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DIT Fine Art Student wins RHA Studio Award

Posted: 19 June, 2017

The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) School has announced that the recipient of its prestigious School Graduate Studio Award 2017 is Kevin Smith, a student of Fine Art at DIT.

Kevin Smith's Love in Technicolour

A panel consisting of Colin Martin (RHA School Principal), Ruth Carroll (RHA Curator) and James Merrigan (Writer and Critic) visited the graduate exhibitions in DIT, IADT and NCAD.

Writing about Smith's film, Love in Technicolour, writer and critic James Merrigan said, “Immediately we are pulled into the fractured psyche of a young man as he aggressively performs the social rituals that young men often endure. Kevin Smith's long-haired protagonist in his short film Love in Technicolour is a contemporary Samson who looks too pretty and self-possessed to be self-punishing until he shears off his own locks on film. Existing in limbo between hope and hangover, the ever-present props of party-hat and lipstick-smeared mirror become insidious reminders throughout the film that the past is a predictor of future behaviour.”

Merrigan adds, “As a visceral and believable exercise in confessional filmmaking, performance and storytelling, Kevin Smith demonstrates control over the medium, commitment to a poetic register and heart-pumping physicality. Breathtakingly believable.”

The award covers the cost of studio rent, utilities and administration for one year, as well as allowing access to RHA School courses and masterclasses, curatorial staff and other professional artists. It is funded by the generosity of RHA Friends.