February - March 2020
Growing up in Clontarf with sweeping views of Dublin Bay, Margo Banks was an artistically precocious child and began oil painting classes at 13 years of age. Margo is a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and has exhibited widely around Ireland including the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy. Her works sits in private collections across Ireland, the US, UK and Holland as well as the Office of Public Works, Enterprise Ireland and Cill Rialaig Arts Centre.
“The Role of drawing is fundamental to my work. These drawings of crows and animals are sometimes prefaces to paintings, and sometimes a relaxation from them. They are works in their own right. They are witnesses to the changes to the landscape of Teeromoyle in South West Kerry – my mother’s place.” - Margo Banks
December - January 2020
Susan Cairns was born in Ireland in 1979 and grew up (and still resides) in Malahide, Co. Dublin. She achieved an NCVA Certificate in Art and Design and a Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design. Susan started painting in watercolour from 2002. After a few years, she decided to change direction to oil paintings specialising in still life. Susan exhibited in Dublin and Cork and she is proud to have many of her works in private collections worldwide as far a-field as England, Germany, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Canada and Australia.
"Taking the old, broken, unwanted and often forgotten everyday objects, my ambition through painting is to capture character and beauty, transforming the usual into something unique and wonderful. With many years spent drawing and watercolour painting my current work in oils has evolved and developed into a style that is very identifiable, clear and detailed. Exploring light, colour, texture and tone is an essential part of my painting. Through my work I want the simple things to stand out, the not-so-pretty to be beautiful and everyday objects to shine."
September - October 2019
Lorraine Sherry is from Loughshinny, Co. Dublin and is an award winning photographer, employed by RTÉ to create special effects using various lighting and filming techniques seen in many documentaries.
Lorraine started painting a number of years ago and won the Skerries Artwaves people’s choice award in 2016. This was followed by a successful exhibition in Skerries Mills in 2017. She is an active member with the ‘boathouse painters’ plein air group.
Lorraine’s exhibition in our Easter Snow Gallery is a combination of local 'plein air' paintings and still life. The landscape paintings are a study of values using a limited palette in complementary colours, all the while delving into the greys. The still life’s are little gems taking centre stage by using contre-jour lighting technique.
August - September 2019
Raphael Hynes was born in Drogheda in 1959. He studied fine art at NCAD between 1978 and 1981. Since 1997 he has concentrated on painting still-life objects from life. He uses simple mathematical ratios to help place the objects within the picture. The paintings are built up slowly with small measured units. This method and these ratios are used in an attempt to give the still-life objects some emotional weight.
Raphael has won numerous awards including The Charles Brady Memorial Award, RHA, Dublin. He has exhibited widely in Ireland including the Oireachtas Exhibition, RHA Annual Exhibitions, National Portrait Exhibition and many more.
June - July 2019
Sorca O’Farrell is a landscape artist from Howth, Co. Dublin.
She attended D.L.A.D.T. and N.C.A.D., receiving an honours degree in Fine Art, and continuing to complete a H .Dip, with distinction.Recent awards include the Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition 2017, and the Hamilton Gallery award at Cairde Visual 2016.
“What exists in a place? In my work, I revisit the same setting again and again. Not just for its stark beauty, not just for the peace and peaceful sounds, not just for its layers of light and dark and texture; there is something else here too. Memories play a role in how all places make us feel, but I am not expressing mere memories through my art any more than I am simply recreating a landscape. I am interested in going further. There is an essence to place that goes far beyond what the eye can see, beyond what we can touch. The people I love and the people I have loved and lost were here. My parents were here. My childhood was here. My future is here, too. And in the timeless nature of art, all of these essences are present not only in memory, they are layered into the very fabric of the reality of what this place means to me. They are woven into the essence of the work that I create. This is why I will always re-visit this place.” – Sorca O’Farrell
April - May 2019
"From my earliest years growing up in rural Ireland I have had a keen awareness of ‘place’ and how we engage with, and are formed by our relationships to and experiences of particular places. I am intrigued by the way some places can hold a memory of past events, how they resonate with us emotionally, visually and most importantly imaginatively. My paintings suggest or depict the kind of places that can both connect us to our past and feed our spiritual and imaginative sensibilities, for me they present a direct connection between landscape and belief, whether that belief is religious, spiritual or mythological. Many of my paintings depict places or suggest spaces for contemplation, they exist as exotic and sometimes bizarre ‘props’, full of aspiration and hinting at a sometimes faded grandeur, drawing the eye and operating as points of departure for our imagination. The notion of ‘delight’ is relevant, my work does not deal with or depict the mundane or banal, it is unapologetically a celebration; of colour, of surface, of shape and texture, of life. These works utilise painting techniques and approaches that required a huge amount of research and experimentation over quite a few years. Processes such as encaustic with its use of oil, wax, pigment and dammar varnish are time consuming, temperamental and difficult materials to control. They do however provide the richness and depth of colour and quality of surface that I require and I hope is enjoyed by the viewer." - Catherina Hearne
February - March 2019
John Cullen lives in the Ox mountains, Co. Sligo. He studied fine art at Sligo IT, graduating with Hons. in 2009. Since then he has developed his practice, and has exhibited widely across the island of Ireland, in both group exhibitions and a number of solo shows. In 2011, he was awarded a residency in Belmont, Co. Offaly, and was also artist in residence at King House, Boyle. He paints mainly in oils, inspired by a number of motifs, including the mystical landscape around Sligo.
