Ben’s paintings take inspiration from recurring forms in nature. Aspects include forms of plants, fungi, coral, bone structure, microbiology, astronomy and the underlying geometry of nature.
His paintings are created using the heuristic method using just a starting point with no end goal in mind. This creates an ever-changing dialogue between him and the canvas, just like any conversation this takes many twists and turns. Ben is primarily concerned with trying to create balance and harmony, whilst surfing the chaos. As such, his paintings are about relationship. For example, the relationships between colour, texture and form; but also, the relationship between himself, his inspiration and the process of painting and then you, the viewer. To view Ben's work, simply click here.
Laurence O'Toole is a realist painter in both oil and acrylic, whose work is a melding of figurative and nature with a surrealist approach to convey the message in his works. A self-taught artist from Ireland, he has had many solo shows, in Ireland and abroad and is present in many group shows. He has won two awards at the Royal Ulster Academy and has shown at the Royal HibernianAcademy in Dublin and Royal Academy in Scotland. His work has been collected by the OPW and featured in publications and incollections of Banks, film directors, actors, and state institutions. He has also completed manyresidencies, including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Spain and France. His work is also part of the 20 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which is touring the States.
His work has appeared in the Poets artists publications and shows in Gallery 33 Contemporary in the USA and also in the Wisconsin Museum of Contemporary Art.Laurance’s work deals with the narrative of life, it teases out the story of why we do what we do,how we connect and why we don’t. He is constantly trying to illustrate the human spiritand finds himself interested in our spirituality, a spirituality that comes from our veryexistence, our connection, and our place in this world. Laurance finds himself now concentrating on what is important in his work, the narrative, the movement, the colour, the core of thepiece and the soul. It’s the meaty issues that affect us all and he tries to illustrate these,all the while, trying to arrive at something beautiful. To view Laurance's work, simply click here.
Annmarie Nolan is a visual artist born and living in Wexford. She studied Art for 3 years in college at W.I.T. Waterford, where she explored contemporary art through mixed media, painting and sculpture. Her paintings are inspired by her love of nature, spirituality, colour and her response to the environment to create a deeper connectedness and experience of our world. AnnMaire works mainly with oils, watercolours and mixed media. She enjoys working plein air style and is part of the Southeast Plein Air group. She participate regularly at the International Art in the Open Festival in Wexford. Living in County Wexford she has no shortage of inspiration, from their beautiful sandy beaches, coastlines, tillage fields, meadows and forests. These are continuously inspiring, rejuvenating and shaping her work. To view some of AnnMaire's, simply click here.
Anne O'Sullivan was born in Co. Dublin where she still reside. Anne spent most of her working life in accounts and to relax she spent her time doing arts and crafts including knitting, crochet, sea-shell pictures and dabbling in art.
Anne did a draw/paint course in Redwood Art Studio which brought out and improved her painting skills. Her love of painting covers landscapes, flowers, still-life in oils, acrylics and watercolours.
Anne's work has been exhibited in S.D.C.C / Clondalkin Library / Cruthu Valleymount / Peoples Art Dublin / Merrion Square and has been chosen by art lovers from Ireland, England, Scotland, America, Switzerland. She loves nature and the colour pallet is wide and varied in her my art. To view Anne's work, simply click here.
Sue O'Brien is a
self-taught oil painter hailing from Laois. She studied fashion design in the
80s, decided against it & pursued many careers until about 20 years ago
when she found her niche in painting.
The idea is to get all of that on to canvas.
She paints cities, seascapes, people, still life and anything really that captures the imagination.
Sue has exhibited in Kenny’s Gallery, Lahinch, Halla Íde, Limerick, Pearse House, Pearse Street, Dublin, T he Chilli Club and Grogan’s Bar, Dublin and a number of collaborative exhibitions. To view Sue's work, simply click here.
Kenneth’s still life’s are often described as super-realism and work in harmony with Mid-Century Modern styling. He still lives in Northern California where he lives in semi-seclusion. To view Kenneth's work in our shop, simply click here.
Conan Brennan is a creative artist based in Carlow town who specialises in abstract spray art. At just fifteen years of age, Conan is the youngest exhibiting member of Made in Carlow art gallery.
An avid surfer, Conan discovered his love for spray art in 2017 after a surfing trip to Rossnowlagh, Donegal. Taking inspiration from the swirls and swells of the great Atlantic Ocean as well as the spectacular landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way, Conan channeled his surroundings to inspire space scenes.
Conan's first series of paintings culminated in his idea of 'where the sea meets the sky' and resulted in his 'Transcendence' collection.
I grew up in Sligo the north west of Ireland where I developed a love for the outdoors and the wildness of the Irish countryside. Thus, I draw my inspiration from the natural environment and create images using the techniques of realism and naturalism by which to convey its beauty.
