Stoney Road Press
"Jazz is on my mind as I look at Hewson’s suite of most recent prints, made with Stoney Road Press: jazz, but also clouds and storms, sunbursts and lightning strikes – some of the things you may feel when you hear really good jazz. And then again these works conjure those sudden thoughts that streak into the mind, or maybe they represent the chance meetings we talked about at the beginning of this text. Fizzing off their backdrops, they definitely open new doors to the sudden gorgeous views, and the scintillating serendipities that lift life above the ordinary. They combine to make us realise again that all around us is the extraordinary, dancing to its own subconscious music, everyday. "
Leah Hewson, Blow Out no11
Prose taken from "Chaotic Order: Leah Hewson in Print" by Gemma Tiptom, a writer on contemporary art and culture, writing with the Irish Times and Artforum.com.
Leah Hewson at Stoney Road Press
Leah Hewson, Blow Out no1
Leah Hewson, Blow Out no2
Here, I’m inclined to think of Sean Scully, in whose New York studio Hewson worked for a while. She has the same instinct for colour and the kinetics of the grid, and yet, again, she brings an edgy, playful overlay – which takes an assured eye, and no shortage of guts. But I want to go back further, to Mondrian who, to the glancing eye is all about restraint and the construction of boundaries. However, to those who go further in and let his artworks “catch the heart off guard” (as Seamus Heaney put it in another context), there’s so much more. Broadway Boogie Woogie (1943-43), which shimmers in the collection of MoMA, reminds us that, as Brian O’Doherty once wrote, Mondrian liked to dance.
Music is in the same mix as art and poetry when it comes to letting us get closer to the pulses that reach beyond the more immediately discernable, and which vaguely trouble us when they make their presence felt, as they so frequently do. Of course they do, they – after all – underpin everything. While art has abstraction, and poetry uses metaphor, music corrals those dancing notes into grids, so that they can break out, and into our senses.
(There are 11 images in the series [I – XI])
56 x 40"
Monotype & mixed media
Stoney Road Press
Printed onto Khadi paper ( made from recycled tshirts from India)
ALL WORKS SOLD- taking contact details from those interested in being placed on a waiting list for the next body of works which will be available during Summer 2021
Leah Hewson has a 1st class (Hons) degree in Fine Art from IADT. Recently featured in the Irish Times"50 People to watch in 2021", Leah Hewson’s career has been steadily building. She has completed residencies in Brooklyn and Berlin, and at the Royal Hibernian Academy School, has had four solo shows, and in 2020 won the Whyte’s Award for Painting at the 190th RHA Annual Show.
Since late 2019 Leah has been working on a suite of monoprints here at Stoney Road Press. (A monoprint is a unique artwork and not part of an edition). These works will be available shortly, please contact the studio with any enquiries.