Currently in the Blue House Gallery in Schull, Co. Cork there is a group exhibition - I have a few works showing here featuring The Gearagh. The Gearagh is an area near Macroom, Co. Cork that was flooded in 1954 to facilitate the building of two hydro-electric dams. It was densely populated with ancient oak trees and the last surviving full oak forest in western Europe. Hundreds of trees were felled and many people were relocated. Many of the trees were centuries old and had grown since the medieval period. Today only their stumps survive, in flood land, giving the area a ghostly and almost lunar appearance.
At the moment in the O’Driscoll Building, Skibbereen, Co. Cork I have work showing in the exhibition entitled ‘Under Shelter’. Each of us selected exhibited work we believed fell under the title Under Shelter. Below is the Statement I submitted with my works.
‘Lights in a window, smoke from a chimney, lives lived, warmth, family - and time passes.
this body of work explores the almost identical houses dotted on the long narrow low lying island off the coast of Schull in West Cork - Long Island (Inis Fada). Many generations have begun their lives in this beautiful place. At the turn of the 19th century it was home to 300 people - now closer to 8 live here permanently. Derelict houses with layers of colourful peeling paint on doorways, windows and the remnants of furniture lay testament to the memories locked in this land. A feeling for family, time and place abounds with natural fauna covering pathways echoing footsteps of a bygone era.
In my work colour evokes these lives lived, as well as the land itself - the dark velvet nights where the stars light up the sky and the everyday light bouncing off sea and land.’
Exhibition continues until 16th September, 2018
Geoff Greenham curated a photographic based exhibition, opening on 8th June. Geoff contacted me as he had seen some of my previous work where I print on the japanese tissue, Gampi and integrate these images with my oil painting. I am delighted to be showing The Bather series, four works with old black and white imagery of bathers at a beach in 1958.
As a fringe event for the Fastnet Film Festival I spent 5 days out on Long Island, West Cork exhibiting my 'Long Island' body of work, from Wednesday the 23rd to Sunday 28th May. Not a hardship really as this is a stunning Island, especially as the weather over the 5 days was beautiful. I was delighted to exhibit much of my work outdoors.
'Where the heart is - Long Island' installed on the gable end of the old Whooley cottage on Long Island.
Other than my painting I also practice Monoprints through screenprinting. Above is an example which was exhibited at the Cork Printmakers Christmas Exhibition, in the Wandesford Quay, Cork, a couple of years ago. At the time I was using the playful image of lollipop trees, painting the image using vibrant screen dyes.
To get my art-fix over the Christmas I called in to see Tom Climents new Exhibition 'Future Light' at the Sternview Gallery, Cork. What a treat! It has been extended until 11th February - well worth a visit.
Helen has been busy in the Wandesford Quay Printmaking Studios preparing a new series of mono prints for Cork Printmakers Show. The exhibition entitled 'Dazzle' is opening this coming Friday 9th December and is running daily until the 18th December.
The Affordable Art Christmas Show officially opened upstairs at Organico Cafe in Bantry last Friday. Helen O'Keeffe is joined by fellow artists Aine Florence, Alice Van Galen, Felix Power, Gordon Moxley, Sonia Bidwell and Tom Weld, who have all submitted paintings or prints which are priced at €300 or under.
Helen O'Keeffe with curator Catherine Weld and other participating artists, prior to the official launch of the Chistmas Show.
Organico Cafe, Bantry is open from Monday to Saturday 9 - 6pm and the exhibition continues until Christmas.
On Friday 25th November there will be an opening reception at Organico, Bantry for their annual Christmas exhibition from 5.30 to 7.30. I am delighted to be part of this exhibition along with Felix Power, Gordon Moxley, Aine Florence, Tom Weld, Alice van Galen and Sonia Bidlwell.
'Two of a kind; from Sea to Sky', a joint show featuring new work by Fiona Power and Cormac O'Leary, opened on Friday evening at the Aisling Gallery in Ballydehob. Fiona is a previous member of Backwater Studios, where I now have my studio. She now lives in West Cork. Cormac and Fiona met in Art College and have been friends for many years. Here they had a joint Exhibition showcasing some of their lovely work.
Really enjoyed the Exhibition. Cormac and Fiona's lovely seascapes - both painted from different perspectives and palettes. Well worth seeing!
The Aisling Gallery is above Rosie's Bar in Ballydehob and is open; Mon - Fri: 4pm - 9pm
Sat: 2pm - 9pm
Sun: 2pm - 9pm
Or by appointment.
A lovely night was had by myself, family, friends at the opening of my Exhibition at the Blue House Gallery in Schull. These works were focusing on the sea and its surrounds - looking upwards through the sails, the beacon in Baltimore, heading home to Kilcoe and Resting in Schull Harbour! If you get to see the show - Enjoy!!
The Blue House Gallery is open 11am - 6pm daily and the show continues until Wednesday 10th August.
Maritime themed exhibition of new work by Helen O'Keeffe, Catherine Weld and James McCarthy opens this Friday at the Blue House Gallery in Schull, West Cork.
Great opening at the beginning of Calves Week in Schull. Village full of sailing enthusiasts! Lovely abstract paintings by Catherine and stunning sculptures by James. Had a steady flow of art lovers over the ten days that the Exhibition was on.
The Annual Members Exhibition opened on Friday 3rd June, 2016. This annual members exhibition (now in its second year in the lovely space that is 'Uillinn') showcases works from all over West Cork.
Very happy with the hanging of my one piece ' Where the heart is - Long Island' as shown here on the right as you entered Exhibition.
As usual an amazing selection of work from all over West Cork.