From his studio in New York City, Roy Lichtenstein did cartoon inspired paintings that helped launch the Pop Art movement. He was unique in that he developed a new visual language in an avant-garde style that was disruptive to viewers and yet was accessible and popular with them. He also did innovative art work that incorporated many late 20th-century movements and addressed a number of social issues. His thirty-five year career of public recognition was celebrated in 1993-94 by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York with a large scale retrospective of his work. He was born in Manhattan and went to high school there. By age 14, he was taking art classes at the Parsons School of Design and also studied briefly with Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League in 1939. He then attended Ohio State University where his major influence was Hoyt Sherman, whose figure-ground relationships inspired Lichtenstein's treatment of cliche subjects. In 1943, he was drafted into the Army and served in Europe and then returned to Ohio State, completing his BFA and MFA and then teaching at that campus. From Cleveland, Ohio, he made frequent trips to New York and started to exhibit there in 1949. In the 1950s, he used various techniques of Abstract Expressionism, did figurative work, and like many of his generation, began employing pop art images. But he was searching for a style. In 1957, he left Cleveland to teach at New York University in Oswego, New York, and in 1961, he began teaching at Rudgers University, where one of his colleagues, Allan Kaprow, used cartoon figures. Through Kaprow, he met many renegade New York artists including Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine; it was a circuitous return to the New York from where he had a long journey. In 1962, he had a landmark exhibition at the Castelli Gallery that showed enlarged depictions of advertisements and comic strip images. In fact, it was gallery owner Leo Castelli who, as a major promoter of the contemporary art scene, was a key person in launching his career. Although Lichtenstein's pop paintings had widespread popular acceptance, he began in 1965 to do Abstract Expressionism, but in contrast to others in that style, he did work that was hard and static. In the 1990s, he did large-scale abstract interiors, and he also worked in ceramics and enamelled steel. Throughout his career, he appeared in many documentary films and did posters for entertainments including Bill Clinton's United States presidential campaign. Lichtenstein's murals are in Dusseldorf, Germany; Tel Aviv, Israel; and New York City. He died unexpectedly on September 29, 1997, from virul pneumonia, having worked until the time of his death.
Paul Joyce the great grandnephew of renowned author James Joyce , is an artist specializing in a number of styles , form the high abstract to the highly representational.An artsit who follwed the time honoured precendent of touring Europe to draw the old masters after completing his formal education, Paul is now bringing his work from his homeland of Ireland to the American audience. Recently Paul has produced a series of eight oil paintings and eighteen etchings based upon his visual exploration of James Joyce Ulysses."To develop the right visuals from which I created a series of oil paintings, I perused old photographs,period newspapers ,contempory maps and many old jouranals to recreate the characters as accurately as possible,"says Joyce. These paintings came as a result of a commission that I recieved from the James Joyce centre in Dublin, this commission was my first experience in closely examining and detailing the wanderings of leopold Bloom in Ulysses." The paintings were first exhibited in New York in 1998. Born in Dublin in 1970, Paul graduated from National College of Art and Design with a B.A in Fine Art.He recieved his first comission in 1993 when he created a mural based upon their collection for the National Gallery in Dublin.In 1994 Paul completed a mural for the National Museum of Ireland.. From 1994to 1995 copied over forty old master paintings for Kinnitty Castle, a restored 17th Century castle in Ireland. Currently Paul resides in Yonkers , New York. To date his artwork is included in the collections of the President and the Prime Minister of Ireland as well as various public collections in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea and South America.
Born in Belfast in 1965 Bradley has been pursuing his dream of becoming an artist from his youth. He started to paint full-time in the mid 90’s, focusing his eye on strong confident women, a subject matter he continues to find compelling and inspiring. Many of these women are taken from the modelling and fashion world which Terry mixed in during his early years in Dublin and this gives him a unique place in Irish Modern Art. Through the years his work has continue to evolve and he captures the surroundings of an evening out or a model pose beautifully. The work is sharp and creative and the painter’s ability to deliver canvasses of true quality is a testament to his talent. Terry does not rest on his laurels, he is a risk taker who delivers work of profound beauty and captures the character of his subjects with subtlety and respect, but without losing their reality. Terry’s work is held in many private collections both in Ireland and abroad and this series will bring this emerging talent many new fans and admirers. An artist only develops by learning and watching what goes on around him and the passage of time shows that Terry is not only a good student but also a very keen observer. The future holds no fear for a person of vision and certainly Terry Bradley has this in abundance. Despite being established for many years now Terry himself feels he is just starting out and his work is going from strength to strength.
