Posts Categorised: Artists

Magical Intensity of Mike Bernard’s work

This week we’re looking at the work of Mike Bernard. Mike’s from Liverpool originally but is living in the West of Ireland since the late Seventies. ‘All of my family were 2nd generation Irish and I grew up with stories of Ireland. When I was fourteen I was selected to attend the Liverpool Art High…

 Finding balance through art: Irish Rugby pro Jimmy Duffy

mixed media painting Draíocht san Fhuinneog

  Connacht Forwards Coach Jimmy Duffy is a well known face in Irish Rugby. He played for Connacht, the Barbarians, Ireland U-21s and Ireland A. Did you know that he’s also a gifted artist? We spoke to Jimmy about his passion for art and how he finds time to paint with such a heavy schedule. …

Introducing Dublin artist James Rooney

still life painting of lemons

Where did you grow up? Churchtown, Dublin, as well as a few teenage years in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. When did you first become interested in art? Always had an interest, and a little talent, from an early age, but drifted away in my late teens before gradually coming back to it in my mid 30s.  …

County Wexford Artist Martina Furlong

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the beautiful Co.Wexford countryside about a mile and a half from the village of Galbally. When did you first become interested in art? I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember so the interest has always been there. How did you pursue…

Q & A with … Marja van Kampen

Marja van Kampen The Blue Bird Egg acrylic on canvas 100x100cm

  Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Netherlands. After finishing Art College I spent some time in the South of France. In 1982 I moved to Ireland. When did you first become interested in art? I first became interested in art at 6 years of age. My primary school teacher saw…

County Cavan artist Freda Young

County Cavan Irish artist Freda Young

Where did you grow up? I grew up in County Cavan. When did you first become interested in art? From a very early age I was interested in drawing. How did you pursue your desire to be a painter? We had no art class at secondary school; it was not until I went to work…

Q & A with…Rine Philbin

Blue Heavan

  Where did you grow up? Between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, scenic Clonbur, Co. Galway. When did you first become interested in art? As a child, teachers would ask me to paint the background for the school photos or when the school inspector came etc. I was always an artist. How did you pursue…

Q & A with Therese O’Keefe

Floral Abstract by Irish Artist Therese O'Keefe

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Killarney Co. Kerry When did you first become interested in art? I loved art in school; it was my favourite subject and collected Christmas cards to make an album of them when I was about seven years old it was my favourite go to book. How…

Q & A with Nick Fegan

Where did you grow up? Dublin When did you first become interested in art?​​ As a teenager. I went on to art foundation school. How did you pursue your desire to be a painter?​​ When I started to show my work to friends, they encouraged me on. What is the artistic lifestyle like? Take us through…

Q & A with Niki Purcell

Into the Sun

Where did you grow up? ​​ I grew up beside the Sea in Greystones Co.Wicklow, with views of the Sugarloaf Mountain, Bray Head and the distant Wicklow Mountains When did you first become interested in art?​​ I have always drawn and loved Art, as a young child I would draw on the title page of…

Q & A with photographer Louise O’Gorman

The Ulys-sea by Louise O'Gorman

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Dublin, but moved to the UK to work when I was 19, I then ended up studying Photography at the Nottingham Trent University. I’ve not lived in Ireland since, but go back regularly to visit my family. When did you first become interested in art? My…

Olivia’s love of art began with a gift from a French pen-pal

olivia o carra

Q & A with Olivia O’Carra Where did you grow up? I grew up in Pallaskenry a small village in Co. Limerick. From an early age I liked to draw and paint but it was a present of of a beautiful book on the impressionists sent by a French penfriend that really fired my interest…

Q&A with Joseph Mahon

q&a with joseph mahon

Our latest Q&A is with self taught Irish artist Joseph Mahon. After living in London for many years Joseph returned to his native County Carlow in 2000.   When did you first become interested in art? I remember loving painting as a small child, when I first went to school at 4. All through primary…

A PhD in Science but something was missing…

Q & A With Susan Mills 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in a rural village in County Waterford, called Knockanore. 2. When did you first become interested in art? I was always interested in art. As a very young child I was fascinated by the works of the Great Masters which…

Q&A with County Mayo Artist Deirdre Walsh

After following her calling and studying art in New York, Mayo native Deirdre Walsh returned home to the West of Ireland, where she paints en plein air in one of the most idyllic spots in the world. She speaks to Artclick.ie about her studies, inspiration and current work… Where did you grow up? I grew…

A Long Way From Home Sue Bryan and Michelle Conway

A Long Way From Home brings together the work of Irish born Sue Bryan and American born Michelle Conway, two artists whose fascination with memory and place may be traced in their respective relocations across The Atlantic. Now based in New York, Bryan’s atmospheric miniature drawings in charcoal and carbon refer to her memories of…

‘ART FOR HEARTS’ – Our Valentine’s Day Online Exhibition

  This Valentine’s Day the artists at ArtClick.ie are sharing their love with an online exhibition entitled ‘Art For Hearts.‘ The exhibition will feature new works by oil painters Henry McGrane, Jane Meyler, Des Downes, Reingard Gahan & Angela Byrne O’Leary. In keeping with the theme of love, florals, including work by botanical artist Holly…

Mise Éire : I am Ireland’ 

2016 Irish Art Calendar in support of Barretstown ArtClickIreland.com, the online portal for Irish art, has just released its 2016 Irish art calendar in support of their charity partner Barretstown. Barretstown help children, and their families, rebuild their lives after the trauma of childhood cancer and other serious illnesses. A key principle of the Barretstown camps…

Step into Spring

Step into Spring with an exhilarating exhibition of art painted outdoors. Just the thing to get us all in the Spring mood is an uplifting April art exhibition ‘Mood & Light’ hosted by ArtClick.ie in association with Pleineire. The common thread of this show is that the artists have created their artworks outdoors (en plein…

En Plein Air show – Mood & Light

In preparation for our Spring en plein air show ‘Mood & Light’ which runs throughout April 2014, I thought it would be interesting to take a brief look at the history of outdoor painting, or painting directly from nature, in Irish art. Thomas Couture, with whom Nathaniel Hone studied in France, is quoted as saying…

W B Yeats 75th Anniversary

This week saw the 75th anniversary of the death of W B Yeats. Here is one of his most well known and best loved poems. Lake Isle of Innisfree I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I…

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2014 from all the team at Art Click – Sláinte 😉

Painting Gandon – Aidan Hickey

I worked in the IFSC in Dublin for a number of years in the Nineties and passed this very building twice a day. The Custom House is a beautiful piece of architecture designed by James Gandon in the late 18th century. I was interested to know the background to this marvelous painting so I asked…

Suzie Sullivan’s wonderful giclée prints

We’re loving Suzie Sullivan’s giclée prints of her wonderful felt creations on ArtClickIreland. Here’s an extract from a recent interview Suzie had with Áine Ryan of The Mayo News: WAY down a winding and narrow road off the road to Drummin, near Westport, there is a fairyland of soft cuddly creatures living in a magical…