Flax Gallery



Open Exhibition

Thursday 22 January 2015 - Saturday 21 March 2015


This new exhibition showcases work in a diverse range of media from drawing, painting and photography to ceramics, textiles, woodcarving and sculpture. Over 40 artists have come together to create an eclectic display with something for everyone to enjoy.

Works will be for sale so it will be a great opportunity to purchase an original piece of art.


Faces & Traces

Faces and Traces: Sense of Person, Sense of Place

26 March – 25 April

Laura Butler and Stephen Jamison

‘I have always been drawn to places where the presence of people and the mark they make on the landscape over time can be felt, and I aim to depict this in my paintings’, Laura Butler.

Laura studied art and design at the University of Ulster and Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design. She holds a BA honours Upper Second degree in Fine Art. In 2001 she returned from England to live in her native County Antrim, which features extensively in her paintings.

In 2010 Laura was selected as the solo artist by the Hilliard Gallery for the Kansas Irish Festival. In 2011 and 2012 a number of her paintings were displayed at the Jam Art Factory in Dublin’s Guinness Quarter and she has previously displayed her first solo exhibition ‘Living Stones’ in the Flax Gallery. Laura’s works are held in private collections in Ireland, England, the USA and Australia.

‘I was a portrait artist and didn't know it! I search for beauty, finding inner beauty or beauty of spirit within a subject remains my challenge’, Stephen Jamison. Stephen’s father and grandfather were popular local artists and like them he is largely self-taught. He has exhibited his ‘Faces of Africa’ portraits in Belfast, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus and has paintings in collections in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, USA, South Africa and the Philippines. He has previously displayed his first solo show ‘Working Class Hero’ in the Flax Gallery.

Whilst Stephen centres on the individual characters as depicted in portraits, Laura is pre-occupied by marks and traces people make on the environment as contained in buildings, often ruined homes within the landscape.

Paintings for sale.

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Normal Exhibition Opening Times:

Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed




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