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
You may remember me telling you recently that I attended a great lithography class in Enniskillen, and I did, it was super....additionally it alerted me to the fact that the pleasure I derived from attending such a class could be rolled out and that at all times learning is a life long process....well with this is mind I was delighted to have a wonderful opportunity come my way in the guise of a group of printmaking classes offered by Creative Spark in Dundalk (roughly an hour from my house) and chomping at the bit I signed up then and there.... well so far over the course of three weeks under the expert guidance of print instructor Grainne Murphy in the most impressive of print studios I have explored Monotype (no new news to me there but using more traditional mediums then my favoured wax and pigment and on more traditional paper types too - so still fascinating!) Drypoint etching and Carborundum with chine colle ...I have very few photos at present as I am so stuck into mastering the processes it didn't occur to me to snap away, however with a further three weeks to go and experiments in merging some of these techniques in my mind I hope to share a number of more images over the remaining three weeks ...so as they say watch this space....additionally check out CREATIVE SPARK to hear more about their training sessions, Artist in residence program and general training and meeting provisions.
I know it's hard to believe it's the middle of April already and so much has happened not least I had some postcards in the Incognito sale for Jack and Jill, at the fabulous Solomon gallery in Dublin.
It is for such a wonderful cause, Jonathan Irwin and his family started the charity to honour baby Jack Irwin and to provide much needed assistance in helping the families of children with neurological difficulties. Sponsored by William Fry Solicitors, this is the third year incognito has run at the glorious Solomon Gallery , the sale in Dublin is now over however it is due to run in Cork shortly.
The irony for me is, as somebody who worked in William Frys on a six-month contract as a law Clerk with the fabulous Debbie, in the very early days of my administration career, this is a full circle acknowledgement of my career change & life cycle. Good huh! Now if you are familiar with my work, especially my print series #shapeoflife you may well easily spot my contributions...if you get to t.ake home one of mine DO let me know, its always fun to find where the work ends up and .. enjoy!
All funds from the sales of these artworks go directly to the Jack and Jill foundation so I would encourage you to watch out for the sale due to start shortly in the Lavit Gallery Cork....follow the link x N.
Exhibition VenuesLAVIT GALLERY, CORK – 17-18 May
Sale starts on 17 May, 10am – 7pm | 18 May, 10am – 4pm
(Preview – 16th of May, 10am – 5pm)
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the drumlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.