Vera Klute (ARHA) (b. 1981)
Tolka Valley Park (Island)
- Framed size: 65 x 122cm
- Oil on board
- Donated to the Collection by Brendan Burgess, 2020
Vera Klute of one Ireland's most critically-acclaimed contemporary artists. Since graduating in fine art from IADT in 2006 with a first-class honours degree, Klute has had solo exhibitions at the RHA Gallery, Dublin, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and at The Molesworth Gallery. She has shown in the group exhibition Rencontres Internationales at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and was selected for FUTURES 2011 at the RHA. She won the 2015 Hennessy Portrait Prize, awarded under the auspices of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Hennessy-Craig Scholarship at the 2015 RHA Annual Show. Her portrait of Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, commissioned by The National Gallery of Ireland, was added to the National Portrait Collection in 2014. She received the Arts Council Bursary Award in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, the K+M Evans Award at the RHA Annual (2013) and the Emerging Visual Artist Award, Wexford Arts Centre (2009).
During the pandemic Vera and her family began to explore the Tolka Valley Park where a small gang of intrepid explorers, delighting in the feeling of discovery emerged. The strangeness of adventuring through previously unknown terrain on your own doorstep is both joyous and tinged with an incongruity captured in these paintings.