We were delighted to have our first sculpture exhibition ‘Touch Wood’ by artist Conleth Gent. Touch Wood is an exhibition of small to medium sculptures by this award-winning sculptor. As the title suggests it is an invitation to touch and experience the work on a multi-sensory level.
The saying “touch wood” comes from ancient times when it was believed that wood possessed magical fairy spirits which needed to be appeased in order to keep good fortune on one’s side.
December 2018 - January 2019
This exhibition by Jim Kilgarriff is inspired by the ribbon of shoreline flooded twice daily by the sea. This untidy space where shards of shells, rocks, stones and fragments of rusted metal, all bear testament to the everchanging tug of the tides.
"Broken down by the elements, the resulting textures and shapes inform and influence my work which is mainly in acrylic on canvas."
“All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow, sweet, sour, adazzle, dim.
He fathers forth whose beauty is past change.
Praise him” - Gerard Manley Hopkins 'Pied Beauty'.
Jim, an Art teacher in Rush, Co. Dublin for 29 years has had successful exhibitions in the Daffodil Gallery, Skerries; Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, The Clotworthy Art Gallery, Co. Antrim and Rush Library Co. Dublin.
October - November 2018
Terry Fitzgerald is a self-taught watercolour artist based in Co. Louth. She grew up in central Pennsylvania, USA and came to Ireland 13 years ago after living in the Netherlands and England. Always interested in art, and more specifically watercolours, it was not until she joined an artist’s group in Co. Cork that her gift began to emerge. Through her watercolours, she tells stories of the hidden beauty of everyday objects and simple expressions of life. These images include still life, wildlife, landscape, and portraiture.
“I like to look at simple things and then try to paint them, in a realistic way. After I have painted several images, I then try to find a connection, a link, a thread that brings them together. It could be the colour of the object, it could be the light, or it could be the moment. I love making these connections and then creating a simple story. Through my paintings and the simple messages, I want to touch the viewer in a way that evokes a memory or a story of their own.”
August - September 2018
Judy Carroll Deeley’s paintings are concerned with illuminating the strange or mysterious qualities that haunt everyday objects.
In 'Paraphernalia' the source of her work is a number of gifts of kitchen implements she received for her wedding but never used. Now largely rusting or otherwise discoloured or dilapidated, the act and fact of painting these objects is her way of ‘reclaiming’ them and acknowledging the temperament she feels pertains to them on taking a fresh, long-delayed look.
Judy Carroll Deeley is a professional artist and has a BA Hons. Fine Art (Painting) from NCAD, 2008, and an MA Hons. Visual Art Practices from IADT, 2011. This is her third solo exhibition. She has participated in many group shows including ‘Arrival’ in the dlrLexicon Gallery 2017/18 curated by Gemma Tipton, and the Dunamaise Open 2017 curated by Patricia McKenna. Earlier group shows include the Rua Red Winter Open 2014/15 where she won The People’s Choice Award and The Claremorris Open 2009. She was awarded a Belmont Mill Residency in 2012 and a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2015.
June - July 2018
Simon Prunty is an artist from Dublin. He is a graduate of NCAD (The National College of Art and Design) with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art Media.
Simon’s photographic work focuses on a passionate revival of traditional analogue photographic practices and his most recent ongoing body of work is based entirely in traditional black and white 35mm and Medium Format analogue photography; entitled, “Looking for Peace”.
