Meet The Artists
Bríd is a graduate of the Crawford college of Art and is living in Newmarket, North Cork. She is currently a member of Cork Printmakers where she specializes in etching.
Her work is semi-autobiographical. She is interested in the slightly surreal exploration of narratives derived from personal life, fairy tales and conversations. She likes to experiment with scale to help create a playful approach to serious themes. Her themes often include childhood innocence and a coming of age.
I like to draw but I love the richness achieved by the process of printing. I like to create narratives in each piece. While studying at the Crawford I was a young single mother, I read a lot of fairy tales at that time which influenced my practice; I repurposed these characters for my art and I have continued to do this with real-life events, places, people and animals. My key themes are childhood, coming of age, relationships and loss.
Ciara O Connor
Ciara O’Connor is a visual artist who works in a combination of free motion embroidery, hand stitching and raw-edged appliqué.
Born in Glasgow to parents from Co. Kerry, O’Connor spent her formative years in Dublin. She studied Fine Art in Galway before traveling and settling in New York City in 2009. She is currently based in Dublin.
This nomadic life contributed to her fascination with the themes of identity and belonging, and through her work she seeks to investigate, celebrate, and strengthen these connections.
Since returning to her practice in 2019 she has taken part in Pluid - The National Comfort Blanket, has been selected for a group show and has had her work purchased by private collections nationally and internationally.
She is currently preparing for her first solo show which opens in Garter Lane Gallery, Waterford, in August 2022.
I am a Dublin based visual artist who works with textiles and embroidery.
My work is figurative and deals with themes of identity, nostalgia, relationships and feminism.
I use a combination of hand stitching, free motion embroidery and raw-edged appliqué to create my thread drawings. The slow, meditative nature of hand stitching allows time to become intimately connected with what I am making. The speed and fluidity of machine stitching allows for a more intuitive, expressive outcome and instant gratification. They are equally important to me.
I often use vintage fabrics or material that I have a personal connection to. I work from both sides of the fabric. This enables me to manipulate the thread so as to control mark making.
When I stitch I am aware of how my actions mirror those of my mother, my grandmother and others that have gone before me. I relish that connection. I am also aware that my chosen medium may evoke ideas of ‘women’s work’ and femininity in some, but to me it represents my desire to break free from those same preconceptions and constraints.
Emma's early career began in fashion design and illustration and the experiences working in these fields continue to inform her work. Part of NCAD alumni with a 1st class Honours she worked in London for many years and now focuses her creative time on her artistic practice.
Emma’s practice inquires the idea of the outside world being a reflection of our inner world through abstract painting. Through this medium she expresses the unplanned rhythms of it all. Each piece begins at source with documentation from a starting point she has reacted to in life, often times nature. These initial drawings then go through a process of distillation each step uncovering the ethereal sense of the object through pattern, shape and colour. These can then be interpreted by the viewer not by what they are but how they are imagined.
Katarzyna Gajewska was born in Warsaw Poland, but works and lives between Dublin and Warsaw. She studied at the Fine Art Academy in Warsaw, where she obtained her BA and Ma in Fine Arts.
Kat has exhibited nationally and internationally with selected solo exhibitions:
'The Battle over Madame X' , Origin Gallery, Dublin
Face'ography' , Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar Co.Mayo
'Paintolepsy' Droichead Arts Centre, Co.Dublin
'La Vie en Rose' , Origin Gallery, Dublin
'Angels with dirty Feet, Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin,
'Pleasures and Terrors, Sol Art Gallery, Dublin
'Cest La Vie' Origin Gallery, Dublin, Co.Dublin
'Figure Humaine, Sol Art Gallery, Dublin, Co.Dublin
Group shows include exhibitions in Ireland , UK, USA, Poland, Germany, France and Asia.
She has completed 10 residecies in Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Co.Kerry
''Katarzyna's paintings are haunting and emotional, all the more visceral due to her methods of painting. The fact that she uses her hands gives the paintings an amazingly powerful primitive feel. The figures feel as if they are emerging or disappearing. They occupy a peripheral world like ghosts and this gives them a stunning intensity and power''
Irvine Welsh, author of 'Trainspotting'
Molly Brown Dublin is an independent artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota living and working in Ireland since 1986.
