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.

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.

Fergus A Ryan

Very enjoyable weekend with a lovely bunch of arty women....and great crack! (pun intended) Fergus is a master of his art and he covered techniques, colour mixing and painting compositions, can’t wait to apply it.....Thanks Schoolhouse for Art!
— Breda Mathews
 Fergus with a print of 'Harold'

Fergus with a print of 'Harold'

Fergus A Ryan’s wistful paintings in landscape and portrait evoke a sense of ‘the presence of absence’, the time-suspended space between left-behindness and anticipation. The artist is a regular participant in the RHA’s annual exhibitions, and has also exhibited in the Royal Ulster Academy and at Greenacres Gallery in Wexford.

He has studied in Italy with noted painter Israel Hershberg, and at the Florence Academy of Art, and with American portrait painter David Kassan in New York, Italy and Dublin. His work has been acquired by the Government of Ireland and Lightkeeper is currently in the State’s collection at Áras an Úachtaráin.

Fergus‘s principal influences have been Andrew Wyeth, Vilhelm Hammershøi, John Ruskin, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and, more recently, the Spanish realists Antonio López García and Isabel Quintanilla. He was formerly an Aer Lingus pilot on long-haul operations in North America, Africa and the Middle East.

www.FergusARyan.com

Michael Gemmell

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Michael is an abstract artist living in Co. Wicklow. He attended both Dublin and Limerick Collages of Art.

He teaches abstract painting on an ongoing basis to groups and also gives one to one tuition. Throughout his career michael has had numerous successful exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. His paintings are held in private and public collections. Gemmell never stops thinking about the landscape as something interiorized “from above and below” rather than as something diagrammatically delineating the lay of the land.His process seems to be one of delving and digging into earthy essences, as when Heaney likes working with his pen to the way his father sinks a spade “into gravelly ground.”

He recently exhibited his work in the Leinster Gallery Dublin.

www.michaelgemmell.com

 

Paul Flynn

I did stage 1 sculpture with Paul and it was brilliant. Nervous and tense to start but after the first week relaxed and sculpted my first head. Now doing stage 2, with a live model, and thoroughly enjoying it. Jen is a great model and the other ‘sculptors’ are fun to work alongside. Paul is a great teacher, very, very patient, always a smile on his face and makes a lovely cuppa !!!
— Eve Lynch
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Born in Ireland. Paul has studied imagery in detail on a professional level for many years. He started in 1982 as a lithographer working for John Hinde, learning how to etch plates and following it on to the final print. His skill in the area of print was well recognised and he gained invaluable knowledge of the chemistry and mechanics of printing.

His fascination with sculpture started when he needed a three-dimensional model of Samuel Beckett to create new paintings so that he could light his subject from different angles. He went on to study Sculpture under Niamh Harding Miller and in the Irish Academy of figurative art under Dony MacManus. Paul also teaches Sculpture in Scoil Mhuire Clane and at www.sculpt4all.com

His work forms part of collections in Europe, America, China and Australia.

www.paul-flynn.com

Damien Flood

Damien is an Irish artist based in Dublin. His work is grounded in early writings on philosophy, theology, alchemy and the natural sciences and explores the mutability of ‘reality’ and language. In 2013, he exhibited in the group exhibition Island: New Art From Ireland in Galleria Civica diModena, Italy; in the three-person show Flood/NiBhriain/Vari at DOMOBAAL, London; and the group show Cafe Paridiso (Least common denominator, or Rustenschacher) at M1, Germany. In 2012, he was part of the group showMaking Familiar at Temple Bar Gallery, Crystalline at Millennium Court Arts Centre and Last at Douglas Hyde Gallery. He has been selected for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize in 2008 and 2010. Most recently he has been in the group shows Ngorongoro, Leiderstrasse, Berlin and Studio Chronicles a RH Contemporary Art, New York.

Solo shows include

Infinite Plane, Grey Noise, Dubai,  Interior Sun, Green On Red Gallery, 2014, Theatre of the World, Ormston House, Limerick, 2012, Upland, Mermaid Arts Centre, 2011, History of the Visitation, Green On Red Gallery, 2011, Counter Earth, Green On Red Gallery, 2010.

Publications include

Afterworlds, 2013, Spectral Gallery, 2011, Selected Works, 2010. Damien has thought at Limerick College of Art, Wexford College of Art, Sligo College of Art, Burren College of Art andbeen a Visiting Lecturer at the National College of Art, Dublin and Belfast College of Art. Damien Flood is represented by Green On Red Gallery, Dublin.

www.damienflood.ie

Sinéad Lawless

 Sinéad Lawless

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