Fusion of art and interiors at House 2016 proves a hit with Irish and international artists
Fusing art and interiors has been a welcome feature for Irish and international artists featuring at house 2016.
Adrienne M Finnerty, a professional artist of 12 years who features frog paintings among her work, was very impressed with Ireland's new fair.
"It's really exciting, there's a lot of nice things here and the Art Loft is full," she said.
"Two of my frogs have leaped off the walls and gone to Dalkey and Limerick, which was really nice. Hopefully a lot more will go by the end of the weekend.
"My style is very abstract but sometimes I go back and do landscape and the frogs are very new. They're a new departure.
"I've been to the Brazilian rainforest so some of these are from Costa Rica and Brazil. They're all oils on canvas."
She commutes between her home in Barna, Galway and the studio in Blackrock, Louth, a transition which is reflected in many of her works.
"I went to art college originally but left and did a lot of things, including being a dental hygienist. I did lots of hypnotherapy and then dancing the rainbow, which is all about healing through art and colour, so then I started painting again."
Wicklow artist Eoin O'Connor is showcasing his depictions of rural Ireland across the weekend.
"I think it is very nice and the standard of stands is great. It's a very professional, lovely exhibition," he told independent.ie.
"Today has been very encouraging and I'm looking forward to the weekend."
He described Irish people's taste as "varied" and is optimistic for interest in his works tomorrow and Sunday.
French artist Stephanie Malossane travelled over especially for the festival.
"I think it's interesting, I'm used to exhibiting at art fairs so it's quite nice to be in a show which has design and sews it together," she said.
"It's good to mix both of them and it opens to new opportunities.
"I'm based in Paris so I come over for shows.
"I always like to come back to Ireland because I think people appreciate art and buy with their heart rather than trends or something, they are very sincere and honest.
"It's been really good to come back."
Other artists at the Art Loft include Orla Walsh, Jane Ryan and Gill Hennessy.