Lola Donoghue is an Irish artist living and working in Galway, in the West of Ireland. She graduated at the top of her class with a first class honours degree in Fine Art (Painting) from Limerick School of Art and Design.
Imbued with a painterly, ethereal quality, her work is characterized by a predominantly white-on-white palette, layered with a mix of muted colors and splashes of bright neon. Her work is light and fresh and the compositions are a delicate balance of intricate linear forms and concentrated layers of colour.
Her work makes a statement on the social milieu, an interpretation and exploration of everyday contemporary culture and society, representing the unseen internal emotions without the distraction of meaningful images. Hidden in the subtle, delicate washes are details, renderings that draw the eye and hint at the exploration of the unconscious, clashing narratives and the tension and balance that exist therein.
Laura Wade is an Irish artist originally from Cork and now living in North Mayo. Laura works primarily in the medium of ink and brush on paper while often utilising other image making ways such as collage, photography and mixed media.
She studied Fine Art at the Galway Mayo Centre for Creative Arts + Media. In 2014 she graduated with a first class honours and an academic achievement award. After graduating she received the Cork Printmakers emerging artist 12 month bursary.
Laura's work has a level of sophistication that suggestively plays with the viewer. She is able to suggest a mighty scale in her paintings yet physically draw the viewer in for close examination of the immediate and sensitive micro perforated details. The beautiful hand made papers on which she works have been cajoled into exploiting the inks, spreading and seperating the pigments into etherial, luminescent and subtly coloured skies and foregrounds. This exploration of surface material is brilliantly achieved giving so much life and depth to the finished pieces. Her scenes are observations of nature shielding us, tempting us onwards, dominating us, welcoming us.
Liam Jones was born in Ballina, Co. Mayo. The wild beauty of the surrounding countryside was a powerful catalyst in moving him into the world of landscape painting.
He travelled widely, but he was continually drawn back to this country and to the West of Ireland in particular.
He held his first one-man exhibition in Dublin over thirty years ago. Since then he has been recording, in a personal way, the ever-changing moods and light of the West.
There is a wonderful sense of space in these paintings, a tranquillity where nothing is hurried.
These landscapes have a timeless quality and are beautifully illuminated by the sun peeking through moving clouds, creating dramatic skies..
Liam himself says of this work: "No poet, no painter can ever fully capture all that is contained in the landscape. In fleeting moments when our pride takes a grip we feel we have it, we've got it, but then the landscape merely changes and invites us further in. The landscape surely is a reflection of the divine. It is eternal."
Eamonn Mullarkey is an Irish artist based in Dublin, born and raised in Ballina Co Mayo. For the past 40 years he has been painting with oils on canvas.
His development as an artist has been influenced by the diversity of shape and form and the ever changing light and colour in the environment in which he grew up and where he continues to spend a lot of time. This is an area between the strong Atlantic coastline and the rugged Ox mountains.
In his painting he tries to depict this landscape by creating a dialogue between the Abstract and the Representational.
Eoin is a Cork based artist, originally from Dublin. Through his semi-abstract landscape paintings he experiments with colour, tone, textures, mixed media and glazes to create atmospheric, engaging pieces. His aim is to create work that resonates through colour vibrance and allows the viewer to create a sense of place. He regularly sketches in the landscape allowing him to stay connected with nature and absorb the shapes, sounds and sense of his preferred subject.
Niamh Slack’s impressionist style is an ode to the ever-changing light, shadows that continually change the tones of land and water. Her style lends itself beautifully to the rugged Irish landscape. As an artist Niamh is used to looking closer at a place and uncovering insights not apparent at first glance. Niamh likes ideally to paint ‘en plein air’ which gives her the opportunity to connect deeply with her surroundings.
When depicting seascapes her interest often lies in the wealth of colours and tones that can be explored in rock formations by the sea. She is especially taken with exploring the tonal ranges that can be found in such formations. Woodland scenes have always and continue to strike a chord with her, and her work focuses on the changing colours of the seasons, both on the foliage and the woodland floor.
Trisha Slowey is an Irish artist based in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. A graduate of The National College of Art and Design, she specialises in oil paintings and all of her paintings are one off originals. Trisha would describe her style as realist and her attention to detail has become her trademark.
Her inspiration for her paintings is derived mainly from her beautiful natural surroundings in the north west of Ireland. She also has a great passion for portraits.
Ann comes from an illustration and graphic design background. She is an honours graduate of DIT in Visual Communications. A regular contributor to the Irish Times, her work was much in demand in the cut-throat world of advertising where she was widely regarded as one of the top illustrators in the country particularly in the notoriously difficult area of equine art.
Ann has designed and illustrated a number of projects for An Post including postage stamps. She created the winning designs for the 1988 Irish Olympic stamps which later went on to win the overall Prix Olympia Gold Medal awarded by the International Olympic Committee surpassing all countries who issued stamps for the games that year. The original Olympic Gold Medal awarded now resides in the An Post archives.
This worldwide recognition of her talent has given her a great basis in her work in the fine art world where her versatility and experience shines through. She has been selected to exhibit with the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition and is regularly represented in various exhibitions at home and abroad including Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Great Britain and Sweden where she enjoys much success.
Born in England Trudie Mooney now lives and works in the west of Ireland. She graduated in the eighties when she was primarily a printmaker. After shifting her focus to painting in oils Mooney began exhibiting in Ireland and is now known for her precise still life paintings. Her work has been selected for the RHA and RUA and is represented in many public, private and corporate collections.
Eileen creates one off contemporary pieces of artwork that portray the beauty of the Irish Landscape. “Trees are represented in my work whether they are fairy trees or just fleeting glances of the beautiful Irish countryside." Eileen incorporates different fabrics into her artwork including cotton, linen and Irish tweeds to name but a few. Her thread has now become her drawing tool which she uses to draw her designs with her sewing machine.
Eileen says… "When I start a piece of work I have an idea in my head of what it will look like. Then I start sewing and the fabric and stitch take on a life of its own. It evolves and directs me to where it wants to go. I am under the command of the piece from then on."
Graham Stewart is a visual artist living and working along the Wild Atlantic Way on the Mayo/Sligo border. He is an established artist and is best known for his traditional and highly detailed Irish landscape paintings. With a keen interest in contemporary art he is constantly experimenting with abstract and conceptual paintings. His work is held in many private collections and was a member of the new gallery art collective.
For four years Graham worked as a Community Artist for Mayo County Council where he found great inspiration and revelations through the collaborations and projects experienced in his community.
Padraig McCaul has been painting full time since 2006, his work is inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape and coastline of Ireland's west coast, the Wild Atlantic Way. He presents the Irish landscape in a series of colour filled, evocative images, where broad strokes are preferred to fine detail and where simple, uncluttered compositions allow room for the viewer to get lost in the paintings. houses, roads, farm buildings, country lanes, all feature strongly in his work.
He works with oil on canvas, using a single palette knife and brush to create his semi-abstract, colour filled paintings. Since moving to Achill with his family in 2012 McCaul's paintings of the west of Ireland have continued to evolve and now include more figurative work, sometimes based on, but always inspired by his own family.