The ‘Niamh Barry – Light on Earth’ exhibition launched at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks last week, celebrating the work of contemporary Irish artist Niamh Barry, one of the world’s leading innovators in the use of LED technology.
A Dublin native and resident, Niamh was one of the first artists in the world to create ‘edge lit’ pieces using LED technology and, since then, she has achieved significant commercial and critical success internationally.
Her signature works are highly sought after and included in many prestigious public and private collections around the world. Her client list includes some of the leading interior designers and architects internationally, amongst them, Peter Marino, Nate Berkus, Miles Redd and David Easton and Kelly Hoppen.
One of her most recent commissions in Ireland, was a monumental light sculpture in the new Central Bank of Ireland HQ.
While she has exhibited in locations such as New York, San Francisco, Milan and London, this exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is Niamh’s first solo exhibition in Ireland.
In 2004 Niamh made her first edge lit piece Chain but it was in 2009 / 2010 she made Fouette, her first bronze, curvilinear, edge-lit piece. This prototype, composed of a mild steel frame, clad in bronze with handmade glass mosaic, was a ‘breakaway piece’ in this art form. Five elliptical connections take the appearance of the ballet position from which the piece derives its name. This, her original bronze ‘edge lit’ creation, is one of the 6 pieces on display at the National Museum of Ireland and she has also donated it to be part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
In addition to Fouette, the exhibition also includes En Pointe II, an Avant Garde table with sleek angular lines; Model of a Staircase, a model of a unique large-scale piece measuring 8.5m commissioned for a private house in central Paris; the Model of Vessel Scape, the monumental sculpture she was commissioned to create for the new Central Bank of Ireland; Walking, a series of preliminary sketches and bronze maquette, which ultimately led to her first freestanding sculpture; Gesture II, a mirror polished hand formed solid bronze opal glass mosaic with LEDS; Vessel II, a voluptuous light sculpture with LEDs; and Propulsion, a large, bronze LED light sculpture specifically commissioned for the exhibition.
Niamh Barry said;
“I’m honoured to be exhibiting in our National Museum. I create my sculptures viscerally, to be seen with your eyes but to be experienced emotionally, and I hope that visitors to the Museum will enjoy visiting them and also learning about the creative process that is involved in their development. Each piece takes hundreds of hours to create and I am grateful to my 8 colleagues in my studio that support me in this work on a daily basis.”
‘Niamh Barry Light on Earth’ is a year-long exhibition and opens to the public at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks from Friday, November 30 2018.
For more info and examples of her work here www.niamhbarry.com