A GROUP of North Cork artists have come together to mount a joint exhibition of their work in Cork City gallery, St. Peter’s on North Main Street.
Entitled ‘Curved Horizons’, the exhibition was opened last week by Cllr. Pat Hayes and runs until early October at the popular city centre venue.
The diverse collection showcases emerging and established artists who invite you to step into their private worlds, each uniquely rich and compelling.
This exhibition features various works by Tony O’Connor, Caleb Butterly, Jessica Baron, Julianne Guinee, Brid Moynahan, Mary St. Leger, Orla Hickey and Claire O’Keeffe.
Born in Kerry, Tony O’Connor studied Fine Art at Crawford College of Art & Design and is an established artist in Cork and nationally.
Tony works in his White Tree Studio in Cork and with a disciplined approach in his study of horse anatomy, he puts a great emphasis on technical execution.
Caleb Butterly is from Louth and lives in Newmarket. With his drawings and paintings of the human figure, Caleb explores and celebrates the complex and diverse range of human experiences which he sees expressed in the bodies people live their lives through.
Jessica Baron is originally from Canada and lives in Ballydesmond. Jessica’s work is inspired by some fundamentals of impressionism, her open compositions attempt an accurate depiction of the landscape, the light in its changing qualities. The passage of time and weather changes influence the tone in her colourful oil paintings.
Julianne Guinee’s artwork engages with themes of transformation, motherhood, loss and isolation.
She is naturally drawn to the imagery and complexities of the human form, particularly the female figure. Paintings show romantic figures draped in silks, reflecting a multiplicity of attitudes in each canvas.
Bríd Moynahan, a graduate of the Crawford college of Art, lives in Newmarket. She is currently a member of Cork Printmakers where she specialises 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.
Claire O’Keeffe is based in Newmarket and predominantly works with collage. Claire began to explore embroidery at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown. She began to take refuge in a medium that offered her complete freedom of expression and opened up a vast potential for exploration. Themes such as identity and vulnerability echo throughout the work.
Mary St Leger’s work is often referred to as quirky, unsettling, religious. She puts this down to her eccentric childhood.
Living in a house at the end of a boreen far from civilisation, Protestant deep roots of the Anglo Irish and white African heritage made a heady atmosphere of mystery, fear and curiosity. It is this peculiar childhood and the strength and determination of the women in her family that continually influences her work.
Orla Hickey, takes inspiration from her surroundings, creating vibrant abstract paintings as well as taking a contemporary view on sketching Irish streetscapes & iconic buildings throughout Ireland.
She celebrates in the little details of streets, adding layers of colour to draw the eye to the beauty in the everyday.