urban: characteristic of city life,the word gradually emerged in this sense as urbane became restricted to manners and styles of expression. art the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
Carole Baker ARBSA was born in 1965 in Lichfield, Staffordshire. She works as a Graphic Designer and professional artist from her studio in Chase Terrace, Staffordshire and has run her own business in design and marketing since 1990 - Solitaire Design. She attended Matthew Boulton College and later studied at Lichfield School of Art. Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Carole regularly exhibits there and in gallery shows and open exhibitions throughout the UK. In September 2004, she was selected as finalist in the ‘New Artist’ competition and her work showcased at the Autumn Fair at the NEC, Birmingham. As a result, a selection of her work has been produced as limited edition prints which can be found widely in galleries. Inspired by the landscape, bold, vibrant colour and texture fascinate her and she strives to create exciting and evocative paintings. She paints in acrylics, watercolour and mixed media. Always looking for new ways to work, Carole believes this is a great cure for boredom and allows her to be more expressive. She sees the use of sketches and photographs taken on location as a starting point only... tending to paint the way she feels about the subject as opposed to copying literally, giving her the chance to put her personal stamp on the subject. For Carole painting comes from the heart and it is something she is highly passionate about. www.carolebaker.com
Alan is a full-time artist living in the beautiful border country of Herefordshire and Powys. He was born in 1952. After five years of study at Swansea and Coventry (Lanchester) Art Colleges, he graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Painting) and embarked on a career as an illustrator in publishing. His professional painting career has since focussed on realist landscape painting. He has recently extended his style to encompass a more "colourist" approach. The basis of his inspiration remains largely his love of light, colour and atmosphere in landscape. Having formerly spent many years living near the coast, he regularly returns to this subject matter.
Didier Lourenco was born in 1968 in Premia del Mar, Barcelona. At the age of 19 he began to work in his father's print studio, where he learned the art of lithography. He began to paint on paper and canvas, taking over a small corner of the studio. In 1988 he had his first solo exhibition at Vilassar de Dalt, and printed his first lithographic edition. He dedicated himself solely to painting in the corner of his father's studio, where he had created his own mini-studio. The corner was open to various visiting artists. Not only was the gaze of the artists directed towards Lourenco's works, but Lourenco's gaze was directed at the works of these visiting artists. This would be his education in the world of painting. Lourenco was awarded Second Prize at the XXXIII Premio de Pintura Joven de la Sala Pares de Barcelona. He also participated in some group shows in Barcelona and Valencia. In 1992 Lourenco won the Premios Talentos of the XXXIV Premio de Pintura Joven de la Sala Pares de Barcelona. He had his first solo show at the Galeria Art Dama de Calafell. He also participated in numerous group shows. In addition, he had solo exhibitions at the Vayreda de Barcelona, Gasto Sala d'Art de Terrassa, Sala Rebull de Reus, Galeria Susany de Vic and at the Minerva Galeria d'Art de Mataro. In 1995, Lourenco left his corner in his father's studio and moved into his own studio in Premia del Mar, Barcelona. His solo shows continued, and in-between the studio and the shows, he traveled with his friends and painters Moscardo and Praga to the north of Italy. His days are full of travel and exhibitions. His solo and collective shows continue, and he travels to Paris, Lisbon and New York, where he continually gains inspiration for more of his glorious oil paintings.
Graham Knuttel was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1954, of German and English parentage. Initially renowned for his large wooden mechanical animated sculptures, Knuttel has more recently emerged as a painter with a rapidly growing international reputation. He is represented in many important collections in Europe and the USA as well as many public collections in Ireland. His lifestyle could be considered eccentric and in recent years he has become reclusive and attaches great importance to his private life.
