August 03rd, 2019
Hambly and Hambly at Dunbar House in Enniskillen.
I have had the distinct pleasure of having my work accepted by one of my very favourite Galleries, Hambly & Hambly at Dunbar House. (See images below, of pieces currently available there). One of my first encounters with this fantastic large Commercial Gallery came through Facebook, I was astounded by how many of the artists I follow, love and admire where on show here....I quickly joined their mailing list and when well enough started to attend some of their amazing and varied exhibitions and happenings.
In 2018 my work was accepted for the 1ft sq show, an annual exhibition I have been delighted to be included in now for some years, with the unfortunate closing of the wonderful Higherbridges Gallery in Enniskillen the exhibition was opened in the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh. It was a successful exhibition with the usual mix of stunning works from all levels of creative....It was decided by the powers that be that the exhibition should again be shown in its original hometown of Enniskillen and Hambly & Hambly was the chosen destination much to my absolute delight. This was the first introduction of my work to this prominent Gallery and our relationship has developed from there.
I am seriously thrilled to tell you my work is available in the same space as so very many of my peers & idols, contemporary & modern artists and abstractionists...this progressive vibrant and quite possibly largest commercial Gallery in the region is ticking all my boxes, do yourself a favour and go visit, the breath of work is outstanding, varied and exciting and the venue itself a hidden oasis of grace and elegance.
Shifting walls on show until Aug 24th at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh.
We had a wonderful night at our Opening Reception for #shiftingwalls in Strule Arts Centre, Omagh...or so I'm told! Due to a calendar clash I was unable to attend the opening night...we knew this as soon as our dates came in and whilst it was unfortunate it was unavoidable.
Kate, Jo, Roisin, Jackie and Sinead were all there, along with Fermanagh and Omaghs District Council Arts Manager Byrony May who so readily agreed to open on our behalf ..and what a fine job she did (https://www.instagram.com/p/B0Wv-xUlbRj/?igshid=yczlbiykga0c) and thank you again Byrony, your support means a great deal to us all.
I had mentioned earlier there are plans afoot for a closing event in Strule before this exhibition continues onto its next destination (The Markethouse, Monaghan followed by Droichead Arts Centre, Louth). However at time of writing we are still finalizing these details, coordinating so many busy diaries is never a simple task and I shall of course tell you all as soon as I can on the date settled, for now I'll leave you with an open invitation to go see our exhibition, enjoy our work and feel free to let us know your opinion or indeed share your #shiftingwalls story.
Next Saturday I am teaching in Armagh....wanna join me?
I have mentioned before that I was bringing my wax ironing workshops back to Armagh in August, and it's coming up....Saturday Aug 10th to be exact ..and news is there is 1 space left....see below for details xx N.
So Hi There Blog friends,
I wanted you to be the first people to see a selection of my new work.
This series of wax and pigment monotypes on kozo paper were started whilst on residency in Cill Rialaig earlier this year and they are soon to appear on my website available for sale and exhibition.
Each piece, either vertical or horizontal is 51x41cm and I have yet to decide if I shall present them affixed to panel or more traditionally matted and framed...I have to say I am leaning towards affixed to panel..it retains more of the contemporary feel I prefer - what do you think? Perhaps I should offer them unmounted in a roll for choice of option..really what do you think?
I have a large backlog of fresh work, mostly original small scale print pieces from my "Shape of Life" series to load up to the webpage too, they are strongly positive pieces with a repeatable diamond motif which speaks to me about clarity, wisdom and ascension in the metaphorical sense, they are very healing works to my mind, quite delicate in their make up and created whilst I have been dealing with my treatment for chronic fatigue....their development has coincided with my healing after a number of years of difficulty and when I figure out how I hope to offer the remaining number for purchase right from my webpage, along with some older works, namely encaustic paintings on paper from my "Generations" works and "smallstories" series produced in the past number of years.
Today however I wish to share with you "Left of Field" This new series, as mentioned above of 7 only original works, this is their first public viewing and although its only a glimpse I would very much appreciate your feedback...the palette is an extension of my "shapeoflife" works but I see the influence of the Cill Rialaig surroundings in these works too, the grey of the rock, the yellow of the lichen, the quick rolling weather, flashes of light and murky clouds...its all here ... there is a real progression of dark to light with much of this work which reflects with my journey with chronic illness in recent years, watch the video below, I do hope you like the work, let me know what you think!
Thanks Niamh. x
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the drumlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.