Vincent Keeling is a Dublin born artist who has been painting with oils for almost thirty years. In this time Vincent has exhibited in numerous well known galleries on the Dublin art scene: Combridge Fine Arts, Sol Art, The Oisin Gallery, The Doorway Gallery as well as exhibiting at The Royal Hibernian Academy annual exhibition. In addition to this Vincent set up and ran his own gallery from 2009- 2015 where he not only displayed and promoted his own work but that of many other well-known Irish artists, not least of which being Vincent’s former teacher Brian McCarthy. In these gallery years Vincent’s own painting took a back seat, but since 2015 he has returned to his work with renewed vigor and ambition for his art.
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."
John Dinan is a professional artist who has been teaching art for over 20 years, in Ireland, France and Italy. He is an exhibiting artist in many of Ireland’s leading galleries in both the Republic and the north of Ireland. He has exhibited in RHA, Oireachtas and many solo and group exhibitions. He is a member of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, and of the Back Lane Painters, and is a founder member of the Portmarnock Art Group.
His landscapes, portraits and still lifes are held internationally in corporate and private collections.
He especially loves painting en plein air, and has run outdoor workshops and been a prize-winner at the international Art in the Open festival in Wexford. He paints in a varied range of styles, but his work is usually recognised through good drawing, strong compositions and bright colours. His workshops always receive great feedback for the extensive tuition, complete sharing of experience and insights, helpful one-to-one advice and the encouraging atmosphere he maintains in his classes. He lives in Cross, in south Mayo, near the village of Cong where he and his wife have had an art gallery for over 12 years. www.johndinan.comwww.congartgallery.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.