Mary Neville’s paintings are a celebration of colour. Her current work echoes the colours and moods of the landscape and nature that surrounds her. A visit to Mary in Teer Studio at the foot of Mount Brandon begs the question, ‘why would you want to leave?’.
Hedi works from her adopted home of 20 years in Dingle,Co. Kerry. Her characteristically bright hand-painted ceramic tableware are both beautiful and functional. While Hedi believes everyday objects should be things of beauty, they are dishwasher proof!. The colours on her ceramics are those of her beautiful surroundings on the Dingle Peninsula, these colours of bog iris yellow, fuchsia red, montbrescia orange, heather purple and the blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Before developing her own style, Hedi was greatly influenced in her clay work by the the UK potter, John Poleix and the abstract art of Howard Hodgkin echoes in every piece. All her pots are hand thrown from white earthenware clay, turned and then dipped in a black slip. They are individually hand-painted with brush and sponge. After the initial bisque firing, a transparent glaze is applied before the final firing to yield the vibrancy of the end product.
At present,Draíocht alone represents Hedi’s work outside of Dingle, but this may change following the wonderful exposure on RTE’s Nationwide recently.
Jane is a self-taught artist. After twenty-five years of working as a full-time professional painter, She has developed a distinctive style and repertoire, capturing the colour and atmosphere of the Irish landscape.
Working from her gallery in Tralee in Co, Kerry on the west coast of Ireland , her work is on permanent exhibit. A prolific artist, producing work for exhibition and to commission, her work features in numerous selected private and public collections.
“ I came from an urban area in England to the open country side of Kerry at the age of ten where the impact of the overwhelming beauty left me with a sense of awe that was to stay with me.
The last Twenty-five years of painting have been a labour of love and a process of developing the skills and techniques I need, to capture the beauty that I see and hopefully, the passion that I feel. It is an ongoing process. I see no end in that development. My work is a living, growing part of me or maybe I’m a living growing part of it “If I can convey my love of what I do in my work then I have succeeded.
Welcome to the first edition of the Draíocht Newsletter
Today marks the relaunch of the new website for the Draíocht Arts and Crafts Gallery, Adare. We have updated it to cater for mobile devices and for the first time it includes an on-line shopping capability. This means you can browse the shop at your leisure, checking up on the latest arts and crafts on display for sale. www.draiochtadare.ie
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