The gallery is closed from 12 August to 3 September 2019

Olivier Cornet Gallery

3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland


087 288 7261

Tues to Friday: 11am - 6pm (8pm on Thurs)
Sat & Sun: 12 noon - 5pm

Sheila Naughton

"I am interested in the nature of human experience. Through abstract painting and drawing I try to convey meaning and sensation. Colour, movement and light are the key elements I work with to express both an interior and exterior world. Relationships are central to the work - relationships between things and also our relationship to the world. Notions of order versus chaos, consideration versus spontaneity, logical thought versus intuition are at the core of the thought process and are subliminally present. In this age of art as social and political commentary and of mass audience participation, the fundamental language of painting and drawing remains simply one of engagement between the artist and the viewer on an individual human level. I am interested in this one to one communication."
Sheila Naughton 2016


About the "Lightspill" series presented here:

This series of paintings (each combining watercolour, mineral pigment & gouache) is concerned with the nature of transience and transitory experiences. The adjective "transient" is applied to short-lived phenomena: fleeting moments, a state of impermanence, momentariness, ephemerality, instability, fugitiveness, fleetingness. Life by its nature is transient. The works are a metaphor for this state of existence in the world we live in.


Sheila is a member of the Olivier Cornet Gallery's AGA group


A native of Dublin, Sheila Naughton is an Honours graduate of NCAD and Ecole Cantonale des Beaux Arts et d'Arts Appliquées, Lausanne, Switzerland. Having worked in industry and education for over twenty five years, Sheila's practice is now based in Waterford City.

Sheila was selected for a residency at The Custom House Studios and Gallery in Westport in 2010. This experience was pivotal in developing her interest in contemporary abstract drawing and resulted in her first solo exhibition "Chiaroscuro" there in 2011. Chiaroscuro is a term meaning "shadow and light" and the series of works called "The Mayo Drawings" based on this theme were made there while looking at the play of shadow and light on the hill opposite the studio window. She was also joint first prize winner of "Mayo in Mind" print exhibition at The Custom House.

Sheila was the recipient of the AIR Krems residency in Krems, Austria in 2011. Krems is a small and beautiful town on the Danube surrounded by vineyards. The experience of Winter in Middle Europe led to her series of "Winter Drawings" which is an ongoing theme. Other residencies were one at Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1998 and more recently at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in 2013 and 2014.

Participation in group exhibitions in previous years includes Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse, EV+A Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, The Healing Arts Trust at Waterford University Hospital, Enniskillen Visual Arts Open and most recently at The Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore for "The Sea Horse" group exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of The Sea Horse shipwreck in Tramore Bay in 1816.

Other solo exhibitions include "Works on Paper" at Gallery One, Castle Yard, Kilkenny during Kilkenny Arts Week 2012. An installation "Borrowed Pages" at The Index Gallery, Waterford City Library in 2014 was a tribute to the used library books with their faded colours and tatty corners which are no longer fit for lending and about to be discarded.

Sheila's most recent solo exhibition "Lightspill" was held in October/November 2016 at the Higher Bridges Gallery in Enniskillen. The exhibition consisted of paintings and drawings on the theme of transience and transitory experience. ‘Blur’, an exhibition of works on paper, was held at the Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown County Council Pop-up Gallery in Dun Laoghaire in July 2017.

Most recently, Sheila’s work has been selected for exhibition in this year’s annual RHA Annual. Her work featured in the same annual in 2017, as well as in ‘Cairde’ in the Model Arts Centre in Sligo and in a group exhibition at GOMA in Waterford. Earlier this year, Sheila also participated in '2°C', a group show on climate change curated by Olivier Cornet with the support of the EPA. The show was first presented at VUE Art Fair RHA in November 2017.

In May-June 2018, Sheila exhibited with fellow artist Hugh Cummins in a two-person exhibition titled STRIAE at the Olivier Cornet Gallery.

Sheila is a member of the Olivier Cornet Gallery’s AGA (Associate Gallery Artist) Group.

Her work has been selected for the State Collection of the Office of Public Works, Waterford Institute of Technology, and is in private collections in Ireland, the UK, the US and Switzerland.

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