F.E McWilliam with Homer
McWilliam at Banbridge: a selection
An exhibition of work by F.E. McWilliam
27 February – 21 April, 2009
Highlanes Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of an exhibition on the twentieth century sculptor F.E. McWilliam. This exhibition is a selection of work from the third major exhibition of McWilliam's work in recent years (previously Tate Gallery, London 1989 and the Ulster Museum, Belfast in 1980/81). This exhibition is curated by Dr. Denise Ferran and originated at the newly opened F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge, Co. Down which is dedicated to the memory of Banbridge-born sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam.
The exhibition at Highlanes Gallery includes a range of his work in terms of medium and through his career including Standing Figure in elm from 1938, Woman with Arms Crossed from 1939 using Hoptonwood Stone, Self Portrait (bronze) from 1986, Portrait of Eve Molesworth (1952) in bronze and Daphne into laurel, 1982 using Plane. The exhibition also features many works from his Bean Series (Symbiotic Bean 1965), Women of Belfast Series (Women of Belfast No 19, 1973) and some mosaic work (Triangular Figure, 1968 (Mosaic), other preparatory drawings, watercolours and prints (Studies for Princess Macha, Pencil on paper Study for Teak Figure 1936, Monoprint)
The accompanying exhibition catalogue reproduces essay on McWilliam from 1964 by Roland Penrose as well as an essay by the curator Dr. Denise Ferran.
FE McWilliam’s work is represented in many major national collections including the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, the Ulster Museum, Banbridge District Council, among others.