© Niall Naessens

© Niall Naessens

Niall Naessens and J.M.W. Turner at NGA Ireland



‘Good Morning Mister Turner’ - Niall Naessens and J.M.W. Turner - Annual exhibition of Turner watercolours at the National Gallery of Ireland opens with new work by Irish printmaker, Niall Naessens. 1-31 January 2018

Source: National Gallery of Ireland

The annual exhibition of Turner watercolours in the National Gallery of Ireland will, this year, feature exciting new work by Irish printmaker, Niall Naessens.

‘Good Morning Mister Turner’ - Niall Naessens and J.M.W. Turner brings together the Gallery’s Vaughan Bequest of 31 watercolours by JMW Turner (1775-1851) and a series of etchings and drawings by Naessens constituting a meditation on landscape.

Naessens has long been interested in the work of the great nineteenth-century artist and sees this interaction with Turner as a conversation across the centuries. Responding to the Gallery’s collection of Turner watercolours, Naessens acknowledges the unavoidable influence that the artist exerts over the field of landscape today. He approaches Turner’s work obliquely, not as images to be imitated or even interpreted, but as a means of looking at the landscape.

Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland, says:
“The art of both Turner and Naessens combines the ordinary and the extraordinary. Both artists manipulate landscape, subtly changing things to suit their purpose. Showing the work of these two artists in the National Gallery of Ireland demonstrates how Turner is still a forceful presence, inspiring and prompting today’s artists to create new and exciting work.”



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