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Exhibition: On The Pigs Back Cafe, Cork T12 E952

on the pigs back invite

“Begin Again”

is a group show 

Eileen Healy, Sinéad Ni Chionaola, Donncadh O Callaghan and Martha Cashman

“On the Pigs Back” November 5th 2021

Exhibition to be opened by Elmarie Mawe with music by Eileen Healy, Edel Sullivan and Ruti Lachs.

Eileen Healy
Eileen is a painter and musician living in Cork. She has taken part in many residencies in Ireland including Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Burren Art Centre and Cillriallig. In 2010 she was invited to be an artist in residence at the prestigious Art Student’s League, New York. In 2007 she was commissioned to do a portrait of Cork playwright and novelist Conal Creedon for the Crawford Gallery series of Irish writers by Irish artists.
Drawing, painting from life is what keeps my work alive. I am fascinated by the effect of light on the figure, landscape and all forms of nature. How it influences tone, colour and texture on my chosen subjects. My practice involves working from a model or a still life in my studio or out in the elements.

Sinéad Ni Chionaola
Sinead holds an Honours Diploma in Art & Design from the National College of Art & Design (1998), a Foundation in Art Therapy Certificate (1997), and Distinction NDFA Painting/Printmaking (1990) from Crawford College of Art & Design.
She has exhibited in America, Europe and Ireland since graduating and in 2019 she exhibited in the Lavit Gallery members show. In 2020/2021 has participated in many juried online and virtual exhibitions in London, Zurich and America. She has shown work in physical group exhibitions at in London and the “West Cork Creates” exhibition in Skibbereen 2021.  She has participated in many residencies including The Banff Centre of Excellence for the Arts, Canada in 2000 
I understand seeing the unseen requires being in the present and extols the virtues of simplicity in my landscapes. I observe and absorb the landscape. I paint directly onto the canvas as the sunsets. I sit in the woods, close my eyes, listen. I’m open to the ancestral spiritual energy of the land. I recreate my experience of a given place- the vitality and essence of the trees, the colour of the sky and the sea, fields and wildflowers. My painting style is unique to the very essence of who I am. I paint life and this resonates an emotional response for the observer.

Donncadh O’ Callaghan
Donncadh graduated with BA (Honours) in Fine Art from Sligo Institute of Technology in 2017. Currently living and working in Sligo Donncadh works in painting, drawing and printmaking.
We all have our own experiences of the world around us. Through our perceptions, life experience and state of mind, we process these experiences that govern who we become. Through my work, I examine my own experiences, impressions, and observations of where I have lived-Cork, Rotterdam and Sligo. Each place has shaped my sense of the world and its influence on me. In my work, I deconstruct a photographed image of urban scenes to construct another, enabling the viewer to interpret the feelings and emotions behind that work.

Martha Cashman
Sculptor and arts facilitator graduated from Crawford with BA Hons in Ceramic Design from MUT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2007. Her work is held in several collections in Turkey, Tunisia, Northern Cyprus, Latvia, and Romania.
My goal is to create unique, well-conceived individual sculptural objects. I am a hand builder working mainly in porcelain, my work is inspired by my local landscape and light. By using surface decoration and added found objects I hope to add interest and qualities that will enrich the viewer.