I have a folder on my desktop where I collect images that interest me – like a scrap book in the old days… Today I want to show you just ten of these images, I really like them all – see what you think.
The first is by Stuart Shils, an American artist who uses monotypes. Have a look at his video on youtube, it’s really interesting how he works. http://stuartshils.com/
The next is a Scottish artist who died in 1963, Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley. She is most renowned for her paintings around Catterline, a small fishing village in Aberdeenshire.
Nuala Clarke is an Irish artist who works between Co. Mayo in Ireland and New York in the USA. Lovely paintings sort of half way between abstract and figurative. http://nualaclarke.com/
Awe, what can I say about the paintings of Tom Climent – his use of colour is just divine. Wouldn’t you agree? http://tomcliment.com/
Christopher Volpe graduated with a degree in Poetry before taking up painting professionally. He has a really interesting blog which talks about artists he likes.
Michael McSwiney is an artist from Cork who makes large impressive paintings. They really have to be seen in the flesh, I reckon but there’s plenty to see on his website at http://michaelmcswiney.ie/
Another artist whose work really must be seen to be truly appreciated, this the American artist Rebecca Crowell. She uses a special ‘cold wax’ painting technique and is a fellow of the Ballinglen foundation in Co. Mayo.
As you can see, all of the artists I like work in a semi-abstract way and their use of colour is very important in the work, none more so than Lisa Pressman, a lovely expressive painter. http://lisapressman.blogspot.ie/
The abstract painter Terry Greene also has a great blog called “Just Another Painter” which has daily quotes from all sorts of artists. It’s very interesting to read about how other artists think.
The Welsh artist, Hanneke van Ryswyk is represented by the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Her small delicate paintings are explorations of the effect of climate change on the earth. See more of her work at
Now, I know I said ‘Ten really good artists’ but I just had to include one more. My number 11 is Eimear Murphy, a recent graduate from NCAD with a unique take on making art. This piece is entitled “Certain” and it’s made with poured concrete and wood! I really liked her installation at the degree show this year.
So that’s all I have for you today. Which was your favourite? Let me know what you think here. And if you’re wondering, you can see my own work at: