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Faultlines and Fractures

In Artist Bio, Exhibitions, Uncategorized on October 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm

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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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Opening Night

In Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions on June 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

Finally everything was framed and hung, flowers were arranged, the glasses were laid out, the wine was cooling and the artists were waiting for viewers (and hopefully buyers) to arrive – and arrive they did!

The opening night was a great success with fun, chat, raffle and….. sales!

There are lots of people to thank – the library staff for being so helpful, Art and Home for their raffle gift and last minute framing,the Tom Kerr group for lending us their boards, Patrick McDonald from NIAMH and of course all the artists who exhibited and helped with the organisation.

Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Patricia Burgess

In Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions on June 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

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

In Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions on June 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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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.

Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Lyn Majury

In Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions on May 30, 2015 at 7:25 pm

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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

In Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions on May 29, 2015 at 2:39 pm

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

Charity Exhibition – Artists Bios – Oonagh Catchpole – Rosalind McConaghy

In Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions on May 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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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Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Pamela Greene; Edward Cartin

In Exhibitions on May 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Pamela Greene

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I’ve always loved art but didn’t practice until late in life (better late than never) and really took the plunge when I signed up for a part-time HND in Fine Arts which I passed with distinctions in 2012.   Doing the HND encouraged me to be experimental and to explore a range of different techniques and media including print-making, photography, film, and sculpture.  Complementary to the course I did a master class with international glass artist, Karl Harron, and since then he has guided me through a range of different projects which have enabled me to explore my interest in the identity of landscape.  A glass bowl, Ice, was exhibited at the 2013 exhibition of the RUA and in 2014, another bowl, Lava, was shortlisted.  Since completing the HND I’ve been going to classes with Rosie McClelland to improve my drawing and painting skills.  Thanks to Rosie’s infinite patience and teaching skills, there’s a definite improvement but I’ve still a long way to go!

 

Edward Cartin

Edward Cartin

Edward has been a regular member of the classes for some years. He has a strong interest in portraiture which he uses as resource material for his paintings.

His love for Seamus Heaney’s poems has led him to visualise these in his most recent series of paintings which he exhibited in December 2014 in a very successful one-man exhibition in the  Arts Care Gallery, Crescent Gardens, Belfast. These paintings are also due to be shown in the Linenhall Library in August 2015.

Photo: Edward working on “Away at Mass”

 

Charity Exhibition June 4th – 6th 2015

In Drawings, Exhibitions, Paintings on May 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

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Every 2 – 3 years I (with a lot of help) organise an exhibition for my art classes. This is not only an opportunity for members of the classes to showcase their work it’s also an evening where we can get together, meet members of other classes, invite our friends and family to see what we’ve been up to and enjoy a glass of wine (or two!)

It’s also an opportunity to support a charity with 25% of all art sales plus all of the raffle and catalogue intake going to a charity of our choice.

This year we elected to support NIAMH or Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health.

http://www.niamhwellbeing.org/

Some of the exhibitors have not been in the groups long and are nervously showing their work for the first time, others are much more experienced and are members of established societies such as the Ulster Watercolour Society, Arts Society of Ulster, Pastel Society of Ireland, Ulster Women Artists. You may even have seen their work in local galleries.

If you’re in the area between Thursday June 4th from 5pm and Saturday June 6th, 3pm, please drop in and have a look We’ll be exhibiting in

Holywood Library, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

This is a wonderful opportunity to buy a piece of original art with prices of displayed work starting from £100 and unframed work which you will find in our browser-rack below £100.

The raffle will be drawn on Thursday evening at 7pm and prizes will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, silk scarves, art materials and much more…….

In the next week or two I shall be posting mini bios on some of the artists taking part.

Pastel Society of Ireland Exhibition

In Exhibitions, Paintings on August 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

An Exhibition of full members of the Pastel Society of Ireland 

Venue: Georgian Gallery

Ards Arts Centre

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Conway Square

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Co Down

Opening: Thursday 28 August 2014 7 pm

Continuing until September 26 2014

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Deserted Port  Soft Pastels 80cm x 58cm

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Bleak Coast Soft Pastels 76cm x 92cm

Still Waters

In Exhibitions on September 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

This blog has been sadly neglected recently.

The cause? –  procrastination mainly but also because I’ve been working very hard all summer (honest) on new work for my upcoming solo exhibition at The Graffan Gallery, Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Co Down. It doesn’t start until November 10th but here’s an image for starters.

Still Waters   Soft Pastel on Board 

http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/castle-espie/whats-on/2012/11/10/still-waters-by-rosie-mcclelland/

Hockney and Freud

In Exhibitions on March 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

Last week I treated myself  to a day in London. Two of my favourite artists, David Hockney and Lucien Freud, were showing in The Royal Academy and the NationalPortrait Gallery respectively. Unlike my usual procrastinating self, I managed to plan ahead and get tickets for both. Now the plan was to meet Janet who had been visiting her son and daughter in London, view the exhibitions  and fly back to Belfast together but when word got out in the classes the snowball effect began. When the time came there were 15 of us wandering around the Royal Academy completely seduced by the colour, genius, scale and  boldness of David Hockney’s landscapes. Canvases which, up close, appeared as a mass of  marks, colour and pattern, when glimpsed from across the hall or through a doorway suddenly lit up and made perfect spatial sense. Yorkshire as it’s never been seen before.The grand canyon – so hot you virtually needed sun cream to stop you burning! There have been many programmes recently  reviewing this exhibition and interviewing Hockney and I love his positivity, curiosity and enthusiasm for life. He has brought colour into a very grey Belfast winter. With a second exhibition to view we were restricted by time and my only regret is that I didn’t leave more time to look more closely at the sketch books located in a room almost at the end. Looking at sketch books is how you really get into the mind of an artist.

A short tube ride, lunch  and a glass of wine later 10 of us embarked on the Freud show at the National Portrait Gallery. I had viewed an  exhibition of his work at IMMA in Dublin a few years ago  so I thought I was being a bit indulgent and that the highlight of my day had been the morning’s events. How wrong I was! In contrast to twinkly-eyed Hockney, the reviews on Lucien Freud  have painted a rather negative and complex image of the man himself – isolated and obsessive to the point of what could be perceived as emotional cruelty in his personal relationships. How true that is or was I will never know. What I do know is that his paintings are sublime. His portrayal not just of likenesses but of details and idiosyncracies that others would overlook. The finely tuned palette and the voluptuous consistency of the paint. The thoughtful brushmarks. Foreheads. Hands. Dogs. Sad gazes. There are no tricks, no clever techniques just the honesty and integrity of one of life’s observers possibly one of life’s outsiders. Despite being considered unfashionable  for many years he stayed true to his own vision. I was enthralled and immensely inspired.

Although entirely different, for me the message from both of these  artists is – just look, it’s all there.

“A Bigger Picture” David Hockney RA can be seen at the Royal Academy until 9 April 2012

Lucien Freud Portraits can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery until 27 May 2012

One of the big highlights of the day was meeting up with my big sis, Gerry http://pottershousepenketh.blogspot.com and my niece, Natasha of Nevie-pie Cakes http://amelieshouse.blogspot.com Do have a look at their blogs!