Each image is hand-printed by the artist in the darkroom on archival silver gelatin paper. The work explores a quiet, minimalist and mysterious aesthetic, assuming no concrete answers about the world it depicts, but rather displays scenes with an almost agnostic nature; gathering questions and celebrating the unknowable.
Simon has also taught traditional darkroom skills to students at DUPA (Dublin University Photography Association) in Trinity College, Dublin.
April - May 2018
Yanny Petters has been painting detailed portraits of wild plants since the 1990s. Her love and interest in botanical art stemmed from her work as a signwriter where plant themes were common in decorative design. Her paintings are in a number of important collections including the Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection at Kew Gardens, London and the Office of Public Works, in Wicklow Mountains National Park and the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. She was recently awarded a Merit by the Golden Fleece Award. She is a member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists, the Water Colour Society of Ireland and the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club. Yanny is represented by the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Great Denmark Street, Dublin. www.oliviercornetgallery.com
In her exhibition at the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre artist Yanny Petters will present a series of monotype nature prints of the plants associated with that iconic element of the Irish countryside, the hedgerow.
The hedgerow goes back a long way in our history, dividing and yet holding together a rich habitat that remains after our forests were cleared. Land boundaries can be traced back to Neolithic times and the circa 12th Century Townland boundaries are the countrys' longest standing land divisions.
At a time when farming practices are changing in scale many of these valuable habitats are being removed. While we might plant new hedges, it is the ancient ones which support up to 3000 organisms from flowers and trees, birds and animals to insects and microscopic creatures, without which our land would become desolate.
As we become more concerned about a changing climate we will look to hedgerows to serve as windbreaks, to shelter our livestock, reduce soil erosion, aid drainage and provide homes for beneficial predators who protect our food crops from pests. These harbours of biodiversity should be cherished for the health of our future generations.
In Yanny Petters work she raises awareness of our wild plants, opening our eyes to a miriad of wonders in our local environment. It's not just a bunch of weeds, but truly amazing and beautifully evolved species living in symbiotic harmony.
February - March 2018
From his studio in Drogheda, Michael Lodge specialises in portrait and landscape using oils, pastels, polymer resin and bronze. "My Landscapes are based on actual scenes, but the lighting ,colour scheme and mood of the paintings are derived to a large extent from memory. I am particularly interested in representing water in its many variations. In sculpture I seek to capture the character of the subject, while at the same time achieving a first rate likeness. As I am now in my late sixties I can call upon decades of experience in painting and sculpture. As a result I find that my work is more creative and fluid than ever before".
Alison O'Grady is an illustrator, graphic designer and art educator. From 1984 to 1989, O'Grady attended Balbriggan Community College and is a past pupil of Michael Lodge. She continued her studies and holds qualifications in Design and Art Education. Since 2007, O'Grady has taught art, locally, nationally and internationally. Presently, she teaches art in Manama, Bahrain. O'Grady's work is primarily the result of her desire to draw and sketch; it is both a discipline and a passion. She is not confined to one subject area, preferring to vary her work and media to express emotion and capture moments in time.
December 2017 - January 2018
Sarah Gallagher lives in Howth, Co Dublin, where she works from her home studio. Her work explores colour in nature, its mood and lines. She uses oils to create flow and texture and enjoys shifting the eye across the canvas with highlights of colours creating balance; stimulated by the beauty of atmospheric skies, cloud formations, dunes, shorelines, breaking waves, landscape and seascape infused with natural light.
Sarah’s current work explores her surroundings, whether in her locality, or further afield. “As an Artist I hope to capture the energy, vibrancy and joy of the natural habitat. I very much appreciate the appeal of where I live and it inspires me every single day.”
"Sarah is one of those exceptional artists who brings a personal poetic vision to her considerable artistic skills. Her landscapes and seascape paintings are imbued with a strong sense of rhythm and flow of nature, delivered with a fresh intuitive assurance. Sarah finds her subject matter close to home in Howth (Dublin, Ireland). Trees bent in the wind, a cloud filled sky, moving water cliff face and rocky shore. Her paintings have an atmospheric quality energised by broad brushstrokes and strongly textured knife marks. Sparks of unexpected colour dance on the surface of the canvas and delight the eye. Sarah 's paintings are above all a true expression of her reflective and creative spirit- full of colour, passion, life and heart." - Brenda Malley.
October - November 2017
Romance and Reason: Weather on the Edge.
Tina Brooks lives and works in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Her works have been purchased by Sligo Institute of Technology and The Office of Public Works and can be found in several collections throughout Germany, England, America, Canada and Ireland.
