Alan McGowan

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Alan McGowan was born in 1964 in Glasgow and studied for his degree at Edinburgh College of Art since when he has been a practicing artist and tutor.
His paintings have featured at many exhibitions of contemporary figure art including; The Scottish Portrait Awards (2017), the BP Portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Threadneedle Prize for Figurative Art, the Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition and The Ruth Borchard self portrait exhibition.

In 2014 he was a semi-finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year and his work is featured
in the international painting annual reviews INPA5, 6 & 7, published by Manifest in Cincinatti USA.

His works appear in the public collections of the Royal Scottish Academy, Stirling University and Art in Healthcare and he is winner of the Wood Award (Visual Arts Scotland), the Bowie award for painting (Paisley Institute) and the Powderhall Foundry award for sculpture.

He has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally in group shows in South Korea, Portugal, Finland, Italy, the Czech Republic and the USA, and recently featured in the exhibition “A Bit of Brit” at the Westbeth Gallery in New York.


Working always from life, his paintings explore the tension between the inherent elusiveness of the world and our attempts to hold on to it. Seeing language itself as a vehicle for these attempts the language of paint – colour, tone, runniness, translucency, opacity, line etc become a second subject in tandem with the model, a parallel terrain.

Alan also teaches figure drawing, painting and anatomy for artists and has taught at the Royal Academy in London, The National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, Dundee University, The Museum of London, The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Leith School of Art and the Royal Collection Gallery, Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

In 2012 he published a book of drawings “The Language of the Body” exploring the relationship between working in the life studio and the philosophical concerns of writers such as Michael de Montaigne and Proust which was named the best art book of 2012 by about.com website.

In 2017 he published "Unstill Life".


www.alanmcgowan.com

Aine Devine

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Aine Divine is a portrait artist and art teacher. Originally from Co. Cork, she graduated in 1991 from the Crawford College of Art and Design and in 1995 gained a Higher Diploma in art teaching. Now living in Roslin, Midlothian she teaches, paints, and Is a mum to "three wonderful girls".

Aine was shortlisted for the Irish National Portrait Award three years in a row and was an award winner in 1993. In 2005 she painted Mo Mowlam for BBC 1's 'Star Portraits' and was delighted that her portrait was chosen to keep. In 2007 she painted Olympic triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards and her commissioned portraits include footballers for the Hibernian Historical Society and winners of the British Open Golf Championship. Aine was a finalist in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year award 2014, painting singer Neil Hannon in the first round, then a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Sally Hitchner in the semi-final, RSC voice coach Cicely Berry, and Sir Ian McKellen in the final.

One of Aine's self portraits was selected for exhibition in the Royal Watercolour Society's annual contemporary art show at the Bankside Gallery in London in 2014 and won the Heatherleys Studio Award. Aine has also won Winsor and Newton awards for her portrait of Matthew in the same show in 2013, and for 'Carolina in Gold' in 2015. Aine exhibits widely in Scotland and won the watermark award at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour summer show last year for one of her many portraits of singer Lake Montgomery. Aine's work is currently featured in The Artist and Artist and Illustrators magazine.

Works by Aine.

Noël O´Callaghan

Noël O´Callaghan has worked as a professional painter and teacher for over 20 years. 
The main focus of her work is the lived moment and how to accurately render its fleeting spontaneity with fluidity and economy. 
She paints in both oil and watercolour and her palette combines vibrant Fauvist hues with more muted tones inspired by the Irish landscape. She favours energy over academicism in painting and is an advocate of daily drawing and life-drawing.

 

Her art education began early as the daughter of noted Irish painter Diarmuid O’Ceallachain (1915-1993), who was teacher of painting at the Crawford School of Art from 1940 to 1970. Sharing with others what she learnt through this experience, and how it contributed to her own artistic development, is very important to her.

