Since achieving an Honours Degree in Glass in 2004 from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, Alva Gallagher has established her own Studio in Ireland and now shows her work year round at The Tramyard Gallery in Dalkey, Co. Dublin, Castle Upton Gallery in Templepatrick in Northern Ireland and The Kenny Gallery in Galway Ireland. In the past few years she has shown extensively throughout Europe and Internationally, in particular, at the ‘Portfolio’ launch at Collect at The Saatchi Gallery London 2010, La Gallerie SEMA in Paris, the ECB in Frankfurt, Germany, European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark in association with The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, and at various other Exhibitions globally in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Shanghai and The Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China being the sole Irish Artist selected to represent her Country at each. She was also honoured to receive the first Irish Scholarship to study at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle.
Including having work in State, National and International Collections, (The National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks, The Secretary Generals Office and The OPW), Alva has work in numerous private collections, in particular she has executed corporate commissions for BMW, Agip, Holland, The Beacon Medical Group and Hospital in Dublin which won the Jim Mc Naughton Award in 2008, The Gherkin in London, AWAS Aeronautics Dublin, the private collections of Lord and Lady Dunraven, The McCann Fitzgerald Collection and in private collections in Australia and elsewhere internationally to name a few.
See www.alvagallagher.com for further information.
As an Artist I am very self critical and have a rigorous work ethic. My work is a continuous research of oceanic movements and elements. The dual qualities of ferocity and calmness of the sea are mirrored in the unique manipulative states of fluidity, solidity and transparency of glass as a medium. My works in glass are quite large in scale in order to capture a sense of the vastness of the sea. The sea can be very intimidating as can glass as a workable medium with its many complexities which I thrive on. What inspires me is the challenge of catching the ferocity of a wave or an upsurge of water, something that never stills, and freeze that movement in a piece while still maintaining the purity and simplicity of the movement. The technical challenges that arise with glass as a medium and the length of time involved in the process of casting within my studio, become a means of achieving a simplicity of form as I get so deeply involved in every stage of the development of a single piece. I cast and manipulate glass at the furnace and kilns within my studio, hot casting by way of lost wax technique and casting into hand built moulds. The characteristics of the ocean continually inspire me, particularly its unpredictability and perpetual rhythm.