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Sue Hubbard THE IDEA OF ISLANDS – book launch 30 June

In abstract, Art, Artprojx, David Gryn, Donald Teskey, Eagle Gallery, Eagle Pub, Emma Hill, Estelle Thompson, Farringdon, Jane Bustin, Kevin Finklea, Matt Magee, Minimal Art, minimalism, painting, poems, poetry, Sue Hubbard on 24/06/2010 at 9:11 am

Idea of Islands by Sue Hubbard


Book launch and poetry reading

on Weds 30 June from 7-9pm

at The Eagle Gallery (above The Eagle pub)

A new limited edition of 15 poems written on the west coast of Ireland with drawings by the Irish artist Donald Teskey.



CALLIGRAMS 24 June – 24 July 2010
Jane Bustin, Kevin Finklea, Matt Magee, Estelle Thompson

The Eagle Gallery

159 Farringdon Road

London EC1R 3AL

open Weds-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 11am -4pm

0207 833 2674



Idea of Islands

Set in a wild, remote landscape, on the west coast of Ireland, Cill Rialaig is a pre-ramine village that clings to at steep slope 300 feet above the sea on the old road that leads to Bólus Head. The restored stone cottages of the village, which now support residencies for visiting artists, are about as far west as you can go in Europe without falling off. From this rugged coast the island rock of Skellig Michael is visible, some eight miles out into the Atlantic, where pre-Augustinian monks once built their beehive huts. This is a landscape permeated with history and memories. It was here that the poet Sue Hubbard and the painter Donald Teskey met and initiated a collaboration that resulted in this book.

The Idea of Islands comprises a suite of fifteen emotionally incisive poems by Sue Hubbard and eleven powerfully atmospheric drawings by Donald Teskey RHA.

Responding to her experiences of Cill Rialaig, Sue Hubbard explores in her work both the dark and the light within human experience. She evokes the perceived and the actual world through a careful attention to the detail of things – be it nature, the incidental or the everyday – and attempts to give voice to our deepest emotions and our sense of inchoate spiritual longing. Her subjects are those of love, loss and memory. She writes of our vulnerabilities, so often concealed, and through their disclosure suggests the possibility of renewal. Donald Teskey’s large-scale drawings of the Cill Rialaig terrain are no landscape idylls. This body ot work, complementary to the poems, powerfully evokes a vivid sense of that remote and harshly beautiful place, confronting us with the raw forces of nature at the inhospitable edge of the world: the bruised and weathered architecture of the coastline; the ocean, foaming and restless; the cliffs, dark, ancient and enduring; depictions of a dynamic landscape at its most elemental.



Jane Bustin's les dernieres fleurs in Calligrams


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