MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College will open an exhibit of paintings and ink script drawings titled “The Art of Daithi: Visual Language” on Jan. 22.
The art exhibit will run through Feb. 23 in the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daithi will give an Artist Talk at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 in the gallery. The talk and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Wisconsin artist Daithi was recognized for his talent at a young age.
“Daithi’s work is expressive and exciting,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art at Silver Lake College. “At first glance, the images are somewhat overwhelming and chaotic, which is part of their intrigue. I think this body of work is really going to transform the gallery space. I’m looking forward to spending more time with the works and learning about Daithi’s subject matter as well as his intuitive application of medium.”
Daithi said he is interested in creating his own visual language in his paintings, which invite the viewer to discover many different moments and ways of looking.
“Imagery of people, landscapes, objects and symbols present themselves,” he said. “These images become starting points to visual puzzles and poetic narratives. The themes of my paintings range from beauty to music, social injustice, community, dreams, nature and time.”
Daithi talks about how his script drawings tell stories.
“In these, the viewer can discover narratives of people doing many things in life: farming, working, playing, dancing, learning, teaching, singing, playing music, praying, in exultation, in protest, in love, in war and making art,” he said. “From the beginning of human visual expression and into today, people have created symbols — imagery and words communicating to each other about what is beautiful, important and meaningful.”
Daithi has exhibited in museums, galleries, universities and city centers across North America, Ireland, Italy and Argentina. Daithi has taught art in the U.S. and abroad, most recently at Madison College and as an artist in residence at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin. His art can be found in many private, public and corporate collections.
He studied at Art Students League of New York City and in Italy through the Pratt Institute’s summer program. Daithi earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
PHOTO: “Circus of Apathy” by Daithi. Photo courtesy of the artist.