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

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.

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.

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.