After recently being short-listed for the Irish Art Awards Leonie Mc Meel’s hard work and dedication to her art practice is beginning to pay off. Leonie like her paintings has had a colourful relationship with art since beginning her training in Limerick School of Art and Design in 1998. Leaving there in 2001 with a Diploma Leonie had her first Solo exhibition in 2002 for the Limerick County Council in Dooradolye Library titled ‘Organized Caos’. The show sold extremely well and this in turn lead the way for Leonie to market her self as an artist to watch. Since then Leonie has had established a loyal corporate and private client base, with prominent pieces in Azur, Café & Brasserie, Limerick and works on display in CARA Housing and other buildings around Limerick City. Leonie has also donated paintings for charity auction- The Irish Chamber Orchestra Masked Ball ‘06, The Valentines Masquerade Ball ‘07 in aid of the Oncology Unit in The Regional hospital Limerick and The Bank of Scotland Golf Classic in Carton House ’07in aid of the Injured Irish rugby players For the past three years Leonie’s focus has been on developing her practice as a professional artist. In 2006 Leonie returned to the Limerick School of Art and Design and recently graduated with an honors Degree in Fine Art Painting. 2007 proved to be a busy year for Leonie, as along with her Degree show Spectrum, The Drawing Awards, group show and writing her thesis, she had her second and third solo exhibitions. Sphere of Influence in Think Creative Gallery, Limerick and Progress in motion, St.Michaels, New Ross in May. Leonie also took part in Art Ireland Spring Fair in the RDS in March 2007 and will also can be seen there in the upcoming November show. Most recently a piece from her Degree show was on display in Ruby Lane |Gallery as part of the group show TOSNU. Since graduating from LSAD Leonie has moved to Dublin to further her career and is currently residing in Monster Truck Gallery & Studio’s in Francis Street, Dublin.
Nick Munier is well known as the former manager of Marco Pierre White's Belvedere restaurant and stepped into the limelight as maitre d' of ITV's Hell's Kitchen. Nick was born in England but now spends his days as an Irish resident working both with his paintings and his love of food.He has most recently been involved with the well known tv series Hell's Kitchen.At an early age art & design took his interest and has been experimenting with styles ever since in order to develope himself as an artist.Nick has worked in many different types of media including acrylic , watercolour,enamel and oil over the years. Nick's paintings are purely abstract ," I don't like to dictate a piece , I much rather let it develope." In his paintings Nick creates hidden depths which require the viewer to engage in a second and even closer look . This is created through Nick's method of paint application letting the colour and strokes flow beneath the aesthetic surface .
Pamela Palmer grew up and was educated in the United States. After traveling the world, she founded a high end design studio in San Francisco in the 70's, and was recognized by such publications as Architectural Digest as one of the leading innovators in the field of decorative arts in America. She is a fine artist who works primarily in oil on wood panel...she delights in presenting whimsical ideas within the constructs of serious classical style... She is enraptured by color, the infinitely varied patterns of flowers, the fantasy of light in the forest, the mysterious world of small animals; she is a master of portrait painting. Pamela is also the illustrator of magical childrens' picture books for Random House Publishers, N.Y. She met and married Irish artist Patrick Palmer in California 26 years ago, and has recently returned with him to Ireland to paint the beautiful flora and fauna here. Pamela has designed and painted murals , backdrops, portraits, fantasy furniture, ceramics and fabrics for an exceptional private and corporate clientele.
Patrick Palmer was born and raised in Co. Waterford, Ireland. He studied at the College of Art in Dublin in the 70’s and worked for many years in the field of advertising and design, both in Dublin and San Francisco, California. He has travelled and painted extensively all over the planet, and has learned that there is no place like home for beauty and the everchanging movement of clouds and light. He is primarily a sea and landscape painter at heart, yet is intrigued by smaller realities as well; since Light and Color are his perpetual fascination, he inevitably finds joy playing with those elements in still-life, figurative and floral painting. Patrick works in oil and in recent times, has found painting on the organic surface of wood panel to be very appealing. He lives and paints in the small fishing village of Dunabrattin in Co.Waterford, Ireland, with his artist wife Pamela , where their studio overlooks the vast and everchangeable sea.
McMurry treats every square inch of canvas as an individual abstract painting, creating an overall effect both layered and symmetrical. Alive with energy and dynamic perspectives, her paintings change the way we view landscapes. We are invited into a natural world in which vast open spaces and balanced colors offer harmony and a sense of freedom. McMurry’s technique and style are intimately tied to a West Texas childhood of classical music and science training. The study of violin influences her varied, impressionistic brushwork.