Rosie McClelland Art

Posts Tagged ‘still life’

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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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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Mixed Media Workshop

In Workshops on December 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

The regular classes finished today but before I get carried away by the Christmas spirit I wanted to post some images from last Saturday’s mixed media workshop.  Sometimes I like to link themes to current exhibitions in the knowledge that some people will either have already visited them or intend to do so.

In light of the present “Analysing Cubism” exhibition at the F.E. McWilliam gallery, Banbridge, Co Down, the Paul Klee exhibition “Making Visible” at Tate Modern London, Gustav Klimt at the Portrait in Vienna exhibition, National Gallery London, I decided to (loosely) base the workshop around the theme of cubism and geometricizing images.

Nine people took part. Below are the results – please bear in mind that some are works in progress.

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Shirley Barlow collaged digital prints, acrylic, monoprinting

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Oonagh Catchpole collaged painted  japan paper, acrylic,pastel 

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 Roberta Lindsay acrylic inks gold leaf

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Pat Burgess inks collaged paper cellophane (unfinished)

20131130_162109_resizedChristine Henderson watercolour collage gold leaf, pencil (unfinished)

20131130_162408_resizedJanet Clarke acrylic, collage (unfinished)

20131130_162808_resizedPamela Greene watercolour pencil collaged photos

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Caroline Twemlow  painted paper collage oils

20131206_124530_resizedKaren Hamilton watercolour, pencil, collage,gold leaf

Beetroot

In Paintings on October 4, 2013 at 8:03 am

Beetroot oil on canvas 70x60cm

Still Life with Beetroot      Oil on Canvas    70cm x 60cm

Food for Art

In drawing, Uncategorized on April 12, 2013 at 8:18 am

Ooh look what Skye, my portrait model for last night’s portrait class, brought! I feel a portrait AND a still life coming on!

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10 min charcoal sketch on cartridge paper

Oranges on a Silver Platter

In Paintings on March 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm
A couple of images showing the beginning and end result 
of my latest still life which was finished 
this week.
The idea started with a little brown Spanish jug and, 
as can be seen, there are several objects lurking around 
which could have made their way into 
the painting but I decided the oranges/clementines/mandarins/ 
(they seem to have a different name each time 
I visit the supermarket!)
 were just too impressive on their own.
IMG_6306 (1024x683) The photo was taken on one of those rare occasions 
when the sun shone!Oranges on a silver platter
Oranges on a Silver Platter 
Oil on canvas 30cm x 40cm

Still Waters Exhibition

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

A little slideshow of paintings from the “Still Waters” Exhibition

a combination of seascapes in soft pastels and still lifes and portraits in oil

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Castle Espie Gallery

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Last Saturday saw the launch of my exhibition “Still Waters” at the Gallery in WWT Castle Espie, Comber, Co Down. Castle Espie itself is beautifully  situated in the rolling hills of Co Down beside Strangford Lough.

The Gallery is in the original house and is a wonderful space for an exhibition.