The Listening Hand
A shared passion for nature / four distinct artistic visions.
Featuring : Pat Fitzpatrick, Bridget Flannery, Rosemarie Langtry & Jock Nichol.
This exhibition brings together four artists and celebrates the variety of techniques and media used in response to their shared passion for nature. Though there may be recognisable elements in their work it goes beyond recording the appearance of a place, expressing a deep understanding of their subject gained through many years of interpretation and experimentation, where the act of making becomes integral to each artist’s expression and their idea of “landscape”.
Indeed, the process of making echoes the landscape itself. Pat Fitzpatrick states: “I’ve found that memory and landscape mirror the process of art as both are open to process, accident, chance and beauty”, aspects that lend themselves to the artists’ chosen medium of print.
Bridget Flannery talks of her painting as “...How I encounter and respond to the natural world, particularly the changing landscape of, shoreline, riverbank and bog.
These are shifting landscapes where water and land work with and against each other- building and erasing shape, colour and texture” She goes on to talk of her process. “Shaping a space, shaping a surface from the moment that sparks a reaction through to the resolved piece, it is the in-between states that interest me- the physical making of the work, the layering of paint and paper, colour and texture which make a shape, an edge, a surface, a plane of light, an unexpected tension. The ebb and flow of work.”
Rosemarie Langtry’s work is rooted in her rural upbringing “…Digging, weeding, turning, saving, collecting, my hands on contact and connection with land and nature.” She uses very similar language when describing her process: “I love textures, layers, digging, burying and the process of using my hands. Inspired and influenced by found rusty items with a history, works made by nature, cardboard the landscape and materials around me.”
Jock Nichol’s work is a sensory response to place. Repeatedly returning to the same location over long periods of time, painting, sketching and observing the seasonal changes, as well as that which remains constant, in an attempt to understand the character of the bog. These are not paintings of a particular moment, but the culmination of many months’ study and reflection.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bridget has been a practicing as a visual artist since she graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 1981.
Her work is mainly focused on painting and drawing. She has consistently exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and Europe and her work is held in public and private collections. She is represented by Solomon Fine Art, Dublin.
She works as a Part-Time Learning Curator at VISUAL, Carlow and as a visiting tutor at Abbeyleix College of Further Education, ArtForm, Dunmore East, and numerous Plein Aire painting events throughout the country.
Born 1962 in Scotland.
Jock attended Edinburgh College of Art gaining B.A. (Hons.) and Post Graduate Diploma with distinction.
Since moving to Ireland in 1991 Jock has exhibited widely, he also has been the recipient of several awards and residencies and has work in public and private collections.
Rosemarie is a contemporary visual artist.
She graduated in Fine Art in 2014 from GMIT and is inspired by nature, found objects and the Irish landscape.
In 2015 Rosemarie received a residency at Cill Rialaig, Co Kerry followed by a scholarship to attend the 10th (2016) and 13th (2019) International Encaustic conferences in Provincetown, Mass, USA.
She was subsequently invited to exhibit at the prestigious 2019 Webster Art fair in St Louis and in 2018 was awarded a two-week Encaustic Residency, Encaustic Castle AIR Kentucky.
Pat studied Print in Limerick School of Art and Design so my artwork practice involves drawing, print and photography.
he's always found that memory and landscape mirrors the process of art as both are open to process, accident, chance, and beauty.
Nature is his inspiration. he says "in my quest to understand our life on this beautiful earth, art is a doorway in helping me to open nature and memory; for showing the infinite richness and inexhaustible deposit of experience of our entwining lives on earth"