Ian Burke is a painter and printmaker whose artwork is inspired by coastlines and wild interior landscapes. He graduated Goldsmith's College, London in 1984 with an M.A. in Fine Art, and since then has exhibited widely. He is also a dedicated teacher and has taught for many years alongside making his own work. He is currently Drawing Master at Eton College, Berkshire.
Much of his work is inspired by the very particular landscape around his house and studio in the Yorkshire Moors. His studio, an old pig shed, contains the large Columbian printing press he uses to make his prints. He draws inspiration from the surrounding river, waterfall, house and garden. His fascination with fishing and the sea can be seen in the dramatic depictions of crabs and fish in this current exhibition.
Thirty Years, woodblock print
Duo, woodblock print
Big Dog II, woodblock print
Born in Dublin in 1958, Eilis Crean graduated from NCAD in 1981, and earned her MFA in 2000 at Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA. She has exhibited at the RHA AnnualExhibition, Dublin; The Visual, Carlow; Clifden Arts Festival, Galway; Dunamaise Art Center, Portlaoise; and Alliance Francaise, Dublin. In the USA at Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN; Redline Contemporary Art Center, Boulder, CO; Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tuscon AZ; Hambidge Center, GA; Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta;Kennesaw State University and Valdosta State University, GA; the Association of Visual Artists, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mazur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA; and Cesis International, Latvia. Her has work been published in International Painting 1 – Manifest Research Gallery, Ohio, IN; and the Studio Visit Magazine – Open Studios Press, Boston, MA. Crean’s work is held in the State collections of Ireland, France and Latvia, the collections of La Grange Art Museum, Georgia; King & Spalding, Atlanta; the Figgis collection, Ireland, and numerous private collections in Ireland and the United States.
She is Professor of Art at University of West Georgia, and divides her studio time between Georgia, USA and Ireland.
Connemara Fuschia II
Cloud of the Partry Mountains
Diarmuid Delargy RUA was born in Belfast in 1958. He studied at the University of Ulster and the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where he graduated with an M.A. in 1983. He has lived and worked in the west of Ireland for many years.
As a painter, sculptor and print maker, Delargy has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. He has received numerous bursaries and awards for his work including the Gold Medal at the European Large Format Print Exhibition, Dublin (1991). His suite of 24 prints based on a text by Samuel Beckett was approved by the author and was exhibited widely including MOMA San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.
Delargy was printmaker in residence at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 1988. He has had solo exhibitions at The Orchard Gallery, Derry; the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast; and the Taylor Galleries, Dublin; as well as numerous group exhibitions.
Delargy was elected to Aosdána in 1999.
Bull and Calf in the Rain - Inis Meann, Aran Islands, oil on Somerset paper
Liz Doyle is a painter and printmaker based in County Donegal. Born in Germany, she spent two years of her childhood in Nepal. She raised her children in Wales and moved to Donegal in 2007. She is influenced by Eastern spirituality and Buddhism
Big Stone III
Jonathan Frisby studied at the Florence Academy of Art. Many of his oil paintings are painted en plein air as he strives to capture the play of light on the landscape forms. He refuses to paint from photographs preferring to battle the elements and the environment for the spontaneous image.
Three for Tea, watercolour on paper
End of the Evening
Born in Dublin in 1953, Pat Harris studied at NCAD and Higher Institute of Fine Art, Antwerp. His work is represented in a number of public collections, including: The Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin; The National Self-Portrait and Contemporary Art Collection, Limerick; University College Dublin and The University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Landscapes made in the polders of Tielrode, where he lives, or in the boglands of Mayo in the west of Ireland, all exude a certain quiet beauty. A stillness and Rothko like glow that is achieved by slowly building up thin often transparent layers of oil paint. Harris considers himself a translator; he translates the world around him into marks. And it is the marks he makes by both applying and removing the paint or, in his drawings, the charcoal, that remain to tell the story. A story of transience but also continuance, of fragile objects and places that obliquely persist, captured in the fragile surface of his marks.