“My paintings are based on observations of Strandhill peninsula and its weather. Studio Paintings are not pre-planned. I use a method of laying down and scraping off paint. Each layer and brush mark, informs the next. I repeat this layering and rejecting until I can locate myself and recognize the place and its weather. These paintings are an emotional response by me to environment and place.
For centuries landscape artists have looked to nature to better understand the mysteries of life, our relationship with nature and the human condition. Given our current position in the 21st century - climate change, global warming and capitalism's clamour for global resources - I feel the subject matter is more urgent than ever.”
August - September 2017
Myra Jago makes realistic oil paintings bordering on the surreal. As her subjects shake off their
conventional roles, she uses traditional mediums, humour and wordplay to make new meanings.
Before painting begins, canvasses are multiple-layered with ground and smoothly sanded to
eliminate any distracting texture. These works ask you to look again at the reflective nature of the work, embodied within dreamlike vistas and fine oil surfaces.
Living and working in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Myra Jago received her MFA painting from
NCAD in 2011 and has practiced professionally since then. Her six month RHA studio residency in
2015, where she studied traditional painting techniques, has greatly contributed to her process. She has had three solo exhibitions to date and taken part in the last three RHA Annuals along with RUA Annual this year. Her work can be found in The State Art Collection and many other public and private collections worldwide.
June - July 2017
Charlotte Kelly was born and lives in Galway. While practising as a nurse she completed her N.D.A.D. in 2002. In June 2005 she resigned from her nursing career to paint and draw full time. Drawing is the key factor to all of her work. Strong influences of Séan McSweeney, Patrick Collins and Tony O’Malley are evident in her landscape paintings. Charlotte’s work has evolved from the traditional to the abstract. Today she paints mainly in oils on canvas but enjoys the versatility of inks. Using both materials is exciting and requires taking risks.
Charlotte finds it spiritually gratifying to express herself through her paintings, working with oil paints, mixing the colours, considering the texture and letting her imagination take over. Charlotte has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland in solo and group exhibitions.
“In the work of Charlotte Kelly that I love, light becomes an event. Landscapes are evoked with such subtlety and strangeness… as though they were creations of the light itself. Somehow she manages to imbue them with an aura of true emergence; it is as if they were seeing themselves for the first time in light, pushing and probing it until the painting becomes utterly haunting and memorable” - John O’Donohue, poet and philosopher.
April - May 2017
Recently considered for the East End Painting Prize, London, Leonard Sexton received an equivalent Bachelor of Art and Design from D.I.T. Dublin in 1987, majoring in painting. He cites conversations with the painter Patrick Graham as forming the major part of this training. In a career spanning nearly thirty years as a full-time painter, he has exhibited in England, Ireland and the US and has had work shown at major Art Fairs. His work forms a part of many private collections. His Broken Halo series completed in 2008, is housed in part of Dublin's UCD University. Since then his painting has tried to personalize and draw comparisons between certain social and political ideals. Titles of bodies of work from the last decade include 'The Ballad of Arthur Mac Bride', the negotiating of lives; ‘Images from the Life of a Dancer’, their connection to the world outside; 'The over Familiar’, the inclusion of all in one space; ‘A Matter of Unsustainable Weight’, depicting the structures and weakness of mankind; ‘A London Room’, the awareness of waiting and what we do in time, and currently a large body of work influenced by the text of Dante's Inferno. He was selected to paint RADA, exhibited at the National Theatre for Buro Four and included in the selected group representing Irish Art at Westminster Hall.
BRETH OF NATURE - These paintings, developed in a corner of the studio over a number of years have become a diary, giving a visual voice to the spirit of Fingal. “They attempt to develop what I see and carve it into the actuality of consciousness.”
February - March 2017
Aidan Flanagan is a Meath based printmaker who specialises in creating original prints of the landscape of Ireland, real and imagined. For this exhibition, he has created a new body of work using and combining the various printmaking techniques. The resulting work is a combination of editioned prints, monoprints and monotype prints.
Some of these prints were influenced by, and commenced during recent residencies at the Cill Rialaig Art Project in Co. Kerry. His landscape works are also inspired as a result of his 34 years of service in the Irish Air Corps. During that service, he was privileged to have the opportunity of viewing the landscape of Ireland from a “bird's eye” perspective.
Aidan learned the art of screen-printing on his own during late 1990's, learning further printmaking techniques through a series of workshops in Graphic Studio Dublin during 2012. He creates all his work from his home-based studio in Ratoath, Co. Meath.
