Dream Lover is a three-person project at Eight, Dublin, by Irish artists Seán Guinan, Ramon Kassam and Aidan O'Sullivan. It intends to open out to the viewer three distinct yet connected painting practices.
The title 'Dream Lover' refers to the popular rock n’ roll song written and recorded in 1959 by Bobby Darin. The title here is intended to imply a conception of desire that is centered in the ideal or the idealized object, state, space or figure, which embodies the values and traits of the subject/dreamer; a conceptual premise arising from this grouping of practices. Each practice is driven by a sense of desire and escapism, which is paradoxically contained within a set of strict parameters. It is amid the constraints of the physical and psychological spaces of the studio, canvas and tradition of painting, that each artist attempts to seek and play out these instinctive desires. Dream lover as a cultural concept, arising in film, music, art, stories, etc, represents an ongoing impulse in society to grasp or understand things via expressive processes.
Sean Guinan is an artist from Athlone, Co. Westmeath. He graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007 and has recently exhibited at Platform Arts, Belfast; Luan Gallery, Athlone; Pallas Projects, Dublin; Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin; RUA RED, Dublin; Kinsale Arts Festival, Cork; Limerick City Gallery of Art, and Galway Arts Festival. He is director of Wickham Street Studios, an artists’ studio complex in Limerick City centre and was one of the founding members of Occupy Space, a not-for-profit visual arts organisation, also in Limerick. Sea?n is a recent recipient of the Limerick City Council Residential Artists’ Apartments Award, and the Limerick City and County Council Grant Under the Arts Act.
Ramon Kassam is an artist from Limerick City. Painting forms the basis of his practice. He received his BA in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007 and has exhibited regularly since. Exhibitions include: EVA International – Ireland's Biennale, Limerick (2014). Pallas Projects, Dublin, (solo 2013), Arca Archa, Boston, USA (2012), Limerick City Gallery of Art (2012), Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin (2010), Occupy Space, Limerick, (solo 2010) & Kuturm, Leipzig, Germany, (2008). He has been awarded a number of residencies. In 2013 he participated on a studio residency at The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the RHA Tony O’Malley Residency Award. In May 2014 he undertook a residency at the Irish Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is currently working towards a solo project at Limerick City Gallery of Art in summer 2015.
Aidan O'Sullivan was born in Limerick in 1985 and is currently based in London. He graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007 and completed an MA (Painting) from the Royal College of Art in 2011. Aidan has received numerous awards including the Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include 'First Come, First Served', Lion and Lamb, London; 'Bethlehem Boy's Club', Building 7, Stoke Newington, London; and 'Artist House 2', Herne Hill, London.