Ciara Chapman is an artist and illustrator living in Cork city, Ireland. She is a member of Cork Printmakers Workshop, Visual Artists Ireland and the Association of Illustrators. Her past illustration clients include Pfizer, Eli Lilly and The Toyota Mobility Foundation.
She exhibits online and throughout Ireland regularly as well as doing freelance work and working on exciting projects like DIVA at Electric Picnic in 2018, a Pfizer and Eli Lilly collaboration for the EFIC European Pain Federation in Valencia in 2019 and the Mobility unlimited challenge commissioned by The Toyota Mobility Foundation in 2020.
In 2009, Belinda graduated with a B.A. in Art and Design from GMIT, Galway.
She has a certificate in Visual Education from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin.
What inspires her? Mood, a memory, a feeling, and certain depth in a painting. She is interested in all art forms; good drawing skills and confident use of colour. She loves seeing texture and a certain amount of boldness in a painting. Story telling is important, with room for imagination and interpretation.
Discover inner peace and connect to your soul with the captivating meditative art of Patricia Fitzgerald, Healing Creations. Painted by Patricia in her beautiful old courtyard studio in Marlay Park, Dublin, she intuitively draws on the healing energies of her dreams to create unique mandalas and artwork. “Symbols emerge as if from nowhere, and when these symbols are courted as though they are wild animals in a forest, the symbols slowly begin to reveal their gold as wisdom. I have found the mandala process to heighten dream activity and for me both are somehow inextricably linked. I sometimes paint my dreams into mandalas or at other times the mandalas will initiate dreams.”
Andrea Calabro is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She is a visual artist and a print maker. She uses her practice as a lens to challenge and present a narrative that is common to all. The function of an artist is that of a storyteller. It’s a universal story, and in that, she uses nostalgia as a tool to trigger the past of the viewer, and the past of society. Enhancing little things from the every day life, making them more interesting is something Andrea is passionate about.
Sean Fitzgerald lives in a remote area of the North West of Ireland. His art investigates the darker elements from Irish mythology, folk magic, Gnostic concepts, and sacred sites. The resulting drawings are dark motifs which are intricately layered with traditional knotwork and full of powerful symbolism.
He has a book out this year on Hill of Tara Press called, ‘The Last Battle of Moytura’.
Chloë Feldman Emison has shown her drawings and animations widely in the United States and Europe, while working also as an illustrator. She studied fine art at Williams College and at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, and animation at Forkbeard Fantasy in Devon. She was a visiting artist at Wasps Studios in Glasgow, and completed residencies at the Contemporary Artists Center in Woodside, N.Y., at The Old School Art House in Iceland, at the Vermont Studio Center, and at Can Serrat, near Barcelona. In 2013 she taught animation at the Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Massachusetts. She was named an IEAA laureate in the 4th International Emerging Artist Award, the exhibition for which was held in Brussels (May-July, 2016). She has collaborated with the Elements Contemporary Ballet company in Chicago on visualizing a new ballet about Atlantis and has designed numerous can labels for Lamplighter Brewing Company in Cambridge, as well as murals and merchandise items. Her illustrations have appeared in various literary magazines and she has been featured in the 10th International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati. The artist grew up in Lee, New Hampshire and currently is staying in Dublin.
Kieran Gallagher is an artist who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
He works predominantly in printmaking and drawing but also include photography, paper and sculpture. His work focuses on themes such as childhood nostalgia, memory and travel.
His recent work explores the connections and contrasts between the built and natural environments. An Image, scent or sound can remind us of a place, or a moment in time. His work layers these environments and senses. His drawings begin with reality; photographs and through process are remade;weaving between, dreams and memory.
‘Shinrin Yuko: Youth’ is part of a new series of drawings which explore the phenomenon of forest bathing or Shinrin-Yoku.
The term ‘Shinrin-yoku’ was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982, and can be defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest (Park B.J, 2010). Several scientific studies have been carried out to determine the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
A recent article in the Environ Health Prev Med Journal looked at both the psychological and physiological effects of forest bathing; in a forest and synthetically in laboratories. This series of drawings explore the idea of natural and synthetic forests invading city living.
Claire O Keeffe is an artist based in Co. Cork, who graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in 2015. Claire works predominately in the medium of collage. Since childhood she has collected imagery, old biscuit tins full of images cut from old catalogues and magazines. Hours spent cutting and pasting, arranging imagery in unexpected juxtapositions, creating a different narrative each time. Today, O’Keeffe is still employing collage as a means to escape into a world she cannot plan. The imagery she appropriates pre-dates the digital age, culled from discarded encyclopedias and reference books, medical texts and popular science books. Collage is her way of disengaging from the increasingly digital world that surrounds her. The exercise of cutting requires time-intensive hand movements that reminds her that not everything is instantaneous as a click of a mouse.
Bradley’s works range from small, atmospheric oils to large, more complex compositions. The smaller pieces focus primarily on texture, creating mood and movement through the use of strong tonal ranges and loose brushstrokes. The larger works are often theatrical in nature depicting an array of peculiar characters thrown together in a world not entirely of our own. Influences of Bosch, Bruegal and Neo Rauch are evident in their compositional arrangements. He employs fantasy and satire to unravel the complexities of the human story. The works are rich in symbolism, reflecting life experience and issues of a wider nature. The paintings are often deeply personal that mirror contradictions within all of us-light and dark, peace and violence, life and death. Such dualities fill our lives. Despite having a conflicted outlook, Bradley weaves humour through the narratives of my work, conveying the absurdity and pathos of a situation.