This is Aidan's third solo exhibition of prints, having previously exhibited at Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne; RHA; RUA; Graphic Studio Dublin; Solstice Arts Centre; Dunamaise Arts Centre; Carlow Visual; International Print Center, New York; Manhattan Graphics Center; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut and Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain.
December 2016 - January 2017
Eimear Tynan’s work explores the landscape as a repository of memory and ritual. In her new body of work, Tynan has created a series of small oil paintings which represent mystical landscapes. The murky images reference the landscape at dawn or dusk, times of magical possibilities. Using oil glazes, Tynan has layered imagery, revealing parts of a scene while obscuring others. In these enigmatic images, there is more going on than we can see. Inspired in part by re-imaginings of the mystical landscapes of Renaissance paintings, the work evokes a sense of artifice and theatricality.
October - November 2016
Deirdre McCrory who lives in Hillsborough, Co. Down, trained at Belfast College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Deirdre has worked as an applied artist specialising in enamelling and printmaking. She has exhibited nationally and internationally both as an individual artist and as a member of the British Society of Enamellers and Seacourt Print Workshop. She is a member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Portfolio. Deirdre’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dublin Castle, Ulster Museum and the Lisburn Museum. She has received awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Deirdre’s imagery comes from her environment at home and abroad and the plants and animal life that encroach on it. Inspiration very often comes from patterns in nature, from organic material growing and decaying, and movement in shapes and colour. She is interested in the exploration and development of images. Experimentation in the processes of enamelling and printmaking enables her to create the finished pieces. Deirdre’s exhibition will feature her interpretation of nature in print and enamel showing her interest in both mediums using etching press and kiln.
August - September 2016
Rebecca Bradley’s practice investigates themes of landscape and memory through painting. Through a process of studio and site based research, she explores how our sense of place is not certain but contingent upon what we believe and what we choose to remember. This solo exhibition explores her experiences of locations such as the Cork City Docklands and its surrounding harbour. Her paintings reflect on, and evoke our lived and deeply subjective impressions of place. She salvages and embeds materials, such as rubble and sand, from these sites, to build up surfaces that punctuate and disrupt the traditional two dimensional picture plane. For Bradley this process is a bid to archive these unstable spaces, and alludes to their mutability from ongoing human and ecological interventions.
Bradley holds an MA in fine art and process from the Crawford college of art and design. Solo exhibitions include: Provisional View, Sternview Gallery, Cork, (2015); Situate, Parade, Margate, UK, (2013); Postcards, Enniskillen Visual Arts Festival, Co. Fermanagh, (2010); Soft Days, Doswell Gallery, Rosscarberry, Co. Cork, (2009). Group exhibitions include: Art Works, Visual, Carlow Arts Festival, (2016); Utopia Dystopia, Fringe Arts Festival, Bath, UK, (2016); There’s a Ghost in My House 2, Symposium and Exhibition, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, (2015); Sulumuc, Tactic Gallery, Sample-Studios, Cork, (2014); Land and Sea, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, (2011); Miami SCOPE Art Fair, (2010).
“These are paintings that deserve to be viewed close-up and sidelong, so that we are reminded why it is that people still do and should and need to paint.” - Dr. Sarah Hayden, University of Southampton, excerpt from talk delivered on the occasion of the opening of Provisional View Exhibition, September 2015
“She uses found materials such as foxed paper and faded postcards to make quietly restrained paintings of gentle decay. The results at first seem muted and spare, almost minimal, but also present an absorbing investigation into the transitions between two and three dimensional spaces, using shallow relief, recession and torn, frayed layers.” - Sarah Kelleher, writer and curator, in Paper Visual Art Journal
"Outstanding textural paintings based on landscape” - Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times visual art critic
June - July 2016
Pádraig Lynch always wanted to paint and in the early years satisfied this need by painting stage scenery and sets for various choral, musical and dramatic societies. In the ‘60s he attended UCD, obtaining a degree in Archaeology and History of Art and in the early ‘70s studied under the watchful eye of George Collie RHA at his Dublin studio. Since 1980 he has been a regular exhibitor at RHA Annual Exhibitions and also at Oireachtas, RHA Banquet, Oriel Gallery, Waldock Gallery, Sandford Gallery, Leinster Gallery, Purple Onion Gallery and the Lavit Gallery. Selected collections and commissions include: Irish Distillers, Irish Financial Centre, ESB Government Buildings, Mater Private Hospital, Ulster Bank and Bushmills Distillery.