Teach Mór, oil on linen, 80 x 100 cm
For J.M.W, oil on linen, 80 x 100 cm
Leonie King was born in Glaslough, County Monaghan. The family moved to Galway and restored Oranmore Castle from a ruin to a habitable home where Leonie now has her studio and home. Studying at the London school of Printing and Central School of Art formed the foundation of a journey involving exploration of both old and new technologies regarding print. A vibrant range of pigments collected and inspired by travel mingle with a richly textured print created by individual layers, each building and leaving its tonal mark on one another.
Collections include London University Library, Eircom, Bank of Ireland,Galway City Council, Galway County Council.
Dolores Lyne is originally from Killarney, after art college in the South East she moved west to Galway over 20 years ago. Drawn to the West to work with its widescreen scale and accompanying islands. As a child, she had a print of Connemara on her wall, a wedding present from her Mother, and it seemed a magical place. Lyne has an affinity and fascination for water, both being in it and on it. Most recently she spent time digging below the surface of an uninhabited island off of Inisbofin as an embedded artist on an archeological dig. She moves across mediums as she would terrain using a variety of techniques to access her truth.
Collections include Irish Arts Council, OPW, Bank of Ireland, Irish Writers Museum, Galway City and County Collections, National University of Galway, Tipperary County Council.
Born in Scotland in 1940, Bob Lynn studied art at the Edinburgh College of Art. Since then he has travelled, studied and worked in London and Poland. In the seventies he fell in love with Ireland and after years of commuting between London and the West of Ireland, he finally settled in Co. Wicklow permanently in 1980.
Wicklow has given him a rich store of subject matter, which he has drawn on for many years. His earlier paintings, although recognisable in the drawing aspect, showed the beginnings of his use of exaggerated colour. Strictly speaking his work inhabits a world somewhere between figuration and abstraction: objects and things are strongly suggested if not actually depicted. In his recent work colour is to the fore. Working in the typical Scottish 'colourist' tradition, he uses vibrant colours and broad brushstrokes and has a brilliant compositional sense to create stunning results.
Will Maclean is a Scottish artist whose work is heavily influenced by his connection with landscape, the coast and the sea. Before attending Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen (1961-65) Maclean worked at sea as a midshipman (1957-59).
The critic and writer Duncan Macmillan writes in his introduction to the monograph on Maclean 'Symbols of Survival' "Will Maclean is one of the outstanding artists of his generation in Scotland...his art is rooted in his knowledge of the Highlands, the Highland people, and their history and in his own early associations with sailors and the sea. This makes it relevant and immediately accessible, yet it remains uncompromisingly modern in it's forms and concerns."
Maclean's work is in many public collections including Arts Council of Great Britain; The British Museum; Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow City Art Galleries; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Scottish Arts Council; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; McMaster Museum, Canada; and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA.
Rebecca McLynn completed a BA in Visual Art at Lancaster University and an MA in Fine Art at the Wimbledon School of Art. Her work investigates nature through time spent in remoter locations, areas of unspoilt beauty both inland and coastal. Recording, exploring and distilling the power that wild locations and their weather have over the human condition. She has exhibited at numerous group and solo shows including recently Artwave West, Dorset, June, 2016; Cavaliero Finn, Dulwich Festival, 2016; Imago Mundi, Ireland, 2016; Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, 2016; Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, 2016. She has work included in both private and public collections including P&O Ferries, University of Sussex Art Collection, AIB Arts Collection and University of Lancaster Arts Collection.
Atlantic Edge II, oil on canvas, 94 x 94 cm
Spindrift I, oil on canvas, 48 x 53 cm
At Sea, painted wood sculpture on light box, 20 x 40 cm
Back to the Green Fields, painted wood sculpture with bronze, 35 x 40 cm
Nick Miller was born in London but has been based in the west of Ireland since 1992. Miller pursues different genres and modes of working that allow direct engagements with his subjects, whether portrait, landscape or object.
