A new collection of paintings, ‘Chrysalis’ by Tullamore native Eva O’Donovan goes on show for one day only on May 9 from 6pm-8.30pm. Viewing all day at the Rotunda, Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin, featuring portraits of Tranfeminine subjects contacted through the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).
The exhibition will move to Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 from 27th through 31st May, 2019.
For this collection of portraits, Eva continues her distinctive oil on vintage fabric style, this time working with live models. She remains focused on the essence of femininity but for this collection celebrates and explores a broader conception of the term. In an attempt to redress the lack of visibility of those identifying Transfeminine in the visual arts and portraiture in particular, the artist collaborated with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) to find subjects for the Chrysalis series. The artist and sitters aim to promote Positive Visibility and the rights of trans people (and their families) by presenting a collection of powerful portraits featuring members of the Transfeminine and broader TENI community
O’Donovan has worked closely with the participants featured in the paintings and their input has been key to the success of the project. Working from styled photographs and fabrics, they made key choices during the process and had final approval on the resulting canvasses. Much time was spent developing relationships before any work commenced. “This project has taken almost a year to put together and it has been a year of great growth and fun ” she says.
Further displays of Chrysalis are planned for around the country later in the year and into 2020.
In addition Eva have been invited to exhibit the show by the Dublin Pride Committee in the CHQ building for the month of June as part of the Pride celebrations. It will also travel to Oughterard Courthouse for a week in July 2019.
Dublin City Council, CPL and The Shed Distillery, Care Plus have donated towards the cost of the exhibition.
Eva O’Donovan is an NCAD Fine Art graduate living and working in Dublin.
She has previously exhibited at Sol Gallery (Solo show), Art & Style at Brown Thomas, Art Source (RDS), AFF Battersea (selected artist) and Hendrix College, Arkansas (currently). She has been featured in magazines from The Gloss to Dazzle (Japan) and her work is in private and commercial collections throughout Ireland, United Kingdom, Brazil, Iceland, United States of America and Germany.