She has also worked as an actor and musician and she often mixes classical art forms with live public performance, as in her installation Live based on life-drawing in public spaces which was the first art event to be part of the Dublin Theatre Festival’s main programme.
She divides her time between her studios in Berlin and Cork and has been commissioned for a number of public art projects in Berlin. She has received Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland support for her work, and in 2005 she was awarded an ongoing studio support grant from the Berlin Arts Council. She has exhibited widely in both juried and solo shows and her work can be found in in private and public collections in Ireland, Germany, UK, China and USA.
 

http://www.noel-o-callaghan.com/

https://youtu.be/-Dt5jZh_fNA - Life Drawing

https://vimeo.com/98682819 - Dr Eimer O'Connor talking about her work

http://www.diarmuidoceallachain.com/

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Neil Condron

Such an inspiring place and Neil is a wonderful mentor with a great sense of fun and brilliantly creative.

Following a 35 year in the graphic design industry Neil decided to follow ‘his dream’ and pursue his love of painting in 2008. Neil considers himself a ‘mature’ student of ”Galleries, Google, YouTube and anywhere else I can study how other artists do it – graduating anytime soon is unlikely!”.

Neil’s evocative painting ‘upon small shoulders‘ was bought by singer/songwriter Sinéad O’Connor and used as the image for her current album ‘How about I be me and you be you’. He enjoys painting in oils and pastels and digging his hands in clay. His forté is portraiture.

Neil is the founder/director of the Schoolhouse for Art.

www.condron.ie

I did the pastel workshop with Neil recently and had a really enjoyable day. We learned a lot in a very relaxed way, it was a lovely atmosphere and I would highly recommend it – a de-stress day and I will definitely be back!
— Caroline Flood
What a great day … Neil had a lovely way of teaching and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. great setting…therapy for the soul! so much so I have just booked another workshop
— Margaret Joyce

Nicholas Robinson

Florence Academy of Art prize winner and graduate.

Nicholas finished his post-graduate studies at Ireland’s National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in 2009, having previously graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Thoroughly disillusioned by art education in Ireland, Nicholas searched elsewhere and was introduced to the American ateliers in Florence, in which students study exclusively from life, by the Irish painter Gearoid Hayes.

Subsequently Nicholas quit his teaching career and attended the Florence Academy of Art, Sweden under the tutelage of the Swedish painter Joakim Ericsson. Nicholas received a pair of drawing awards during his time at the school in Sweden and returned to Ireland in 2013. He is now exhibiting nationally, and works and teaches out of in his studio in Dublin city-centre.

Yanny Petters

I recently discovered the Schoolhouse for Art and have taken three courses with the wonderful Yanny Petters. I must say that I have truly enjoyed her courses as she is very knowledgeable and very easy to work with; Yanny provides so much background information and gives students guidance and positive feedback that it makes them want to come back for more. Another bonus is the ease of getting to the Schoolhouse; commuting from north of Drogheda is a distance, but getting to and from Enniskerry is very easy as it is just off the motorway so not a difficult task.
The Schoolhouse in general has a lovely atmosphere and always a welcoming place for artists, students and those of us who are beginners and just want to try our hand at art!
— Lisa Martinez

Yanny Petters has been painting exquisitely detailed portraits of wild plants since the 1990s. Her love and interest in botanical art stemmed from her work as a signwriter where plant themes were common in decorative design. As well as working in watercolours and oils Yanny also specialises in ‘painting on glass’, a technique she has been developing since her signwriting years. Her paintings are in a number of important collections including the Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection at Kew Gardens, London and the Office of Public Works, in Wicklow Mountains National Park and the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

Recently Yanny has been exploring Nature Print, which is a form of fine art monoprint in which the plant itself is used to print from. The technique was used in the Middle Ages to illustrate Herbals for Medicinal Plant identification.

Yanny teaches watercolour painting and drawing from nature and the purpose of her work is to raise awareness of the wonders of nature and especially the wild plants of Ireland.

