Congratulations to Roscrea Sculptor, Werner Groll who took part in the “New Communities EXPO 2007” at the RDS recently. The exhibition was organised to help promote artwork and sculpture by immigrants living in Ireland. Werner who of course has had many exhibitions in Roscrea and is currently hosting an exhibition in the County Council Offices in Nenagh said he was very proud to be part of a national exhibition that celebrated new communities living in a multicultural Ireland.
The exhibition was launched by Minister For Integration, Mr Conor Lenihan T.D on Saturday the 20th of October. Werner Groll was honoured to contribute two pieces to the exhibition entitled “Face To Face” and “The Outsider”. Both pieces investigate the meaning of who an immigrant is and how the immigrant can be so often stereotyped in society.
Werner who has lived in Roscrea for the last fourteen years is originally from Wurtzurg in the Bavarian region of Germany. His family has a long history in joinery, woodcraft and sculptor and Werner hopes that this will continue through his son Luckas. Coming to Roscrea, Werner engaged for some years with evening classes for youth under a FAS scheme at Roscrea 2000. His workshop is now housed in Roscrea Bacon Factory – and it is indeed a large scale workshop where too he has started to give wood lessons.
Werner’s work was exhibited last year at a Workshop in August 06 in the Abbey Hall Roscrea, as both an exhibition and workshop. Some of his distinguished large pieces are on public display in Roscrea and include“Impressions at the Library”, “Together growing up together” at Credit Union inspired by his son Luckas and “St Cronan” now again welcoming visitors at the Blackmills.
11 timbers are used in Werner’s new exhibition Perpetuity: oak, bog oak, hawthorn, deal, larch, sycamore, ash, pine, elm, beech, cedar. The sculptures are all evocative and stimulating both in their visualness and in their content. The two pieces of sculpture that featured in the national exhibiton are now back in Nenagh and form part of the Perpetuity exhibition at the county Council offices. The exhibition is free to the public and everyone is invited to go along and see for themselves the master craftsmanship of Werner Groll.