Teacher of Art, Craft and Design at St. Joseph of Cluny Secondary school Killiney. Over 7 years teaching both in Ireland and the U.K.
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.
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".
Robert Zeller is an artist and writer, based in Oyster Bay, NY. Zeller received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. In addition, he continued his study of classical form with private anatomical study with the sculptor Sabin Howard, and also at the Water Street Atelier. He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007.
Zeller has exhibited his artwork in Los Angeles, Houston, and Paris. His work is in personal and corporate collections in the US, Mexico and Europe In January 2009, he founded the Teaching Studios of Art, an art school devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages and skill levels. Over 9 years, the school has hosted classes and workshops taught by some of the finest faculty working in Figurative art today.
He has written a book about the Figure for Monacelli Press, called The Figurative Artist's Handbook which was released in April 2017. In addition, he has written essays for The Brooklyn Rail and Drawing Magazine. In 2014, he was the subject of a feature profile in Professional Artist Magazine. He has been quoted or written about in several other national publications, including American Artist and Studios magazines.
Zeller was the co-curator of The New Baroque, an exhibition at Booth Gallery in NYC from November 2017- January 2018, based on The Figurative Artist's Handbook and featured 21 of the artists included in the book and a couple of others, encompassing contemporary figure painting as well as sculpture.
Works by Robert Zeller
I trained at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne under Victor Passmore and qualified as a Teacher of Art and Drama in the 70’s . After some years in Adult and Secondary Education I decided to become a Full-Time painter and for the next five years I completed about 700 Commissions and I had only one regret, that I hadn’t done it sooner. I was really learning my craft.
In 1977 I put my wandering shoes on and moved to The South of France to open a Painting Holiday Centre which worked successfully for the next twenty years. Although teaching took up much time I continued to paint, both for myself and commissioned pieces for Olympic Riders and Owners, Marine Companies, Husbands for Wives, Wives for Husbands, Children and other Animals for their owners.
During the Off Season I travelled to The U.S. several times to exhibit and teach. Exhibitions in California, Florida and South Carolina lead to invitations to give demonstrations in all three States and two semi-permanent Exhibitions in some really nice Galleries. The most interesting of these trips, however, were invitations to go to The Falkland Islands to paint Horses, Ships and Wild Life on South Georgia.
I’m told that I paint too many different things …. That I should specialise …. I disagree, I paint things that I want to Celebrate, things that give me a buzz.
Apart from telling you that I believe in Hogwarts, Narnia and Middle Earth that I’m giftedly clumsy and have no intention of ever growing up."
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
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.