Conor Walton, a leading Irish artist, graduate of NCAD and University of Essex, was shortlisted for the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery (2005) and for the Golden Fleece Award (2011). Winner of numerous awards including the Ismail Lulani International Award (2019), ModPortrait (2017), and Portrait Ireland (2005), he also works as a lecturer. His Summer School’s scholarship programme draws many students and his own works appear on postage stamps and book covers in Ireland and abroad.
All my paintings are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting: ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ Conor Walton
Joan Finnegan is an artist with a reputation that extends beyond Ireland to the UK, continental Europe and the USA. She has taken part in many group exhibitions: Sowing a Seed: Archives to Art in Tuam, and Canvass to Canvas; Women of the West Ballinasloe, both in Co Galway, which she calls home. Liberté, Éqalité, Sororité, and Eclectic XXV, Winter Exhibition, both exhibitions in Enniskillen. In 2019 she was chosen as one of 9 artists for the 9 Walls Exhibition, Sligo, took part in the Brittle/Fragile,group exhibition as part of
‘Westival’, Westport, and was part of the Summer Exhibition, Ennistymon.
In 2020, she was admitted to the Royal Ulster Academy Annual 139th exhibition in Belfast,
and showed at the Winter Exhibition, Ennistymon as well as online at the Space
Gallery, Corrandulla. In 2021, her work featured in Imagine, Enniskillen,
another online exhibition, and in the Winter Open Exhibition, Ennistymon. This year,
Joan’s work is featured in both the Galway Arts Festival Group Exhibition in Kennys’
Gallery, and the Summer Open Exhibition, Ennistymon.
In 2019, she had a successful solo exhibition, Connemara Chroma, as part of the Galway Showcase in Milwaukee, USA and is currently preparing new work for a second solo exhibition in Wisconsin, USA.
Joan Finnegan was awarded a BA degree in Fine Art, CCAM, Galway and has won numerous awards, including the GMIT Academic Achievement Award and the Culture Ireland Grant 2019 In addition, she was commissioned by Galway 2020 to create a painting, to be used on their corporate branding, and she is involved in an ongoing collaboration with Connemara Carpets, Connemara, creating new series of wool and silk wall hangings.
Her work features in numerous collections, including those of the Irish Consulate General, Chicago, USA, Galway City Council, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology Art Collection, Irish Water Safety’s National Collection, the Corporate Concierge Ltd., Bermuda and the Dean Hotel, Galway
“I am inspired by the world around me. I take many photographs and use the visual elements to influence but not dictate my paintings, using them as points of departure to create my art.
My work simplifies the shapes and elements of the landscape. I push the boundaries of space, colour and form in my work to tell my own visual story. I love colour and there is a sense of mystery and ambiguity to my work; often the images take their being from the viewer’s state of mind.
I start by making sketches which are continuously manipulated and I keep working on them until I see something I can work with on canvas. The painting always takes on a life of its own as I work on it, and it directs the changes. I just have to go with the flow! The starting point and the finished painting are usually completely different, and serendipity often has its part to play, too!”
Merrily Harpur is a painter, printmaker and illustrator. The landscapes of Ireland and England are very important to her, and in her paintings she tries to show why. Her work has appeared at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, and is widely collected in Ireland and the UK.
Eibhilín Crossan is an artist based in Longford whose paintings on canvas are inspired by nature, alternating between soft impressionistic botanical landscapes and large colourful florals.
Lisa Griffin is an Irish photographer who focuses not only on fashion and portraiture but the exploration of self-value, feminine beauty and isolation in todays culture. The imagery falls somewhere between beauty and dream, and through her eyes the viewer is instantly transported to a storybook never been written before. Through out her time at university she learned how to tell stories through images and loves the viewer to take pieces from their childhood bedtime stories as they enjoy her work.
Debbie Chapman is an artist with a growing reputation whose works are found in permanent collections all over the world. While the paintings are an aesthetic study in design and composition, they are also the result of an exploration into ‘pop culture’ and commercialism.
Siobhan Bulfin is an internationally acclaimed artist, mainly working in bronze. Many of her sculptures focus on horses and she is responsible for the trophies for the 2019 Irish Derby.
Janice graduated from the College of Art in Belfast in 1989. With an emphasis on colour, her passion for embroidery and love of embellishment is employed to create a vibrant range of jewellery combining machine stitching and hand beading.
In 1994 Jane moved to Co. Clare, Ireland, to build a house and studio, amidst the rugged landscapes in the west of Ireland, where she makes coil-built vessels which she burnishes with pebbles, and smoke-fired in sawdust. The resulting smoke effects are reminiscent of cloudscapes, shorelines and landscapes.
Local and visiting amateur artists will also exhibit work at the Gallery.
Jimmy McClearn, Cathaoirleach, Galway Co. Council
Jimmy McClearn, Cathaoirleach, Galway Co. Council