Stephen McKenna’s Exhibition opens at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh will open Stephen McKenna’s Perspectives of Europe exhibition at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on Wednesday, 22nd July at 6.30pm.

Former Turner prize nominee Stephen McKenna’s unique exhibition features works created throughout McKenna’s career. His deep interest in the structures which underlie the natural and built environment is displayed in groups of paintings depicting classical columns, city ports, parks and foliage.

‘Is mór an onóir dom bheith anseo libh i nDánlann na Cathrach tráthnóna chun taispeántas iontach Stephen McKenna a sheoladh. The selection of paintings illustrates the artist’s experience of working in urban and rural environments which is evident in this wonderful collection”, said an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

Director of the Gallery, Barbara Dawson, said “His is a keen and original vision which is informed by the millennia of Western mythology and its history. Alongside his paintings of cities, in this exhibition there is a focus on the artist’s love of nature in his depictions of foliage. He delights in opening his and our eyes to the poetry contained in their painterly representation ordinary and extraordinary in their compositional structures”.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art featuring both national and international loans.

Perspectives of Europe is available for viewing at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, free of charge, from Thursday, 23rd July to Sunday, 4th October, 2015.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available from the gallery’s bookshop.

A selection of Stephen McKenna’s works can be viewed at


Photos of the launch will be syndicated to picture desks by Kevin McFeely Photography

For further information contact:

Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Logan Sisley, Exhibitions Curator, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane,

Notes to the Editor:

Stephen McKenna was born in London in 1939. He enrolled at the Slade School of Art in 1959 and studied there until 1964. He has lived and worked throughout Europe since the 1960s, spending time in Belgium, Germany and Italy. He was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1986. He currently lives in County Carlow. He was elected President of the Royal Hibernian Academy from 2005 until 2009 and is a member of Aosdána. His career has spanned over six decades, during this time he has held numerous influential solo exhibitions and his works have featured in group exhibitions in Europe and the USA.