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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Aine Devine

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Aine Divine is a portrait artist and art teacher. Originally from Co. Cork, she graduated in 1991 from the Crawford College of Art and Design and in 1995 gained a Higher Diploma in art teaching. Now living in Roslin, Midlothian she teaches, paints, and Is a mum to "three wonderful girls".

Aine was shortlisted for the Irish National Portrait Award three years in a row and was an award winner in 1993. In 2005 she painted Mo Mowlam for BBC 1's 'Star Portraits' and was delighted that her portrait was chosen to keep. In 2007 she painted Olympic triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards and her commissioned portraits include footballers for the Hibernian Historical Society and winners of the British Open Golf Championship. Aine was a finalist in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year award 2014, painting singer Neil Hannon in the first round, then a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Sally Hitchner in the semi-final, RSC voice coach Cicely Berry, and Sir Ian McKellen in the final.

One of Aine's self portraits was selected for exhibition in the Royal Watercolour Society's annual contemporary art show at the Bankside Gallery in London in 2014 and won the Heatherleys Studio Award. Aine has also won Winsor and Newton awards for her portrait of Matthew in the same show in 2013, and for 'Carolina in Gold' in 2015. Aine exhibits widely in Scotland and won the watermark award at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour summer show last year for one of her many portraits of singer Lake Montgomery. Aine's work is currently featured in The Artist and Artist and Illustrators magazine.

Works by Aine.

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

Sinéad Lawless

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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