A Brief Introduction
The tutors for the ‘En Plein Air’ event are three exceptional and experienced artists, Bridget Flannery, Geraldine O’Reilly and Jock Nichol. Bridget and Jock tutored at last year’s event, and we are really looking forward to welcoming them both back, and welcoming our new tutor Geraldine for the first time.
Since 1995 Bridget Flannery has taken part in, and led many Plein-Air sessions in Latvia and Northern Ireland. As a facilitator at VISUAL, Carlow she delivers painting and drawing workshops to a large number of groups as well as the Leaving Certificate Galleries Tour workshop.
For the festival En Plein Air, Bridget will concentrate on water based materials using acrylic and water-colour techniques to explore the landscape.
Jock Nichol, a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, has facilitated Plein Air workshops in Wexford, Laois, Dublin and Cork. Growing up in the shadow of the Cheviot Hills in Scotland, gave him an early fascination with the landscape.
Since moving to the Irish Midlands in 1991, the open spaces of the bog and forests of the Slieve Bloom Mountains have become his inspiration.
‘My paintings are a direct response to the landscape as experienced as opposed to being viewed through a secondary image or screen. They are reflections on experiences and observations of the Irish countryside.’
Geraldine O’Reilly, Visual Artist and Printmaker. She is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to New York in 1989 to research Irish emigration to America for her exhibition ‘Journal‘. She has had many solo exhibitions and shown in selected group exhibitions throughout Ireland, America, Australia, France, Belgium, Sweden, England and Poland. A former board member of Graphic Studio Dublin and elected chairperson in 2008. In 2004 she was elected to Aosdana for her contribution to the arts in Ireland. In 2007, O’Reilly was short listed for the Golden Fleece Award.
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