At Origin Gallery from 15th March 2019
opening by Dr. Noelle Campbell Sharp, Founder, Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Co. Kerry
TEN LEADING LANDSCAPE ARTISTS PAINT THE KINGDOM OF KERRY
Featuring works by…
Andrew Gifford, born in Sheffield, England, is an award winning and eminent English artist. He is one of over 4,900 artists, writers and poets who have had residencies at the restored pre-famine village of Cill Rialaig, now an International Artist Retreat on ‘the last road in Ireland’ Bolus Head. Recognised as one of the most innovative young landscape painters working today, Gifford’s skills capture the vivid, wild beauty of the Kerry landscape.
Linda Graham trained in Fine Art in the Hague, Netherlands and Art and Design in Kilmainham, Dublin in the 1970’s. Linda lives and works at her studio in North Kerry. She has works in collections in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Vatican, the United States, Singapore and Portugal. Linda paints contemporary landscapes and portraits in oil, including large works and murals. Her paintings may be seen in the gallery at Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs where Linda has had several artist residencies and now serves on the board of the project.
Dr. Eithne Healyis a former professor from East London University, where she obtained her doctorate in Fine Art and Film, after earning her bachelor’s degree at the Wimbledon School of Art. She currently teaches at the Hampstead School of Art, and has experience teaching artists of all levels, young and old. She has had several residencies at the Cill Rialaig Artist’s Retreat and her previous exhibitions shown in Cill Rialaig have focused on the themes of memory and connection to place, reflecting her time spent in South West Kerry from where she and her family orginated.
Susan Morley, ‘Derrynane’, Pastel, 75 x 56cmSusan Morley is a Dublin born painter who comes from a long tradition of watercolour landscape artists. She first exhibited in Dublin in 1976, and spent many years working to commission in Ireland’s great houses and gardens. She moved to Kerry in 2006, where her main subject matter has been archaeological studies in the landscape, megaliths and sacred sites. She began a body of work while painting at the Pyramids of Giza in 2016/17, which draws comparisons with the ancient stone structures of Ireland, and she is currently continuing to paint on this theme.
Passionate about nature and art, UK artist Maggie Brown has painted the special Kerry landscape in all its wild glory, the elements, and the unique light by using colour, surface pattern, and texture with a variety of media. Her paintings are a record, capturing quiet times of observation, of mountains and intimate hedges, little boreens or small roads, places so disregarded, that she feels they deserve a second glance!
Born in Surrey, England in 1964, Sarah Corner grew up with a passion for painting and the natural world. After leaving school she first worked in London on the restoration of painted and gilded Antiques and Oriental Lacquer, including pieces for the V&A and Science museums and the Palace of Westminster. Moving to Tipperary in 2001 she was greatly inspired by the Irish landscape. After a rewarding residency at the Cill Rialaig Artist’s retreat in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry in 2004 followed by a sell out show at Origin in 2005, her list of avid followers has grown greatly.
Sarah Langham, living in Co. Fermanagh, born in Dublin in 1960, has always been drawn to the ephemeral light and landscapes of the West of Ireland. Her childhood summers were spent by the sea in County Kerry, which explains where this love springs from. Having been an artist in residence at the Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, it is clear how much the beauty of South West Ireland has had an impact on her as an artist. Her works have been purchased by collectors around the world.
Wicklow-based artist Rod Coyne imagines the way the Milesians saw the Skelligs or the bay of Ballinskelligs when the Blood Moon burns the water and rock red. This “other world” Coyne sets out to capture on his last trip to South West Kerry. He was further inspired by the colourful language used to describe the accidental and amazing change of light that surely is Nature’s ‘creativity.’
Born in Ringsend in Dublin, Ken Browne, once involved in music with Christy Dignam, is a self-taught artist who has had great success through his innovation and artistic mastery. His landscapes are deeply connected to human emotion, containing both a reverence for nature and the inner mind. He has had several residencies at Cill Rialaig as well as exhibitions all over Ireland and in the UK.
Colour and texture define Carole Shubothams work, which tell a multitude of stories, each one a result of her free-spirited style, an idiosyncratic response to nature and the elements. There’s a deep sensuality of play in her work, fluid lines in her drawings and her apparent love of primal colours in her unforced relationship with the rural landscapes. Her journey from painstaking draftswoman to provocative expressionist is one that appears to be well worthwhile. She claims her strong draw to Kerry and Cill Rialaig has enhanced her work.
THE FINAL HURRAH!
The last exhibition at 37 Fitzwilliam St.
ORIGIN RELOCATING SOON