Visual Arts

Alexandra Wejchert

Born in Poland, she held degrees from Warsaw University (architecture) and from the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. After living in Italy and France, she moved to Ireland in 1965 and became an Irish citizen in 1979. Working firstly as an architect and artist, she then moved on to sculpture and her works quickly became emblems of the new Ireland that emerged in the 1970s. She experimented with innovative synthetic materials and embraced a cool, architectural abstraction that gave her work an international flavour. Major commissions include Irish Life, Bank of Ireland Computer Centre; AIB Bankcentre, Barclays Bank, Lombard and Ulster Bank, Holy Trinity Church in Dublin; Conrad Hotel in Dublin, UCG, UCD, TCD, and University of Limerick. Her last commission was for UCC. Solo exhibitions include Galleria dell’ Obelisco, Rome (1959); Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (1966); Galerie Lambert, l’Ie St. Louis, Paris (1968); David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin (1969, 73); Kenny Gallery, Galway (1973); and the Solomon Gallery, Dublin (1992). Group exhibitions include Via Marghutta Exhibition, Pavilion for Foreign Artists, Rome (1958); National Museum, Warsaw (1962); Cassell Gallery, London (1965); Peter Stuyvesant Collection, Pulchri Studio, The Hague (1972); Krikaar Galley, Amsterdam (1973); Irish Directions, touring Ireland and the USA (1974-76); Thirty Years of Irish Art, ROSC, Cork (1980); The Third International Art Fair, London (1986); The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland; The National Galley, Dublin (1988); Open Sculpture International Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin (1988); Five Sculptors Solomon Gallery (1989); Artists from Ireland, Austin Desmond Fine Arts, London (1990); Let there be Light, TCD, Dublin (1990); Art Inc, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin (1991); Artists for Somalia Auction (1992); Aer Rianta Gateway to Art (1992); Bronté Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Eurothreshold Exhibition of Contemporary Irish Art, Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale, Japan (1993). She participated regularly in group exhibitions with Living Art Exhibition, Dublin; David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Galerie Lambert, Paris, and in RHA annual exhibitions, Dublin.

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