I have a desire to produce paintings that reflect nature in its true form and for this reason I choose to paint from life. Painting outdoors enables realistic representation of objects in their natural environment and affords the opportunity to paint real people in real places. I strive to create a sense of movement and a naturalistic depiction of light and shade with realistic texture. To view Stephen's work, simply click here.
Maeve Taylor is a member of CHROMA Carlow Arts Collective. Originally from Dublin, she now lives in Carlow with her family. She started painting with oils in 2006. Her main interest is seascapes and landscapes but has also completed a number of commissions for dog portraits, among other things.
Maeve was a member of a longstanding artists’ group for five years and regularly exhibited locally with this group. She has exhibited and sold paintings in the last four years of the Incognito Exhibition in the Solomon Gallery, Dublin and had a painting selected for The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club Annual Exhibition in May 2017. To view Maeve's work in our shop, simply click here.
Trudi Doyle BA HDE is an internationally known professional artist who works from her studio in Ballyconnell, Co. Carlow, using watercolours, acrylics, pastels, oils and mixed media. Her paintings are perfect for those seeking art which is not only decorative and beautiful but also witty, complex, intriguing and original.
Her artworks are in private collections and publications throughout the world including Britain, Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, France and South Korea. In Ireland, her pieces appear in numerous public collections including the Arts Council of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, Schools, Colleges and the Irish Department of Education. To view Trudi's work in our shop, simply click here.
Oladimeji Olaniyan was born and educated in Nigeria, graduating in 1999 with a BA in Fine and Applied Art from Obafemi Awolowo University. He then worked with Joshua Akande, a prominent Nigerian artist, as studio assistant for 5 years in Lagos.
Now based in Ireland, he was recently runner-up in the Nigeria Italy Art of Friendship Art Competition.
People and environment are his focus; anything that relates both positively and negatively to society could be chosen as his subject matter with ideas centred on crowd and abstract.
Harry Binions is a retired Carlow farmer who has had a long-life interest in art. He took up painting after passing the farm onto his son, which affords him the time to paint full time.
His style is in realism and his work displays an immense amount of detail and precision, which amazes audiences. To view Harry's work, simply click here.
Mary Rose O'Grady is a self-taught artist from Rathmore, Tullow, Carlow.
She paints using oil on canvas and completes it with a U.V protection varnish. Her interest in art began as a child when she painted an oil mural on granite in a mill.
Since Lockdown 2020, inspired by the beauty of the world around her, Mary has been fulfilling her artistic dream by painting landscapes and nature. She uses a wet-on-wet technique. Her art is colourful, creative, quirky, modern and captures a moment in time.
Vicki O Donogue is originally from London and is now based in the Brown Mountains outside Kilkenny City. Vicki studied Fine Art and Business, History of Art and Abstract Art.
For as long as I can remember, I've loved the freedom of being outside in the elements, for me being in nature bestows a gift that nourishes the soul, beyond comprehension and so, is the inspiration behind my practice. Being an abstract artist allows me to express my connection intuitively, working in oils, and graphite, I capture the essence of what I see and feel. I am seduced by colour and mark making, continually experimenting to see what can be achieved by moving the colour around the canvas, using line as a vehicle to distort and abstract, encapsulating the changing light and shadows which course their way across the land, highlighting its texture and geology, by applying and removing paint I can also expose a glimpse of the past beneath the surface, mimicking the archeology of place, giving myself permission to alternate between the real and the imaginary.
Rennie Buenting is a professional visual artist. Her work is often site specific, pursuing methods of exploration into the history and memories attached to a place, a space or a landscape, in relation to the present, knowing they relate to each other as well as to the future. This research together with preliminary drawings lead to Installations , Prints, Paintings, Media works, Sculptures, Sound Recordings, Performance and Film. These deliver a unique experience of a space, a place, a cause, or a landscape, and often serve as a discussion platform.
The work often contains an underlying meaning or protest, which can resonate within a much broader context, as well as on a more personal level. Rennie commenced her professional art career after 30 years of teaching in schools while running a thoroughbred racing stud farm. To view Rennie's work in our shop, simply click here.
Mary Hunt studied Graphic Design and Education in the Limerick School of Art and Design. Since graduating, she has been working as an Art teacher in County Carlow and only recently found the time to get back into making her own art.
Mary’s preferred medium is watercolour and pen and ink. She takes inspiration from the beautiful Carlow landscape and particularly enjoys painting the vivid colours and sense of drama visible in skyscapes. Working with acrylic paints and creating acrylic pours is another passion. Mary takes great pleasure in the individuality of each pour as she sees the work take shape before her eyes. To view Mary's work in our shop, simply click here.
Elita Korsiete is Latvian artist, who has lived in Ireland for over 20 years.
After having to stop work due to arthritis, about four years ago, she decided to focus on first love – Art. In particular, she enjoys working with Acrylic due to its versatility and the variety of effects she can re-create using it. Elita is passionate about learning new skills and techniques and has completed several FET courses in painting & mixed media.
“I hope to reveal my true direction in this mysterious world of Art soon.”
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