Brian Fay has had solo presentations in many venues across Ireland including the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; the LAB, Dublin; Mermaid Arts Center, Wicklow; Solstice Arts Centre, Navan; Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Context Gallery, Derry. He has exhibited in major group shows including Into Irish Drawing, The 43 Uses of Drawing, Rugby Arts Museum, England and Other Men’s Flowers, Dublin City Gallery; The Hugh Lane. Fay is a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and is currently a PhD candidate at Northumbria University, Newcastle. His work is held in the Crawford Art Gallery; National Drawing Collection and the Office of Public Works.
essomenia artist statement:
This drawing presents and repeats a detail from Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring during three recent conservation treatments. Due to its iconic status this work has historically been the recipient of much conservation work. Through over-cleaning, retouching, repainting and revarnishing a conservation treatment can effect our temporal reading and understanding of an artwork. By placing these conservation treatments in a non-chronological order the piece attempts to mirror the anachronistic conservation act while being mindful that in the future similar procedures must be repeated again and again to halt an inevitable entropic progress.