Most of Pádraig’s work is in oil, landscape and still life but he also works in watercolour. His approach to paintings is simple; “I paint what I see”. Early work was influenced by the work of the Ulster landscape painters, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Paul Henry and Maurice Wilks. Much of the landscape painted by these artists was rugged and mountainous and later he would come to admire the work of Constable, and also that of Edward Seago who worked in the late landscape of Norfolk and Suffolk; similar to that of counties Louth and Meath. Pádraig has always enjoyed painting still life; the work of Chardin and that of the great Dutch and Flemish painters, Vermeer, Willem Claesz and Pieter Claesz has always been a great source of inspiration for him.
April - May 2016
Thomas Brezing's exhibition is entitled 'I Am A Painter I Love You'. Thomas Brezing was born in Germany in 1969 and moved to Ireland in the 1990’s. Thomas works in installation, painting, performance and video. For this exhibition he will be showing a selection of small scale paintings. These works are loosely landscape orientated, or, the base for each work starts with the notion of landscape and location, woods, water, in some cases the human presence and how we interact with our environment and respond to it. The paintings are not planned out or pre-conceptualised as the actual act and pleasure of painting takes over and chance and looseness plays as much a role as concrete thinking while paint is pushed around, scraped off, made flow, thrown, fixed, removed, restored etc. building up the layers. All through this process the paintings resist closure as - the paintings and the painter - strive towards a totality, impossible to achieve. “Reflecting through the lens that is my art practice I have realised a painting can therefore never be an answer, we have to accept its failure and understand its futility.”
March - April 2016
Our Easter Snow Gallery was delighted to showcase the work of local artists Noel Manning, Siobhan Sweetman, Dinnah Berrill and Paddy Donaghy.
February - March 2016
Mary Breach is originally from Kilsallaghan, Co. Dublin but now living in Sneem, Co. Kerry. We are delighted to show her exhibition of paintings entitled ‘The Artist’s Way’. Painting came naturally and intuitively to Mary despite a background in science, Latin and maths. After her success in the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Oireachtas and three solo shows in The Oisin Gallery Dublin, a creative block of five years brought Mary to her knees, but also proved to be the greatest gift.
"Art and nature have always been great teachers, revealing the creative process and how to live creatively, which is now the bigger focus- finding ways to share this”.
December 2015 - January 2016
Henry McGrane & Norman Teeling
Henry McGrane attended Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and began his career in 1989 with Don Bluth Animation. In 1995 he moved to the U.S. to work for 20th Century Fox Animation as a background artists. Henry returned to Ireland in 2000 to establish himself as a traditional artist and has had many successful exhibitions in galleries such as The Royal Hibernian Academy, The Solart Gallery, Corporations like Bank of Ireland. Allied Irish Bank, FBD and The Department of Agriculture collect his art and he has been commissioned to collectors throughout Europe and The United States. Henry’s virtuosity is evident in several genres, including landscapes, still life, figurative genre-scenes and portraiture. But perhaps landscape painting best reflects both his love of nature and his outstanding painterly skills. The latter is exemplified by his mastery of perspective, compositional structure and draughtsmanship - each of which would require its own in-depth article to explain and illustrate.
Norman Teeling is a painter with a romantic impressionist style and a passion for painting ‘En Plein Air’. Born in Ireland in 1944, it was there where his tutors included Maurice MacDonigal PPRHA, Carey Clarke PPRHA, and John Kelly RHA and where he earned a Degree in Art and his teaching credential from the National College of Art and Design. After twelve years of teaching Art at several Dublin colleges, Norman Teeling took a hiatus from the profession to pursue his creative drive in the Animation industry. Norman’s wide repertoire includes street scenes, interiors, landscapes, portraits, still lives, and historical subjects, all painted with an accomplished proficiency. He has exhibited widely in well known Art Galleries in Ireland and abroad and his monumental ten painting suite, ‘The 1916 Rising’, now hangs on permanent display in the General Post Office, Dublin. Norman has also worked as a background artist on two feature films with Don Bluth Studios and travelled to Norway in 1996 to develop his first animated feature film, Gurin with Foxtail. Additional work has appeared on RTÉ and his creation Fearless Film was produced for Children’s Television, Dublin.
