Four for Four Art Exhibition
New Exhibition Brings Together Four Outstanding Artists
Dungarvan Leader By Kevin Kirrane Friday, March 23, 2007
Four for Four, the Easter show at Joan Clancy Gallery in the Ring Gaeltacht, which is set to open on Thursday April 5th, will once again focus attention on a gallery recently lauded by The Irish Times as "one of the highlights of Waterford City and County which can be enjoyed for free."
The small but vibrant gallery is set to host another spectacular collection of new works by young and up-and-coming artists – Eileen Healy, Rayleen Clancy, Blawnin Clancy and Leah Murphy.
Running over the long Easter weekend from Thursday April 5th until Monday April 9th, Joan Clancy Gallery will be open from 11 to 5pm each day. It is well worth a drive to this gem of a gallery in the Ring Gaeltacht overlooking the stunning Co Waterford coastline and the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns.
Eileen Healy is predominantly a figurative artist who works mainly in pastel and oil. The paintings she creates are very direct honest and strong portraits of people, who sit for her in her studio. Healy has exhibited her work throughout Ireland and abroad both in solo exhibitions and several selected shows. She is a part time drawing tutor at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.
Rayleen Clancy's well composed works are vibrant with the trusting innocence of childhood and early teenage years, creating a strong dichotomy with underlying hidden portents. The beguiling figurative images are evocative and her use of colour makes the ordinary seem extra ordinary. Many of these images have a Wyeth-like quality with wide open heartland against a big sky and her restrained use of light is very effective.
The coast of the County Waterford Gaeltacht is the source of inspiration for most of Blawnin Clancy's work. Her delicately painted oils on canvas capture the essence and invoke the natural environment of that unspoilt land and beachscape. "Blawnin Clancy's stunning series of developing work is overwhelming." (The Munster Express Review, July 2006).
Leah Murphy's new oils on canvas are confident and stunning. Imbued with rich but restrained hues, the work engages the viewer in exploring the world of abstracted landscapes and skilful figurations.
Eileen Healy a much feted artist, says ‘Drawing from life is the backbone of my work. It keeps my work alive. I am attracted to the immediacy and freshness of recreating in my own language what is in front of me.'
Rayleen Clancy studied at NCAD and at San Francisco Art Institute and graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Film Studies. Solo exhibitions include the Dyehouse Waterford, and STAC. She exhibited in the 173rd Annual RHA Exhibition, the Oisin Gallery Dublin, Mullingar Arts Centre, The Old Market House Dungarvan, and Wexford Arts Centre. She held an acclaimed joint exhibition with her sister Blawnin in Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford; they also featured in Joan Clancy Gallery on Nationwide on RTE1 on a few occasions, and are currently in Spotlight the Waterford City TV arts and entertainment programme hosted by Orla Rapple.
Blawnin Clancy studied at Crawford College of Art & Design and graduated from NCAD. Her solo show Drifter at STAC received much critical acclaim. The Swimmer appeared in the 2005 Daler-Rowney Calender. She has exhibited in Green Acres Wexford, The Form Gallery Cork, Garter Lane Waterford, Lismore Arts Centre, Mullingar Arts Centre, The Old Market House Dungarvan, Wexford Arts Centre. Her work and Rayleen's were exhibited in WRH as part of Healing Arts Trust, and both are included in civic, corporate and private collections.
Leah Murphy graduated from Crawford with an Honours degree in Fine Art Painting in 1997. An admirer of Picasso, Basquait, Susan Rothenberg, Robert Rauschenberg and other American painters of the 60's and 70's, her work is steadily gaining the important professional accolades it deserves.
Four for Four, the Easter show at Joan Clancy Gallery in the Ring Gaeltacht in Co Waterford, is a collection of new works by some of Munster's most talented artists: Eileen Healy, Rayleen Clancy, Blawnin Clancy, Leah Murphy and others.
Four for Four is running from Thursday April 5th until Monday April 9th. The gallery will be open from 11 to 5pm each day. Info (086) 813 4597 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Clancy Gallery, Mweelahorna, Ring, Co Waterford. Well signposted. Located between Coláiste na Rinne (Irish Language College) and the Cunnigar Beach.