David Eager Maher

David’s practice considers the possibilities of drawing, by combining his world view with the historicity of imagery and a contemporary visual culture awareness, his drawings function as a quasi description of time. Ideas and narrative are conjured through subject matter, surfaces, materials and deliberately adapting various historic drawing techniques. Having initially trained as a fabric painter, David then studied Classical Animation before going on to receive a BA and MFA in fine art painting, his practice is directly informed by all of these disciplines.

David graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from NCAD Dublin 2009, and an MFA also from NCAD 2011. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and Abroad.

PJ Lynch

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PJ Lynch is a renowned artist and probably does not require introduction!  He was born in Belfast, and became interested in art at an early age.   

He has worked as a children’s book illustrator for over 30 years, illustrating over twenty books, including modern editions of classic books such as Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. 

He has won many awards for his work as a book illustrator including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal which he has won on two occasions and the Christopher Medal three times.

www.pjlynchgallery.com

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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

Sinéad Lawless

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Sinéad Lawless

Sinead graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in 2000 with a diploma in Animation. She subsequently went on to work for Brown Bag Films & contributed to the creation of their Academy Award® Nominated Short ‘Give up yer aul Sins’.
After 14 years of working in the design industry, Sinéad left to pursue her love of drawing and painting.

Sinead loves to teach beginners or those returning to art after a long absence. It is her passion to help people to find their voice and their strengths, and build confidence. Sinead is multi-disciplined and this gives her the flexibility to work with different styles.

See more of Sinead's work on her website www.sineadlawless.com

Sinead also teaches Illustration & Animation for Young Artists with her brother Dave Lawless (doodlesoup.ie)

Alongside art, Sinead is an amateur musician and plays with the Dublin Ukulele Collective, who recently rocked it out at Electric Picnic 2016.


Painting the Nation 2016

In October 2016, Sinead was crowned the winner of RTE's 'Painting the Nation', and her work now becomes part of the State Collection to hang in Dublin Castle. Click here to read more about the show.

Winning ‘Painting the Nation’ and having my work become part of the national collection, to hang in Dublin Castle, is such a huge honour and truly a dream come true. I am absolutely thrilled and at the same time humbled by the whole experience. I’m now determined to work harder than ever.
— Sinead Lawless
Sinead emerged victorious after the Painting the Nation judges Una Sealy and Gabhann Dunne were impressed by the atmosphere captured in her piece. “This was a difficult decision,” said Una Sealy, “but we felt Sinead’s piece captured something of the atmosphere of the Shannon, a misty peacefulness”. Gabhann Dunne added: “It was very close but Sinead’s landscape just had something more of the lake and its surroundings, giving her the edge”.
— https://www.rte.ie/culture/2016/1101/828415-painting-the-nation-finale-recap/

The winning painting

Evening Echo - 26/10/2016