2020,2018 The Library Project; Dublin, Ireland
2010 RHA, Dublin,Ireland
2017 Filmbase; Dublin,Ireland
2009 Urban Retreat Gallery; Hanover Quay, Dublin
2008 Mo Mong Gallery; Houston, Texas USA
2007 Private exhibition; Houston Texas,USA
2005 Distillery Building; Dublin, Ireland
Museum of Goa Goa, India
Office of Public Works Dublin, Ireland
Kenmare Resources Dublin and Mozambique
Abbot Ireland Co Cavan, Ireland
Hewlitt Packard Houston Texas USA
Marisol International. Inc Houston,Texas USA
Turpin Architects Dublin, Ireland
Law Library Dublin,Ireland
Stephanie Sloan is an Irish printmaker and illustrator, based in Co. Wicklow.
Sloan’s work combines both digital with hand drawn techniques, starting with a drawing, followed by an exercise in reducing elements to a carefully considered balance of form.
All works are screen printed by hand in her Wicklow studio.
Sloan’s recent exhibition highlights include two solo exhibitions in the Wilton Gallery in Dublin, 2020 and 2021. Inclusion in the Woolwich Contemporary Print fair, London in 2020, and a recent print commission for the National Library of Ireland.
Sloan was a recipient of a ‘2020 Future Makers ’ award by the Crafts Council of Ireland.
“My work is a personal form of navigation of the landscape around us, a visual processing of structure and space with blurred boundaries between the conscious and subconscious.
Central to my practice is the examination of recurring patterns in nature and landscape, balancing graphic shapes with texture and repeat mark making to focus on depth, light and repeated natural forms.
I aim to capture a sense of nature’s energy, shifting light on landscape, and fleeting moments of changing depths in our visual landscape. It is ultimately my emotional and physical responses to this which drives my practice.”
Liza is a contemporary visual artist and illustrator living and working in Martinstown, close to the famous Curragh Plains in Co. Kildare, Ireland. Liza began her studies at Grennan Mill Craft School before completing her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art in the Limerick School of Art and Design in 1994.
Working predominantly in acrylics and mixed media on wood panel, Liza produces works which are vibrant and contemporary.
‘The current body of illustrative floral still life paintings are inspired by the works of 17th Century artists Jean Baptiste Monnoyer and Irish botanical artist Wendy Walsh, the surface patterns of the decorative arts of the Arts and Craft movement and the vintage naturalist, botanical and ornithological studies of James Audubon and Gerard van Spaendonck. In these paintings, elements of the symbolic lexicon of historical works marry with Liza’s use of contemporary colour and composition choices.’
Liza has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work is held in both public and private collections. In 2010 she was chosen as the artist to represent Ireland at ‘Horsemania’ a public art event held in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
Liza is a founding member of the SULT Artists Collective, a group of multidisciplinary Kildare based artists who come together to promote and exhibit their work.
Emma lives in Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic Way, close to open bogland with a magnificent view across to Croagh Patrick.
Some years ago, I discovered en caustic paint, pigment mixed with molten beeswax, and something deep inside me was fired up.
My inspiration comes from everywhere, however it is people that intrigue me, their faces, their expressions, the emotions. I like to just sit and watch people, to just celebrate the human. I endeavor to create art that is alive, fun, expressive and tells story.
Jessica Callan is an Irish contemporary visual artist, originally born in Belfast, Co. Antrim. Dublin based until the late nineties, later on Wales based, and lived there for just under twenty five years. Jessica graduated from NCAD in 1994, and works with installation, sculptural objects, digital technologies, and painting.
2003 Jessica Callan Exhibition, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival, Centre , Edinburgh, Scotland
2002 Works, The Gallery at Gregynog, University of Wales, Newtown, Powys, Wales
1997 Site Specific Installation, Ile de Vassiviere , France
1996 Site Specific Installation, Ille de Vassiviere, France
1995 Truth & Method: Documentation, Dublin Writers Museum, Dublin, Ireland
1994 Coping, site specific installation, Salt Hill, Dublin, Ireland
Programmed Solo Exhibitions
2022 Pontio, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales
Group shows include shows exhibitions in Ireland, France, England, Poland and Wales