Irish Artist Gerry Glynn was born in Dublin and formed an early interest in drawing, painting and sculpture. Apart from a short period in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin he is self taught. He developed his own distinctive style in oil painting, but was first influenced by classical sculpture, the surrealists and eventually by the impressionists.
Kevin Sharkey has been a full-time artist since 1992 and has become one of Ireland’s most talked about artists. He was recently described by Ireland’s Evening Herald newspaper as ‘Ireland’s most collectable artist’ with work owned by collectors worldwide.
He has had sellout exhibitions in Dublin, London, Ibiza, Amsterdam and New York. In 2007 his What Colour Are Kisses? exhibition sold out completely within 48 hours. He has had gallery shows solely dedicated to his work in Dublin, Donegal, Mayo, Boyle, Ibiza and London’s Mayfair. His painting Roisin raised 26,100 euro in 2008 for People in Need in the RTÉ Telethon. His more controversial (conceptual) work has included ‘Pierce Brosnan’s Arse’ (which was banned by Unicef), Samantha Mumba’s bust and ‘Moolah’ (life sized cow covered in 50,000 euro of real banknotes – during the height of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger phenomenon).
More currently, his Public Enemy Number One exhibition is on a twelve date tour of the world (including New York, Tokyo, Rome and Rio). The controversial exhibition features amongst others Jordan as Myra Hindley, Barack Obama wearing Ku Klux Klan robes (made from U.S. flags), the Pope marrying a gay couple, a Black Bono and Angelina Jolie & Madonna passing each other in a supermarket aisle pushing trolleys full of multi-racial children. Sharkey is an internationally successful interior designer creating bold commercial and domestic interiors in Ireland, the UK, the US and Spain. One of his design projects featured in RTÉ’s Celebrity Showhouse recently.
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Field Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Illustration, DesignKevin Sharkey (born 1962) (Irish: Caoimhín Ó Searcaigh) is an Irish artist and designer.Early life:Sharkey was born in Dublin in 1962, but was brought up in the small town of Killybegs, County Donegal.
Kevin Sharkey was formerly a chef, nude model (photographed by David Bailey), interior designer, photographer and songwriter (for Bob Geldof and Boney M, for example). He was Ireland’s first ever non-white television presenter on RTÉ’s ‘Megamix’ and went on to present ‘The Roxy’ music show on ITV in the UK. He also appeared several times in Father Ted as Father Shaft, as well as becoming a ‘farmhand’ in Celebrity Farm.
He has spoken about being bisexual.
Norman Teeling is one of Ireland’s leading impressionist painters. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944, Teeling graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1975 with a degree in Fine Art. After graduating, he began a successful career as a teacher, stage set designer, signwriter and cartoonist for two national papers, The Irish Press and Sunday World. He also worked in The Animation Film Industry as a background artist and animator in Ireland, Norway, and the USA.
While Teeling’s paintings include many local scenes of the coastal region of North Dublin, his outlook and insight have been sharpened by his travel abroad, particularly in the US, France and Norway. A true mark of the artist’s versatility and an undoubted acknowledgement of his talent are the ten paintings that were commissioned for the General Post Office in Dublin. The work depicts the events surrounding the ‘1916 Rising’ and remains on permanent display.
“Painting to me is about many things, the most important being the elevation of the spirit and the celebration of life. I was never one to care about trends or fashions and all the ‘isms’ that go with it. In fact, I just paint what comes natural to me, however, I do believe that communicating in a personal and recognizable style is what every artist seeks and he or she must spend his or her life reflecting that style, in order to express his or her inner world more clearly and directly.
When I paint a picture or indeed look at a picture by another artist I want to be elevated, I want to escape from the mundane and enter a world of the romantic whether it be an interior or a landscape. I like to bring this feeling into my work and hope the viewers will identify with what I’m trying to express. Finally, for me, my inspiration is light and through it, I try to celebrate my inner world.”
Ciano is an Irish visual artist living and working in Cork, Ireland. Reflecting upon a past life as a DJ & Music Producer, provided Ciano with a wealth of influences which is present in his own individual contemporary art style. Working out of his local Cork studio, mainly in acrylics combined with collage and other different materials, his work can conjure up a multitude of thoughts and emotions, inviting the viewer to spend more time reflecting upon the theme and meaning within each piece. Ciano says that when creating a piece of artwork, most of the processing stages comes out of raw emotions and feelings, and I work fluidly, allowing ideas to guide me within that instant.
Artist Jelena Strasiene
Jelena Straiziene, I was born in Lithuania (Vilnius). I began to paint, studying architecture (as one of the main subjects) at Gedimino Vilnius University (Lithuania), therefore I often use architectural elements in my works. Since I moved to Ireland in 2008, I have had several exhibitions, both group and solo. Now I live and paint in New Ross, Co.Wexford. My paintings are a means to express my feelings and thoughts, my admiration for the unique atmosphere of every moment. I love to experiment in order to better convey the mood. ARTIST STATEMENT In each of us there is a certain part where there are no taboos and conventions, where the main thing is the imagination and the freedom to express our feelings and emotions. That is what I am trying to open in my paintings. I look at the cracked paint on the wall and see objects and shapes. City lights reflected in raindrops, architectural fragments of old streets, all the moods and emotions I write in my imagination to then pass through colors and lines. Painting becomes a game of experimentation, it allows me to learn more about me and the world and a way of saying thank you for all that I see and feel.
Irish Artist Chris Quinlan
Chris Quinlan was Born in 1968 in Co. Tipperary, Ireland and now lives and paints in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. His hometown in Templemore provided the foundation for his artistry and his love of travel and nature has hugely influenced his work.
Chris is predominantly a self-taught artist, painting since 1999. His work has evolved overtime, leading to a unique and original chromoluminism/divisionism impressionistic technique of painting with an eye-catching blend of rich colours and bold textures. An inviting and vivid style, sensitivity and atmosphere that envelops the canvas.
My paintings are the result of my desire and passion to paint. Oil Painting gives me the privilege of creating my own order to things, to reflect who I am on this colorful journey of self-discovery and to be unafraid to share what I find.
My intended goal is to capture and communicate life’s experiences, moments and memories and convey my painted definition to the viewer. To draw the viewer into the piece and to stimulate and inspire them with its textures and colour.
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