Angela Emsen West

Angela was born in Liverpool in the early 50's and always felt that drawing and painting was her calling. This was her big dream as she grew up. “I suppose dreams and reality are worlds apart, however, with a lot of heart and a bit of luck dreams can happen.”

As the youngest of her children went to school she decided to take an art foundation course.  She realised very quickly that it was not for her.  She would have liked to learn techniques and that was not what the course was about, with hindsight Angela realised she needed to earn a living so changed tack to a fashion and design course instead! The fashion industry was really tough and maybe she was not tough enough, because around 15 years ago Angela fell ill but sometimes out of difficulty great things happen.   She could now paint to her hearts content. As well as painting again she was giving herself therapy (art is so therapeutic) something the Schoolhouse or Art recognises. 

https://www.artmayo.ie

Tom Voyce

The Schoolhouse for Art are delighted to welcome Tom Voyce to our 2019 National and International Workshop Series.  He will be with us in September after he completes his practice development in all the corners of the world.  Through 2018 Tom has completed a number of art residencies in New Zealand in search for new subject matter. His journey has also taken in visits to cities across Canada and the US as well as the islands of Fiji – befitting of his favourite subject matter; places of transit.  

Tom Boyce is a 29 year old artist from Burton on Trent in the UK.  Trained in Fine Art at Aberystwth University School of art in Wales, Tom gained his Bachelors degree in 2011- specializing in drawing and painting.  He completed a Masters degree shortly Afterwards allowing him to refine his practice while working and teaching at HE level.  This also included a visit to China in 2014 where he taught life drawing

In 2017 Tom participated on Sky Arts Landscape artist of the year, where his powerful and distinctive landscapes thrilled the judges.  He went on to win the competition and claim the prize of a £10,000 commission from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, where he was required to paint the view from the legendary playwright Noel Coward’s home in Jamaica.


Tom has gone on to produce a whole series of artworks based on his visit to Jamaica, as well as continuing to further his own practice through still life’s, interiors and various other semi abstract landscapes, which are now fundamental to his work.


His subject matter comprises of a variety of different themes but his compositions consistently demonstrate his interest in the formal elements of composition: structure, perspective, shape and light. Places of transit such as airports, railway stations, roads and bridges also remain a favourite theme.

Tom is an artist whose work sits firmly within a vast art historical tradition. Heavily influenced by 20th Century American abstraction, his work treads a tightrope between figuration and abstraction and takes particular inspiration from the work of Richard Diebenkorn, who trod a similar path through his work. It is a tension between a figuration and abstraction in Toms work, often unresolved, that gives his work the very energy, dynamism and vibrancy that make the paintings so successful. His language is one of abstract concerns (shape, dimension, tone, colour, mark etc) balanced with the presence of organic forms, where landscape provides a rationale or pattern which informs his compositions.

To call Tom a landscape painter then, does perhaps not do justice to the wider concerns present within his work. The subject at hand here is not landscape itself, but rather the components of such that make up our perception and experience of a place; light, tone, shadow, colour. What we are offered through these paintings are accounts of fleeting moments within a landscape; the fall of light on a building, or the shadows cast by a motorway flyover. The strength in these pieces lies not in their faithful depiction of a landscape, but in their suggestion of a sense of place, of being present within a particular space at a particular moment.

Tom makes his paintings by working very quickly on a whole series at the same time. Often on a small scale, the works complement each other and work together to allow a vibrancy and relationship to develop. As a result, one painting can often be completed within hours. He paints in oils on gesso primed boards which dry quickly allowing him to build-up layers through colour and mark. His tools include the traditional variations of filbert paint brushes- but also his ‘pebble’- a painting wedge that allows for paint to be moved around and for an underlying structure to be developed throughout the painting. He likes the ‘history’ of the artwork to remain upon viewing which this tool allows for.

His subject matter comprises of a variety of different themes but his compositions consistently demonstrate his interest in the formal elements of composition: structure, perspective, shape and light. Places of transit such as airports, railway stations, roads and bridges also remain a favourite theme.

https://tom-voyce.com/

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.

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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.