Leah Hewson ,niece of Bono and daughter of Norman Hewson, at the launch of her exhibition 'what's behind the magic door ' at KTcontemporary Gallery in Dublin .Pictured at the event was Leah with her uncle Bono and aunt Ali.
Leah Hewson ,niece of Bono and daughter of Paul Hewson,graduated with a first class honours BA in Fine Art from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2010. For her graduate exhibition Hewson was short-listed for the ‘Most Promising Graduate Award’ at the Talbot Gallery and Studios in Dublin. Her work is part of the Microsoft collection and she is winner of the 2011 Picture Works competition. Hewson’s practice continues to investigate the boundaries between reality and fantasy and for this latest body of work she explores the importance of preserving imagination, and its relationship with reality. Manipulating childhood photographs, surreal scenes full of nostalgia and colour are created depicting different childish behaviours. Hewson uses varied types of media, minimising boundaries and sometimes employing childlike methods in order to retain the innocence and naivety of a child’s imagination. Nevertheless, in several pieces the darker elements of a certain knowledge that comes with adulthood creep through, and she also uses systems of pelmanism to stimulate the powers of perception. For Hewson the imagination presents a continual stream of infinite possibility and this has become the core of her uniquely honest approach to art making. ©Kenneth O'Halloran
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