October - November 2015
This exhibition of new works by Dave West is a selection taken from a series of paintings completed on location during the past three years. These postcard-sized paintings are a result of the practice of painting ‘Plein Air’, a project initially undertaken with no planned outcome; just the practice of painting for it’s own sake. This series now numbers over a hundred and fifty pieces, with paintings from locations as diverse as the artist’s garden shed, through travels in the Mediterranean and Wales, to a number of paintings resulting from a month long residency in the Loughshinny boathouse (courtesy of Fingal Arts Office). The most interesting aspect of this project has been to see what the day and location offer and to find some visual expression or language for that moment where the weather, location and the artist meet. It is a practice of committing oneself to the act of painting and finding something in the most unassuming of locations and the most inclement weather.
August - September 2015
Phil McMenemy, Morag Paterson & Ted Leeming
Phil, Morag and Ted are Scotland’s finest landscape and abstract photographers who have exhibited around Europe with great success. This photographic exhibition has been inspired by Water. It exhibits the culmination of their explorations into the Southwest Scottish heartland and a personal study of the life-giving force. Water has long been an inspiration for art across many different disciplines spanning the centuries. What better subject than one that transforms endlessly and provides a mirror for light and landscape. The sounds and atmosphere around water are also associated with emotional responses in humans; the crash of a stormy sea, gently lapping waves, the constant babbling of a burn. Ted, Morag and Phil set out on journeys through their local landscape to investigate these qualities and to try to capture the many forms water can take. They did this by carefully selecting sections ofwatercourses to attempt to depict its force, power, form and structure. The resulting images demonstrate both common and disparate interactions with water in their own individual graphic styles.
June - July 2015
Stephen Nolan is a Wexford born painter living and working in Gorey, Co. Wexford. His paintings are colourful statements on modern Irish culture and the physical world he inhabits. Using a mix of considered geometric forms contrasting with bold expressive brushwork he achieves an offbeat dynamism in his compositions, while accenting the paintings with little islands of fine detail, he likes to create pieces that lend themselves to thought and contemplation. His paintings are created on a modest scale, created on stretched canvas pulled taut over wooden panels. In this way he achieves an overall aesthetic that subtly moves the meaning away from the image into the domain of the Art object and the ‘handmade’. While simultaneously use of strong colour means that when grouped together these paintings create a joyfully colourful gallery environment filled with multiple points of interest that creates a fascinating visual experience for the viewer. Loaded with humour the paintings are witty remarks on Ireland and what it means to be Irish, all set in an interesting display of beautiful Objet d’art for the gallery visitor to spend time with and reflect on at their leisure.
April - May 2015
Born in 1929, Thomas Ryan attended the Limerick School of Art, then the National College of Art in Dublin, where he studied under Seán Keating and Maurice Mc Gonigle. In 1957 he first exhibited at the RHA and became an associate member in 1968. He has had many commissions for portraits and he is also well known for his sensitive still-life paintings and for his Irish historical scenes, especially those of the 1916 Rising. He has exhibited at the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin and was President of the RHA from 1982 to 1992.
Thomas Ryan's other accolades include;
• Designer of Irish coins and Medals;
• President, Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts, 1982 – 1992;
• Chairman, RHA Trust;
• Honorary Member, Royal Academy, London and Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh;
• Governor, National Gallery of Ireland, 1979 – 1982;
• Honorary Member, The Water Colour Society of Ireland;
• President, United Arts Club, Dublin;
• President, Limerick Art Society; Associate, National College of art & Design;
• Board Member, Stamp Design Committee, An Post;
• Founder Member, European Council of National Academies of Fine Art (Madrid);
• Council Member of Friends of the National Collection of Ireland;
• Knight of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem;
• Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem;
• Doctor of Letters; University of Limerick;
• Freeman of Limerick.
January - March 2015
Artist Barbara Craig is known for her striking landscape work; bold paintings often influenced by the weather, of scenes captured in her mind’s eye whilst out enjoying a ramble. Originally trained as a fashion designer she has always loved to draw people and will jot down little sketches of folk and animals when out painting ‘plein aire’. Capturing instances of ordinary everyday life there is always humour in this work. Barbara often finds herself painting views and vignettes maybe considered by others as mundane but manages to introduce a quirky twist or a personal abstract way of looking at us and our environment. Her work, whatever subject, is brought to life with a spontaneous, vigorous use of media and colour to hopefully captivate the viewer. Barbara's 2012 body of work was entitled ‘Stories from things past’ and centres around her early childhood in Portballintrae where she was born. Barbara has been a professional artist for the past 8 years and has had solo exhibitions in the north and south of Ireland and exhibited and sold work in England and France.
