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Carole Shubotham – Artist and United Arts Club Member – Painter and Sculptor

Carole Shubotham

Colour and texture define Carole’s work. Her pictures tell a multitude of tales, each one a result of the artist’s own free spirited style and the viewer’s idiosyncratic response to her work.

There’s a deep sensuality at play in Carole’s work. It’s there in the fluid lines of her life drawings, in her love of primal colours and in her unforced relationship with the rural landscapes that increasingly feature in her canvasses. If the mark of an artist is the extent to which his or her  work evokes a response from the viewer, then Carole Shubotham’s journey from painstaking draftswoman to provocative expressionist is one that’s been well worthwhile.

Look at her Burren landscapes and see the heathery grape, the autumnal gold and the peat brown hues spring to life; glance at her life drawings, particularly of the female form and relish her celebration of an essential, life-giving force. Carole’s work glories in the journey, not the destination: in that step into the unknown, where bold imagination holds sway and where, as Paddy Kavanaghreminded us, ‘life pours ordinary plenty’.

 

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Artist Brian Gallagher – The Scraperboard Process

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Scraperboard is a Sgraffito medium.  The process I practice is the reverse from usual mark making.  Each work is a unique one off piece of art not a print.

I begin with a black board and gradually remove parts of it’s thin dark surface to reveal the white china clay beneath.  Each stroke you scratch with the Scraperboard  will uncover the white layer beneath the dry black ink.  Slowly the elements in the artwork start to pull together.

I use craft scalpels, modelling tools also work well.  It is vital for a crisp line that your blades and knives are razor sharp at all times.  While working I keep an small oiled carborundom stone beside me and  re-sharpen the tools as I go along.

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Sgraffito

A form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting colour, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing.

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Brian Gallagher – Award winning artist and United Arts Club Member

Brian Gallagher

World Illustration Awards 2016- Winner

Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1967. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration from the Bristol Polytechnic, Brian has enjoyed a successful career as a professional illustrator and fine artist. His work has appeared in all areas of design including magazines, newspapers, book publishing and advertising.

His many clients include Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Walker Books, Oxford University Press, Random House, Longmans, Orion Publishing, Evening Standard, The National Trust.

He shows his work regularly with the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy in their annual exhibitions.

Brian is a member and past committee member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and has lived and worked in Dublin for the past 18 years.

Artist Statement

I am especially drawn to using linocut and then scraperboard , a skill I developed through the tutoring of wood engraver Peter Reddick at Art College in Bristol.

My work is figurative, graphic and based on drawing.  Painting and drawing from life and the model is a core activity.

Scraperboard is a Sgraffito medium – the process I practice is the reverse from usual mark making.  I begin with a black board and gradually remove parts of it’s thin dark surface to reveal the white china clay beneath.  The result is a unique original piece, not a print.

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Selma McCormack Artist and United Arts Club member

Selma McCormack lives and works between Spiddal and Dublin. Selma studied painting and sculpture part time for many years before starting to exhibit her work in the late 1980’s.

Originally her sculpture consisted of clay and wax modelling and she later exhibited bronze casts of her work. Generally figurative in subject matter, she continues to produce works in bronze, and occasionally in ceramics – especially of the figure in motion and of animal studies.

Selma followed her early success in sculpture by developing her own distinctive painting style from the early 1990’s. Her influences include Robert Motherwell, Patrick Heron and Nicholas de Staël among others.

Her time is divided between the two disciplines of painting and sculpture. She approaches each with equal enthusiasm.

 

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United Arts Club Member – Artist – Tom Haran

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Tom Haran divides his time between Dublin and London and travels widely to work on portrait commissions.

Education:

Trinity College Dublin (BA 1974. History of Art and Mediaeval History)

The Heatherly School Chelsea (Foundation)

Central-St Martin’s (BA Hons)

Cyprus College of Art (Post-grad diploma)

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Carmel Mooney – Artist – United Arts Club Arts Committee Member

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Carmel Mooney – Artist – United Arts Club Arts Committee Member

Born in Kilkenny, Carmel Mooney lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. She studied at the National College of Art & Design and later University College Dublin where she holds a Diploma in the History of European Painting.

Carmel Mooney began to emerge as a serious painter within the Irish art world with her first solo exhibition at the Lincoln Gallery, Dublin, in 1983. Her early work reflected a childhood affinity with the countryside, expressed in landscape paintings of bogs, fields and cattle, and still life paintings including a recurring subject, birds. A lecturer in the History of Painting, she was also Artistic Director at Daon Scoil, An Daingean, from 1981 to 1991.

A fascination with volcanoes has also taken her regularly to the still active Mount Etna in Sicily. She is a member of l’Association Volcanologique Européenne.

A book entitled ‘That Space Between’ was published in 2001, covering work from over 20 years. Landscape painting remains a continuing theme.

 

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Helena Brennan – Ceramic Artist

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Helena Brennan – Artist’s Statement

The ceramic legacy of Bernard Leach has been my pottery guide,  I was tutored  by his son, David Leach.   I am an inheritor of the Irish tradition of high fired functionahandthrown pottery.

Blending ash glazes of peat and sycamore with oxides including copper and cobalt,  I fire in a reducing atmosphere to 1265C in my gas fired catanery arch kiln of brick and ceramic fibre, which I built in my  woodland paradise near Avoca in Co. Wicklow in 2009.

Life drawing, occasional teaching and woodwork, with master craftsman Chaim Factor, enrich  and inform the parameters of my ceramic life.  Allowing a beautiful blending of the materials of wood and clay.

Handthrowing beautiful, useful and ergonomic stoneware and porcelain is my aim and joy!
Helena Brennan
http://www.helenabrennan.com
studioporcelain@gmail.com

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