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Republic of Colour @ New Line Studios

JULY 12 – AUG 8

Official Opening by Charles Harper - Friday 12thJuly at 8pm

Six Female Abstract Painters :

Debbie Browne – Patsy Connolly – Mary Queally

- Christine Porter – Diana Rock – Rita Wobbe.

New Line Studios is situated on the edge of the Burren Mountains just 4 miles from Kinvara towards Carron. The studios are surrounded by hazel and holly trees which protect them from the outside world. There is an atmosphere of a retreat centre where artists can find peace and time for contemplation. No surprise that the Burren Yoga Centre is just around the corner.

6-8 artists/students meet at weekends organised by Rita Wobbe to practice their passion: abstract painting. The studios were founded by Rita in 2002 after she had completed an MA programme at Limerick School of Art and Design. She also established a strong link to the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan where she teaches abstract painting every August.

The six artists of the New Line Studios showing here all have in common their love and passion for abstract painting. Even if they influence each other when working together at New Line Studios, they all developed their own ideas or concepts about the work process. They havegot to know each other over the years and enjoy the company that comeswhen painting together, discussing different work practices, other artists' work or art historical movements, or simply enjoying some music and conversation.Mary QueallyDebbie Brown, Faling 64 x 30 cm

Mary Queally and Debbie Browne engage in a very free flowing painting process, no objects necessary, just letting things happen while they are painting. The paintings are very rich in colour and seem to reflect on rhythm and energy. Mary uses tissue to create a surface texture. She uses this texture as a starting point and inspiration for the making of the painting. Her favourite colours are rich oranges, reds and purples. For her, painting has a spiritual quality. She compares painting with meditation. Her favourite artist of the past is Wassily Kandinsky.

Debbie uses colour for the excitement and expression of joy and happiness. Her paintings are very colourful and remind us of hot places down south. She uses a collage technique and builds up layers of paper and paint. She draws from her sailing experiences and visiting the Canary Islands. She is the youngest member of the group and has a natural ability in handling paint.

Workshop Diana Rock Sep. 12 021Patsy Connelly

Diana Rock and Patsy Connolly are more inclined to abstract from an object or use images from the outside world as a starting point. These images come and go during the painting process. Figurative elements might be integrated as well and give more recognisable meaning to the work. Diana goes out into nature and takes photographs which inform the work. Her colour scheme often reflects her findings. She is a very lyrical and sensitive painter.

Patsy's work is often a reflection of her garden. It is concerned with the cycle of the seasons and growth, death and renewal. Aspects of the Burren Landscape, its people and animals living in the Burren also enter during the painting process. She often uses black/white and red. Beautiful grey tones link the different parts of the painting.Christine Porter,mixed media'Woman' by Rita Wobbe

Christine Porter and Rita Wobbe are very intuitive painters. Both start the painting by using a grid or an underlying structure. The structure is often enhanced by the use of sand and glue which create a surface texture.

Experimentation is at the heart of Christine’s current practice. Her work explores the changing relationships created between the illusion of depth and actual depth in the composition, using thin paint layers and textured layers to produce visually dynamic images. Christine’s colour sense is subtle and confidently expressed, imparting a luminous quality to her work.

Rita likes to use a structure as a starting point for the painting process. She engages in a process of control and letting go, structure and free flow. A search for female identity has been the starting point of her recent exploration. These first paintings/drawings represent different stages in female life. They address feelings of youth, sexuality, awakening, outsider identity, loneliness, anger, speechlessness, etc. They are emotional abstractions.

The power of abstract painting lies in its richness of ambiguity and possibility of human expression. Over the last 100 years abstract painting has been shifting boundaries and questioning our perception of reality.

The painting process is a form of 'mapping the brain', using references from the outside world which enter and disappear. These references integrate during the painting process and become one on the 2D surface of the painting. In fact the painting itself becomes the subject and the object; it carries its own reality. At times the painting seems to be alive, it breathes in and out. The layers of paint are like a skin over the skeleton of an animal.

'A painting is, it does not have to be explained'.

Abstract painting uses different means of expression; colour, line, form, surface texture, etc. are freely used as elements during the creative process. Abstract painting is challenging; it gives the viewer 'more to do' when engaging with 'a process of transformation'. It allows us to re-experience the thrill of making and creating a piece of art. After all it is a platform for free expression which we all like to enjoy and appreciate.

Check out images of the successful launch of the exhibition:
Republic of Colour @ The New Line Studios. Official opened by Charles Harper on July 12th


JULY 12 – AUG 8

About Place - New work by Kristen Healy

Official Opening Friday 12thJuly at 8pm

Image 1 - Kristen HealyThe latest work by Kristen Healy draws from personal photographs and fieldwork sketches from summers spent in the Burren. More than landscape, the works explore the relationship between memory and space evoking the idea of the genii loci, the spirit of the place. The intimate relationship between place and person is cultivated through time and exploration, a development mirrored by that of the painting process itself.

Paint is applied in soft hues and strong confident line bringing form into focus, guiding the viewer as if through a journey. These musings have a meditative quality in which the everyday is dissolved and the personal narrative that exists between artist and subject is extended to the viewer through the exploration of the canvass surface.

Healy studied Fine art painting at The University of Wolverhampton and has exhibited regularly in the South of England and in Europe. She has moved her studio practice to Ennistymon, County Clare where she continues to develop her dialogue between personal perception and allegory.