Aevum, paintings by Louise West

13 Apr 2023 – 20 May 2023

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11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30

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Mura Ma Art Space

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  • Marple is served by two train stations, Rose Hill and Marple, both have direct trains from Manchester. Marple train station also has direct trains to Sheffield.
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A solo exhibition of paintings by Dublin artist, Louise West will open at Mura Ma art gallery, Marple, Stockport on 13 April.


The exhibition, titled ‘Aevum’ presents a significant body of work in which West combines a contemporary perspective on the still life tradition, with her sublime use of paint to imbue forlorn and forgotten objects with a force of love, humour and hope.  

West reaches to the familiar objects that have been handed down through generations to gather and reimagine as domestic assemblages.  West acts as a custodian to the simple household objects that have journeyed as mascots with the women who treasured them before her, simple objects that she repurposed in the present to emulate the events they witnessed in the past. Her work depicts simple, often broken, worthless souvenirs that connect the artist to their aura of hope, aspiration and pride that they held in the feminine dwellings that they called home.

The artist seeks solace in the interactions, memories, relics and imaginings of the past by painting table-top arrangements with postcard backgrounds to evoke the solidarity of the women from her past to envoy strength to the present. The majority of West’s works in this exhibition were painted in response to life lived during the Pandemic and remind us that during a time of restricted movement there was consolation to gain from what we already possess, and that memory and imagination are essential to our being in times of struggle. 

Louise West is a Dublin based artist who graduated with a BA in Painting in 1996 from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Having previously studied animation and completed courses in the Turps Banana mentorship programme, West has exhibited in both Ireland and the UK in site specific and group shows. Significant shows include Crawford Art Gallery curated by Iwona Blazwick; Sited curated by Mark Garry; The Royal Acdemy Belfast, Draíocht Art Gallery curated by Caroline Mc Carthy; Kilkenny Castle Gallery; The Mermaid Arts Centre;  Artform Dunmore East and Fitzrovia Gallery London.  She was selected as the 14th or reserve artist on the 2014 Sky Arts Portrait Competition and has been shortlisted for the “Artform Artist of Merit award” in 2021.  Commisions include, “Playthings” at Draíocht Gallery” and reviews in The Irish Times and The Cork Examiner, she was selected for interview as a part of  “Lesson from Still Life” open submission for the New York based “Artrepeneur” Art Journal “Sketch” in 2023.

This will be the third exhibition from Mura Ma, a new independent artist-run gallery opened in January 2023, located at 15 Stockport Road, Marple, Stockport SK6 7BD. 

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