November - December 2014
Graphic Studio Gallery showcase the work of their studio members and gallery artists at our Easter Snow Gallery. This is a unique opportunity to see a selection of original fine art prints by renowned Printmakers, some of which were part of a wonderful exhibition inspired by The National Botanic Gardens Dublin. Graphic Studio Gallery is the oldest fine art print gallery in Dublin, centrally situated in the Temple Bar district, through the archway on Cope Street, behind the Central Bank building. It deals exclusively in contemporary original prints: etchings, photo etchings, lithographs, carborundum prints, screen prints and wood and lino block prints by prominent and emerging artists. Since its foundation in 1988 it has become an integral cultural feature of the city.
September - October 2014
Dervla O'Flaherty, an artist from North County Dublin completed her BA in Fine Art Painting at theNational College of Art and Design(NCAD), Dublin in 2012 and Post-Graduate studies at Cyprus College of Art in 2014. Dervla receivedseveral student and graduate awardsfollowing her BA Degree showincluding ‘RDS Student Art Awards and travelling exhibition’,‘Emerging Artist Residency Award’ and subsequent group exhibitions atCill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Co. Kerry. Her work was shown as part of the OPW‘Art of the State Exhibition 2013 ‘Encounters’(anOPW/DFP exhibition and publication – travelling to four destinations throughout Ireland). Dervla has exhibited widely in Ireland and Cyprus, and has upcoming exhibitions in Edinburgh, Belfast and Iceland. Dervla’s interests within her current painting series ‘places I am looking for’, are derived from active engagement with ideas of place and space, often focusing on the reimagining of place that comes into play in conjunction with memory, recounting and retelling. Her work is influenced by colours, forms and milieu of places she has travelled, picking up narrative from myth, stories and imagination, and becoming new places inhabited by memory, experience and longing.
July - August 2014
Maura Taylor Buckley was born in North County Dublin where she has continued to live and work, drawing her inspiration from the variety of the county. She exhibits frequently in Ireland, regularly at the RHA Annual Exhibition and her work is in private collections all over the world. Maura’s flair for design was inspired by Professor Romain; her mentor at the NCAD (National College of Art & Design, Dublin). Her pen and ink cityscapes invoke the essence of old Dublin where she was inspired by both the simple architecture of the back streets and Dublin’s impressive Georgian facades. Her rural roots are evident from the landscapes and seascapes of North County Dublin, a perennial favourite being the coastlines of Portrane. Maura is probably best known for her impressive still life work in oil, she is inspired by both Vermeer’s interiors and Chardin’s still life paintings.
May - June 2014
Jim Kilgarriff's inspiration and source of his material comes mainly from the costal environment of North Co. Dublin. The ever-changing interaction of sea, wind and shore provide a constant mine of possibilities. The finished pieces, mainly in acrylic on canvas or paper,explore the detailed weathering of shell shards and strata patterned stones. The awesome serpentine shapes, which make up the cliffs at Loughshinny are another source ofvisual excitement. Although not landscapes, Jim’s work reflects the texture and feel of the lovely place he lives.Small local details, eroded forms which evolve through wind and tide on the seashore, echo the grandeur of canyons and mountains. The patterns, colour and texture of broken shell, stone and rusty metal reflect the rhythm of sea and wind and are landscapes in themselves. The wonder of God's creation revealed in the small and intimate. Jim, an Art teacher in Rush, Co. Dublin for 29 years has had successful exhibitions in the Daffodil Gallery, Skerries; Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; The Clotworthy Art Gallery, Co. Antrim; Rush Library, Co. Dublin.
March - April 2014
James English RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) launched our Easter Snow Gallery with a six-week exhibition of his work. James, born in Naul, Co. Dublin in 1946 now lives in Loughshinny, Co. Dublin where he works from his Studio/Gallery. He first exhibited his work in 1974 in the Tattan Gallery, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This was followed by three more exhibitions in the Tattan before staging a one person Exhibition in Gallery 22, Dublin. He then went on to have successful exhibitions in Kilcock Art Gallery, Kildare; the James Gallery, Dublin; the Lavit Gallery in Cork; the Europa in Brussels; and the RHA Ashford Gallery.In 2003 James was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and subsequently in 2005 was elected a full member. Over the years James has been the recipient of a number of awards including; The James Kenneth Kennedy Memorial Award, RHA exhibition 2001; The ESB Keating/McLaughlin Medal & Award, RHA Exhibition 2003; and RHA Friends Award at the RHA Exhibition 2012.