the eye in,” she said. The collection is themed around the four seasons and includes an array of animal and floral paintings, each inspired by the time of year they bloom.

‘The Four Seasons’ is Kim’s second solo exhibition. His work has appeared in national newspapers and magazines and is stored in the Design Loft, Powerscourt House and Gardens in Co Wicklow. She has been awarded the Townhall Fellowship in conjunction with the Cavan Arts Office and will begin a project based on the Lakes of Cavan while working at The Townhall studio in January 2023.

“I paint what I like and what I find fundamental. Filling my home and my world with the beauty of nature through art is key. Whether it’s an owl or a rose, or a white horse emerging from the darkness, this type of art makes me feel like I have the resilience of the natural world in my home, in my an ever-changing world,” says Kim.

A wine and cheese reception for the launch begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 24. There will also be a selection of limited edition prints and artwork throw pillows available for sale on launch night. This event is free and everyone is welcome. To learn more about Kim, visit her website www.kimgaffneyart.com or follow her on social media @kimgaffneyart. To find out more about the Cavan County Museum, visit www.cavanmuseum.ie or follow the Cavan County Museum on Facebook or Twitter.

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