Kilkenny Arts Festival- New work

Painting Patrick: after Olympia and Venus Nick MIller
The Heritage Council, Church Lane, Kilkenny 5th - 14th Aug 2011


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Nick Miller : 
“Painting Patrick: after Olympia and Venus”
  HD Video projection, duration 22 Minutes

Music “Trumpet Vibe Cello Piano” by Kevin Volans. Sitter: Patrick Perring Editor Colm Farrell.  Producer: Tom Weir/Janey pictures

Film and painting © Nick Miller 2011, Courtesy Rubicon Gallery Dublin Music © Kevin Volans Courtesy of Chester Music

“Patrick after Olympia and Venus.
Nick Miller, 2011. Oil on linen 182 x 214cm

In this multimedia piece
Nick Miller draws our attention to the tradition of the reclining nude in art. Taking his lead from the canon of reclining Venuses from Titian to Manet, Miller replaces the traditional female object of desire with a matter-of-fact male presence, exploring issues of exposure and modesty. The accompanying film, set to ‘Trumpet Vibe Cello Piano’ by Kevin Volans (an internationally-celebrated composer known for his work with artists such as William Kentridge and Jurgen Partenheimer), offers an intimate view of the collaboration between artist and sitter, and the process and practice of applying paint.
Nick Miller is a highly-respected painter, based in Co. Sligo, who exhibits regularly in Ireland, Europe and the USA. This year he showed a large drawing installation at Concord Art Association in Massachusetts and is currently showing in a group exhibition at The Douglas Hyde Gallery entitled
Interlude (Aspects of Irish landscape painting). His work, whether in landscape or in portraiture, is always concerned with ‘being there’, his paintings are directly engaged with the presence of the subject.
Kilkenny Arts Festival is pleased to present these related works for the first time in Ireland.

Venue: The Heritage Council
The Heritage Council, Church Lane, Kilkenny, Ireland GPS coordinates: N52.6495 W7.2568 +353 (0)56 7770777 GOOGLE MAP Accessibility : The Heritage Council offices are located at Church Lane, Kilkenny. Church Lane is the laneway surrounding St Canice’s Cathedral. Access to Church Lane is gained via Dean Street.
Hours: Friday 5 Aug 9am - 5pm - Saturday 6 Aug 12pm - 5pm - Sunday 7 Aug 12pm - 5pm - Monday 8 Aug 9am - 5.30pm - Tuesday 9 Aug 9am - 5.30pm - Wednesday 10 Aug 9am - 5.30pm - Thursday 11 Aug 9am - 5.30pm - Friday 12 Aug 9am - 5pm - Saturday 13 Aug 12pm - 5pm Sunday 14 Aug 12pm - 5p

Kilkenny Arts Festival Visual Arts Venues open 12:00 noon on Friday August 5th. (visual arts, p42)

Artists; Ann Craven, David Beattie, Maria McKinney, Nick Miller, Michael Thomas Murphy, Liam O’Callaghan & Jacco Olivier

Join the artists for a free, informal brunch on Saturday 6th August from 11.30 to 2pm in Cleere’s Bar. 
Special guests include curator Hugh Mulholland, art critic Gemm Tipton and journalist and playwright John Waters.  This event is ticketed. To book call the Festival box office.

Visual Arts at Kilkenny Arts Festival 5-14 August 2011 - Book online at  or Tel: +353 (0) 56 775 2175