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/

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

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