Brendan Butler: I create paintings and drawings inspired by music, dark tales, classic and modern literature. Using dramatic narratives as a source the works take on imagined and borrowed tales from Ireland and abroad. The work expands on the narratives and characters, creating through its own making, a world, space and atmosphere all of its own. The characters and participants imbue a sense of emotion and feeling which is vital to my work. I want to engage the audience and transport them to different places in the imagined and real world within my work, taking them into this manipulated and distorted world.
Through my work I am a teller of stories unknown fully to myself or the audience and through this mixing and matching of fables, stories and use of visual clues; I want my work to connect to the audience in the same way it does with me, emotionally.
The works transcend me as an artist and allows the viewer to be taken into a world they may not have imagined before, enabling them to engage with new elements of the human psyche and imagery.
Sharon Fleming is a Waterford based artist working mainly in ceramics, print and painting.
She is inspired by the fluid patterns and textures found in nature and in everyday items, as well as the strong forms and geometric lines of cityscapes.
Her porcelain work is characterised by simple forms imprinted with delicate images and markings. She uses her own glazes and glass fragments for decorating.
She also paints and makes art combining Japanese woodblock carving, screen printing techniques and mark making, freely working with any medium or material that inspires.
Denise McAuliffe Hutchinson has an honours degree in visual art from WIT and masters degree in fine art painting from (NCAD) Dublin. She has attended summer school at the Royal Academy Of Art, Florence, The Slade Art College London and Crawford Cork. She is a mature artist who is in full command of her painting and works full time from her studio at garter lane. Denise has gone global with her exhibitions and sales, with works landing in Europe, USA and India. Denise uses her imagination and memory to produce some of her best pieces.
Marcella Meagher : Art has always played a major role in my life, winning the TESCO Arts Competition age 6 or 7, gave me a smile!
That has never gone away, my love for painting is a part of me, when I see something beautiful I have to reproduce it in paint. Putting down paint and making the shapes fit, each mark is like bringing the canvas and the moment to life.
Working as a graphic designer and business owner at Swift Print for over 20 years, my art had to take a back seat, until about 4 years ago, I was given the opportunity by Garter Lane to take a studio space in O’Connell Street and I have never looked back.
In my work you will see a love for animals, flowers and open spaces in the landscape. I love to paint people and when I become free of the everyday 9 to 5, I can paint full time and I feel I will be able to produce some of my best works.
You can say I am self taught, but I really believe Art is teaching me, I am only the brush holder, it has taken a lot of hard work and self criticism, to get to where I am now.
I have studied under Brian Smith (Florence Atelier) teacher Portraits, Nicholas Robinson, (The Human Form) Thomas Jefferson Kitts USA, landscape painter,
Coast Guard Art Life drawing on Wednesday nights, with John, fabulous teachers, working with the artists in studio, we are all a very creative bunch.
Miriam O Reilly is an artist living and working in Waterford City.
Rory van Dokkum is a freelance artist, writer and illustrator, recently graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology and currently working in Waterford City. Throughout his life he has been fascinated by the surreal, examining the many forms that it can take and how the presence of the strange influences the normal. His artwork focuses mainly on twisting the human form into something with both familiar and utterly alien aspects.