Artist Bio, Exhibitions, Uncategorized

Faultlines and Fractures

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Through the media of paint, glass and photography Rosie McClelland and Pamela Greene each explore the complex issue of identity. Recognising that identity has may facets and is subject to reinvention, their work explores the relationships we form with certain people, landscapes or objects and why these draw us close on emotional, spiritual or physical levels that we do not always understand. Drawn to the imperfections in the human condition and in nature, McClelland’s and Greene’s work recognises that it is in connecting with these fault lines that we find our DNA

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‘Little Blue’ oil on linen 50 x 40cm Rosie McClelland

The condition of self is transitory, never fixed. Our position within society, family and workplace can change radically throughout our lives. It is with this in mind that I approach my work which is first and foremost intimate and reflective, a personal response to my subject matter.

My chosen method of working is figurative, weaving underlying abstract forms into reality and, in the process, hopefully creating a sense of presence – a vibration. The study of the human body, an ongoing fascination throughout my life, returns time and again as does the art of still life which is about much more than the objects it portrays and more often than not represents human relationships. Another repeating motif is the tethered boat, so long a symbol of the spiritual, at times swaying on choppy seas, times on still waters portraying a reflection of the self.

Woven into this process is the acceptance of faults, fractures and imperfections as it is only through a holistic view of reality that the truth and the real self are revealed.                   Rosie McClelland

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Iceland Series ‘Frozen Sea’ dia 30cm depth 18cm Pamela Greene

Through the media of kiln-formed glass, photography and poetry I explore my primary interest, identity.   I am particularly drawn to the identity of landscape and why many of us make emotional or spiritual or physical connection with wild and inhospitable places whose beauty is often savage and transient.

My current work focuses on the landscapes of Iceland and Ireland, sustained sources of inspiration.   For my ‘Iceland’ series I chose to work with glass for its versatility: its ability – like ice – to transmit and reflect light, its reaction to fire, and, like the landscape of Iceland, its strength and vulnerability.  These properties make it the perfect medium to try to reflect the spirit of a landscape whose identity is shaped by ice and fire.

My glasswork is supported by photographs of Donegal, a landscape similar to that of Iceland.  In these I have sought to capture the essence of a fractured and fragmented landscape where it sometimes seems that the identity and history of our ancestors can be read in the faces and fault lines of the rock formations.

Working with glass and photography has enabled me to explore how landscape, actual and remembered, shapes our sense of who we are and where we come from.                            Pamela Greene

 

 

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Charcoal on watercolour paper Rosie McClelland

 On Saturday 12 Nov 2016 10am – 4pm, I shall be tutoring a life drawing workshop in the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn. Please contact the Island for details

 


 

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Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions

Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Patricia Burgess

Patricia Burgess.

Qualified as a lawyer but began painting seriously about 18 years ago.  I work in most media –sometimes all at once, which I love,  using whatever processes or methods seem to suit the image in my mind’s eye, be it  free and full of colour like Barbara Rae, or quiet and cool like Morandi. The effect of light on colour plus a strong form are always important to me whatever the catalyst, and I love to experiment with new methods and subject matter. Fascinated by Picasso’s cubism in my teens, his earlier works came as a revelation when I discovered them. I continue to discover artists who excite me –  Cezanne, the Pointillistes, Uglow, Hockney, Freud, Diebenkorn and many, many  others..

Full Member of Ulster Watercolour Society, Art Society of Ulster, Ulster Women Artists, Pastel Society of Ireland, received awards from all , and  selected to exhibit at RHA, RUA, and  final of the Laing Exhibition in the,Mall Gallery London.

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Charity Exhibition – Artists Bio – Floresca Karanasou

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“Boat Reflection, Greece”

Floresca Karanàsou has been painting for almost four years and for most of that time she has been using soft pastels. She is Greek but has lived in the UK for the best part of the last 34 years, first as a student and then working for British charities managing their Middle East programmes. She is now a freelance consultant specialising on human rights and international development in the Middle East.

She regards painting as the one area in her life where she can let completely loose – the ultimate in freedom of self-expression and experimentation. Her natural instinct is always to pay attention to detail, so, in painting, she tries to do the opposite, to be reductive and abstract. There is another reason why she loves to paint: the companionship of other fellow travellers – students in art classes like Rosie McClelland’s.

Having moved from London to Glenarm, Co. Antrim in 2011 she has been painting since then the natural and lived-in environment around Glenarm. She likes to interpret what she sees in stark colours and simple shapes and has been inspired by British pastelist, Mark Leech.

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Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Lyn Majury

Where the water flows

Lyn Majury

Lyn’s paintings are influenced by the changing seasons and draw attention to quiet corners of the landscape that have been overlooked by those who speed  by. Some paintings reflect her passion for recycling so the mundane and discarded can end up as part of the fabric in a mixed media painting. Other paintings include ‘found quotes’  to engage with the viewer.

