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Christine O'Brien

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Samhraidh (of summer)

Group exhibition, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre, 2nd - 27th June 2012

Samhraidh - exhibition opening

‘Samhraidh (of summer)’ is a collection of artwork by four artists based in the South East which runs for the month of June at the Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre.

Summer is a time freedom of spirit and fullness of being. Each artist references memories in their practice, drawing on personal experiences that are unique yet somehow familiar and accessible to the viewer.

Ambient producer miXile (Michael Shanahan) performed at the opening, which was officiated by Mr Joe Stokes, TCCC Board of Trustees.

Kathleen Delaney: Maps, dresses, pattern and architectural features are the elements found in Kathleen Delaney’s work. Her most recent pieces take inspiration from engagement with the museum. The featured dress is based on a series of photographs taken of the artist while dressing up in reproduction period costume at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Kathleen Delaney has a BA Degree (hons) from NCAD. She also holds a Masters in Arts and Heritage Management (hons). Delaney has exhibited in a number of invited and juried exhibitions in Ireland. Her most recent solo exhibition Soul Shrouds at the Berkeley Gallery (2010) was listed as one of the visual art highlights of the year in the Irish Times. Delaney’s work can be found in the collections of Wexford Co. Council, Bank of Ireland, The HSE, White’s Hotel, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Wexford Healing Arts Trust and private collections.

Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock: “The sources of inspiration for ‘Seascape Series I’ are primarily from the local coastline. I have spent much my childhood in the summer months near the Mediterranean Sea, and hours exploring its realm beneath as well. Recently I was captivated by the local rocky coastline and seascape. In this work I attempt to convey a personal perception of the life within the crevasses of these rocks in particular the floating kelp, algae, mussels, sea anemones etc. The colour, forms and rhythm of each composition conveying movement, mystery and inspire an emotional state in the viewer through abstract representation.”
Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock received a BFA (hons) and a MLA (hons). While working as a landscape architect she attended art academies part-time in New York and Philadelphia. She had her first exhibition at the Garter Lane Arts Centre and a solo exhibition in the Granary Gallery in 2010. In Autumn 2011 she was in a group exhibition at the Tramore Coastguard Centre, and in the Spring 2012, at Greenacre Gallery, Wexford. Milia is a member of 20ten.

Niall Bracken’s work has many strands, with the two main strands taking sharply contrasting visual forms. Although an established, professional portrait painter whose brush can capture something beyond just a mere likeness of his subject - an emotion, a characteristic, or a mood - much of Niall Bracken’s current work tends to veer towards the abstract, where he catches the fleeting, changing patterns in nature that result in paintings of real beauty.
Niall Bracken grew up in County Dublin and studied at NCAD and Dun Laoghaire IT. He was formerly the Manager of a large graphic design studio, and Managing Director of Ireland’s top Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations companies. In 1997 Niall moved his studio to Waterford where he works as a professional writer and artist. He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and his work is in collections in France, Spain, the UK, USA, and Ireland, including Waterford County Civic Offices collection, Waterford City Council Municipal Art Collection, and the HSE collection.

Chris O’Brien Shanahan’s recent work explores the harmonizing colours and patterns found in nature. The imagery is imbued with themes of renewal and growth. While her work is inspired by the natural habitats that she has studied, many of the vistas are re-imagined.Chris spends time each year at Brownstown Head and her views across Tramore Bay and the Backstrand are enriched with memories of summers by the sea.

Press Coverage My Waterford, June 2012: 1mb pdf

Kathleen Delaney, At The Museum
Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock No 99 11
Niall Bracken summer evening rendezvous
cobs World Tree 2012

At the Museum, Kathleen Delaney, 2012 | No 105 12, Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock, 2012 |
Summer Evening Rendezvous, Niall Bracken | World Tree, COBS, 2012

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