Elected as a member of Aosdána in 1991 in recognition of his contribution to the arts in Ireland. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Hennessy Portrait Award at the National Gallery of Ireland. Miller has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; RHA, Dublin; New York Studio School, New York, USA; and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France. His work is held in many private institutional and public collections including the National Gallery of Ireland; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin City Gallery; The Arts Council of Ireland; the Niland Collection; and the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg.
Benwee Head, casein paint on arches mounted on aluminium composite
Hughie O'Donoghue was born in Manchester in 1953 and now lives and works in Co. Mayo and London. His new exhibition of large scale, cinematic painted constructions and sculpture, One Hundred Years and Four Quarters will be shown at Galway International Arts Festival from 11-24 of July. Other recent solo museum exhibitions include Painting/Memory: Artist's Laboratory, Royal Academy, London, 2012; The Road, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011; The Journey, Leeds City Art Gallery, 2009; Lost Histories: Imagined Realities, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; and Parables, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France, 2008.
His work is in public collections throughout the world including Art Gallery of South Australia; British Museum, London; Dallas Museum of Art, USA; the Hugh Lane, Dublin; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Michigan Museum of Art, USA; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork, Ireland in 2005 and was elected to the Royal Academy, London in 2009 and Aosdána in 2013.
Voyage of the Plassy, oil on canvas
Paula Pohli is an Irish printmaker and graphic artist. She was born in Dublin and now lives in County Mayo, where she is surrounded by the raw, unpretentious beauty of the rural environments that inspire her work. She does not use a printing press and all her prints are produced by hand.
The Sheds, linocut print
Stilt Barn, Mayo; linocut print
Barbara Rae CBE RA is a painter and printmaker. Although primarily based in Edinburgh, her extensive travels have generated works which show a deep interest in the history and aesthetics of landscape. Rae has said of her approach "I'm not interested in topographical detail. I need to be able to immerse myself in the culture of a place to create art."
Having worked at Ballinglen, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo for extended periods periods over the last fifteen years, the landscapes of Co. Mayo feature prominently in her work.
Barbara Rae is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. She has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Napier University, Edinburgh; Aberdeen University; Royal College of Art, London; and University of St. Andrew's, Fife, Scotland.
Stevey Scullion is a sculptor born in Scotland but now living in London and Co. Mayo, Ireland. He originally trained as a ship's carpenter in Glasgow but later studied Printmaking at the Glasgow Print Studios before moving to London to study Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art. He has previously worked as a lecturer in Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and Guildhall University.
Scullion has exhibited his work extensively, recently at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London; and at NOA, London where he was a prizewinner. His sculpture 'Journey' was commissioned by Iarnród Éireann and is installed at Kilkenny's MacDonagh Railway Station.
Donald Teskey was born in Co. Limerick and graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1978. He came to prominence as an artist through his skill as a draughtsman during the 1980s with several significant solo exhibitions. Since 1992 he has crafted out a substantial body of work as a painter of the landscape focusing on the ruggedness of the western seaboard. Sometimes working on a very large scale, his images reflect his response to the formal elements of composition; shape, form and fall of light. The result are powerful images of instantly recognisable parts of the Irish landscape with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless, energetic and elemental force of nature. He is the recipient of awards from EV+A, the Claremorris Open Exhibition, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy. He was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Centre, USA in 2002.
The Calm Sea
Jane Williams graduated from Goldsmiths College, Camberwell in 1985 where she studied fine art/textiles, specialising in machine embroidery. Her paintings originate from the feeling of connectedness she gets from swimming in the Atlantic Ocean near her home in Louisburgh. Immersed in the water, she surrenders to the freedom of weightlessness where the physical body dissolves and becomes one with the elements. Here, she loses the sense of herself being a separate entity and feels she can slip through the threads of the veil into a space of light and stillness - a world between worlds.
As she paints she relives her experience of being in the water and the painting develops a life of its own. The image evolves through the application of layers of colour which she scrapes off and scratches into when the surface is barely dry. This process brings about a rich texture and depth, creating patterns of light and shadow. The bodily form merges into this image - a form which is both immersed in the element but also separate from it.