Lyn has had two solo exhibitions to date and  has recently exhibited with her two daughters Emma and Sarah. She also has exhibited with  clubs and societies over the past 30 + years. Societies include the Pastel Society of Ireland, the Ulster Society of Women Artists and the Art Society of Ulster.

If you happen to be heading down to Belfast’s famous St. George’s Market on a Sunday look out for The Blue Door Studio and say hello to Lyn or her daughters, Emma and Sarah! You’ll find original art work as well as prints, cards etc.

Well worth a visit!

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Charity Exhibition – artist bios – Jolita Jarutiene

Jolita Jarutiene

Jolita came to NI in 2005 from Lithuania to work as a clinical research scientist. Around the same time she started painting and took a National Diploma in Art and Design at the South Eastern Regional College. She has been painting and exhibiting ever since and in 2008 one of her paintings was chosen as a winning entry for the Lisburn Historic Quarter Arts Group Postcard competition.

In 2009 as Ambassador of Vilnius (2009 European Capital of Culture) in Northern Ireland and in conjunction with the millennium jubilee commemorating the naming of Lithuania, Jolita worked with the Artists Association of Lithuania to create an exhibition realising the historical and contemporary study of Baltic identity and creativity. The exhibition was held at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.

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Jolita has been liaising for us with Patrick McDonald from NIAMH, our chosen charity.

Here is some information……..

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Niamh is a leading mental health and wellbeing charity that delivers a range of services which focus on mental health recovery, health and social care policy, training and counselling for employees across the island of Ireland via its 3 areas of service activity, Beacon, Carecall and Inspire.

Beacon provides 24/7support services to people with experience of mental illness through supported housing, day support and advocacy services. This is the largest division in the Niamh family and it has grown substantially over the past few years.

Beacon’s 15 day support schemes located throughout Northern Ireland provided a range of recovery-focused programmes to over 1300 people every year and its 28 supported housing services provided accommodation for 430 people.  Its advocacy services dealt with almost 6,000 requests for advocacy support in the last year alone and floating support has recently provided services for a further 39 people.

Carecall provides therapeutic support through workplace-based wellbeing services such as employee assistance programmes (EAP) and counselling, and training and preventative services in a wide variety of contexts including schools, colleges and workplaces.

Last year alone, Carecall delivered just over 32,000 counselling sessions to nearly 6500 people and made their services available to 566,000 people, including 185,000 students. Over 2500 delegates attended Carecall training courses in 2013/14.

Inspire provides support for approximately 90 people with learning disabilities in various locations across Northern Ireland. It is the newest Niamh service, having commenced in October 2013, and extends the reach of Niamh beyond mental health in order to also support people with a learning disability.

www.niamhwellbeing.org

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Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios- Kay Cullen – Shirley Barlow

Kay Cullen

Kay has enjoyed painting for many years.

When she discovered pastel painting she found her forte and made many friends in the Pastel Society of Ireland of which she is an award-winning member.

Since retiring Kay has received lots of help and encouragement, through Rosie’s classes and summer painting holidays, to try many different approaches to drawing and painting.

She is currently working, in various media, on a series of paintings inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats for a solo exhibition in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast in September 2015.

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Shirley Barlow

Shirley has loved painting all her life but started painting seriously about twenty years ago. She loves to experiment in all media – acrylic, inks, oil, charcoal and collage in fact she likens herself to a butterfly flitting from one thing to another – well life’s too short to get bored or boring and the main thing is she enjoys what she does immensely!

She is a member of the Artists Society of Ulster, Ulster Watercolour Society and the Ulster Women Artists

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Charity Exhibition – Artists Bios – Oonagh Catchpole – Rosalind McConaghy

Two more mini bios of regular members of the art groups whose work will be exhibited in Holywood Library, Co Down   June 4th – 6th 2015

OONAGH CATCHPOLE.

Oonagh lives in Bangor, Co Down and has been painting for over 20 years.

She is a member of The Ulster Watercolour Society, The Arts Society of Ulster, and is a Diploma holder in the Ulster Society of Woman Artists.

Colour, pattern, texture and light are important qualities in her work. She has been greatly influenced by the artists Bonnard, Klimt, Kandinsky, Klee , and the modern artist Gillian Ayres.

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ROSALIND McCONAGHY

Rosalind is a member of the ASU (Arts Society of Ulster) and the UWS (Ulster Watercolour Society). She was awarded the prize for Still Life at the UWS 2014 Annual Exhibition and has exhibited with the Royal Ulster Academy in 2008 at the Titanic Drawing Offices Belfast.

She draws inspiration from the artists Neil Shawcross, Giorgio Morandi and Cezanne.

Rosalind paints in all media and loves the freedom of watercolour finding the merging of different colours a constant source of inspiration.

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