She is a member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists and the Water Colour Society of Ireland.

www.yannypetters.net

Brenda Malley

Fantastic weekend workshop with Brenda. She is extremely generous with her time and gives great feedback. She is very hands on and starts each class with a demonstration on how she approaches her work. As a beginner to oil painting this was so informative and she took the fear out it. I will be back and would highly recommend her workshops to everyone.
— Sheila

Brenda is a professional artist and art instructor, with over 20 years experience conducting painting classes and workshops in Ireland and the south of France. With a special interest in landscape and seascape painting, her preferred medium is oil paint applied with a palette knife to fully express the vitality and energy of her subject.  Her work is represented by the Leinster Gallery in Dublin and the Whitethorn Gallery in Clifden. She has exhibited in London and Cannes as well as receiving a Culture Ireland award for a solo exhibition in Boston. Brenda takes particular pleasure in sharing the creative journey with her students and fellow artists through the workshops and classes that she teaches in Ireland and in France.

www.brendamalley.com

Sahoko Blake

I have just finished a one day workshop with Sahoko Blake. I found it to be extremely informative and inspiring as well as very challenging. I can’t wait to practice my life drawing. Thank you Sahoko and thanks to Neil Condron for a fabulous studio
— Jacinta Monks

Sahoko K.Blake was born in Tokyo graduating from University there in 1991 with a degree in Fine Art & Art Literature .
She moved to Ireland 1996 and since then has exhibited extensively here and abroad, including three solo shows in 2003, 2005, 2007 and has exhibited in RHA Annual exhibitions in 1999, 2002, 2005, – 2013 incl. Sahoko was an invited artist to the RHA studio residency 2010.

Sahoko is an invited tutor on advanced drawing courses in the National gallery of Ireland since 2007 as well as Life Drawing classes in the Alexandra College, Sallynoggin College, and Royal Hibernian Academy.

Sahoko lives & works in Co. Wicklow.

Fergus A Ryan

Very enjoyable weekend with a lovely bunch of arty women....and great crack! (pun intended) Fergus is a master of his art and he covered techniques, colour mixing and painting compositions, can’t wait to apply it.....Thanks Schoolhouse for Art!
— Breda Mathews
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Fergus with a print of 'Harold'

Fergus A Ryan’s wistful paintings in landscape and portrait evoke a sense of ‘the presence of absence’, the time-suspended space between left-behindness and anticipation. The artist is a regular participant in the RHA’s annual exhibitions, and has also exhibited in the Royal Ulster Academy and at Greenacres Gallery in Wexford.

He has studied in Italy with noted painter Israel Hershberg, and at the Florence Academy of Art, and with American portrait painter David Kassan in New York, Italy and Dublin. His work has been acquired by the Government of Ireland and Lightkeeper is currently in the State’s collection at Áras an Úachtaráin.

Fergus‘s principal influences have been Andrew Wyeth, Vilhelm Hammershøi, John Ruskin, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and, more recently, the Spanish realists Antonio López García and Isabel Quintanilla. He was formerly an Aer Lingus pilot on long-haul operations in North America, Africa and the Middle East.

www.FergusARyan.com

Conleth Gent

Just finished 4 week Wood Sculpting with Conleth Gent (thanks Neil), it was brilliant. Con has lots of patience and a great teacher. I’ve signed up for the next one, thanks Con
— Eve
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Conleth Gent was born in Newbridge, Co. Kildare and studied at U.C.D. University College Dublin. His love of wood and working with wood can be clearly seen in each of his unique pieces. He is concerned mainly with personal expression through the use of figurative elements and occasionally abstract forms. His approach is individualistic, communicating something of the character of the particular piece of wood and his interaction and relationship with it.

Currently living and working in Glencullen in the Dublin Mountains his work is collected widely in Ireland and abroad and can be found in the private collections of some of Ireland’s leading artists. University College Dublin purchased one of Gents works in 2009 for its prestigious Belfield campus collection. Griffith College also has his work on display.

Conleth was a founder member of Signal Art Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow. He exhibit widely up and down the country from Skibbereen to Derry and has also worked on and led many community arts projects including the Fitzgerald Park, Children’s Art Project, winner of the first prize for a children’s art project 2005.

Con created public sculpture for ESB to celebrate 100 years of electricity generation (the sculpture situated on Sandymount strand). He was winner of the CAST Foundry Award at Sculpture in Context 2008 and best sculpture award 2012. A sculpture for Marlay Park was commissioned by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 2011.

Three large pieces of Conleth’s work are currently on display in our ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ Sculpture Garden.

www.conlethgent.ie