Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer

Artists Dragana Jurisic, Maser, and Brian Fay, pictured here visiting 'Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry' with Head of Education Sinéad Rice.
Artists Dragana Jurisic, Maser, and Brian Fay, pictured here visiting 'Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry' with Head of Education Sinéad Rice. Credit

Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer with Brian Fay, Dragana Jurisic & Maser

The inspiration and rivalry that occurred between Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting is a core theme addressed within the exhibition. Artists practising at the same time, but often in different cities, drew inspiration from each other’s work and then tried to surpass it in terms of technical prowess and aesthetic appeal. These vibrant relationships stimulated the artists of the 17th century but can this same process apply today when online studios are accessible around the clock and around the globe, and divergence rather than similarity is primarily championed in art?

This project invites three contemporary practitioners working in three very different art forms, often in three different locations to respond to the same source: Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. Through facilitating sustained access to the exhibition and creating opportunity for interaction and dialogue around process and concept, Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer seeks to find out if, and how, this dynamic informs or affects the practice of the individual or the collective. The project will run for the duration of the exhibition to encourage in-depth engagement. In September a selection of work created during the project will be installed at the National Gallery of Ireland's Millennium Wing Studio. 

This exhibition will run for the final weeks of Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry thereby allowing for the juxtaposition not only of the 17th-century masterpieces with 21st-century responses, but also of each contemporary artist's work in comparison to the next. A short documentary and a series of public engagement activities will support the project and the accompanying exhibition. This project is curated by Sinéad Kathy Rice: Head of Education, National Gallery of Ireland. 

To find out more email: [email protected] | Ongoing project progress will be shared on social media platforms using #AfterVermeerDublin


About the artists:

Brian Fay: Brian Fay’s practice is rooted in drawing and he uses the materiality of pre-existing artworks and objects to examine their complex relationship to time. His work is in the National Drawing Collection Ireland, and the collections of The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, the Dublin Institute of Technology, Office of Public Works Irish State Collection and private collections. Fay holds a PhD from Northumbria University, England, and lectures in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is the winner of the 2014 Derwent International Drawing Prize and the AXA Drawing Prize 2016. More details are available at

Dragana Jurisic: Dragana Jurisic was born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (then Yugoslavia). Based in Dublin, Jurisic works in photography using “the act of photographing, of looking at the world through the camera lens, to help provide a semblance of control over an otherwise unpredictable world”. In 2009, she was selected as an Axis MAstar, “an annual selection of the most promising artists from the UK’s leading MA courses”. She obtained her PhD from the European Centre for Photographic Research, Wales in 2013 and has since received, among other accolades, Special Recognition by Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor Prize, the Emerging Visual Artist Award, residencies in Dublin and Paris and, most recently, a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. More details are available at

Maser: Maser’s career began in 1995, painting graffiti on the streets of Dublin. After studying Visual Communication, he went on to establish himself as one of Ireland’s leading visual artists working in the urban environment, spending a two-year artist residency in the US, before settling in London. Most recently, Maser opened his solo show Foreign Language at Graphic Studio Gallery in Dublin, following Orbiting on the Periphery at Lazarides Gallery in London and an installation at the Palais de Tokyo Gallery in Paris. His large scale mural work and collaborations with artists such as musician Damien Dempsey, JR, Conor Harrington, and Fintan Magee have won him notoriety in the graffiti world while helping to establish him in the contemporary art scene. More details are available at


The artists will each give a free talk in the exhibition space in September on the following dates: 
2 September, 3.15pm: Dragana Jurisic
8 September, 1.15pm: Brian Fay
13 September, 6.15pm: Maser

Exhibition Launch, Screening and Artists in Conversation
1 September 2017 | 6pm 
Free, but advance booking essential (from August 1)
This special event will celebrate the project with a reception, access to both Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry and Inspiration and Rivalry: After Vermeer. A screening of a short documentary on the project will be followed by an In Conversation event, with all three artists and project curator, Sinéad Rice.