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2019 Artists

Artists

Alice Austin

Alice Austin is a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist. Alice has been awarded several artist residencies in Europe, and her work is widely held in private, public and special collections worldwide. amaustin.com

Cynthia Back

Back is a printmaker and painter who has received numerous awards and honors. Her work is included in collections such as The Library of Congress, NY Public Library, Newark Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, & NY Historical Society. cynthiaback.com

David Brewster

Brewster has an MFA from UPenn and has received many awards. He was invited to paint, lecture, and exhibit throughout Europe, Asia, and the US. He is represented by Chase Young Gallery, Gross McCleaf Gallery, & C. Grimaldis Gallery. davidbrewsterfineart.com

 

Breda Burns

Burns lives and works in Mayo and has exhibited in Ireland and Germany. She also presented and produced ‘The Arts Show’ on Westport Radio She is Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Custom House Studios, Westport, Mayo. bredaburns.com

 

Joan Wadleigh Curran

Joan Wadleigh Curran has a long and decorated career with over 25 solo exhibitions, numerous group shows, whose work appears in many private collections and has vast experience in lecturing, including the School of Design, UPenn. joanwadleighcurran.com

Mags Duffy

Duffy, is a landscape artist based in Mayo. She graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design. She has exhibited across Ireland and is currently commissioned to produce a series of paintings in Westport, Mayo. youtube.com/watch?v=d91GmDPe84U  

 

Jonathan Eckel

Jonathan Eckel received a BFA from Tyler School of Art. He spent three months as an artist in residence at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Co. Mayo. Eckel’s work is included in many public​ and private collections including the Woodmere Art Museum and the Ballinglen Contemporary Museum of Art in County Mayo.  jonathaneckel.com

Phill Foley

Phill Foley is based in the west of Ireland and creates drawings of natural spaces with a focus on weather, atmosphere, geologic time and natural scale. He has exhibited in Ireland and overseas including the annual RHA exhibition. philfoleyart.com

Pauline Garavan

Garavan has been a artist with Trinity Gallery, Dublin, since 2010. She has staged 6 solo shows and has exhibited in open group exhibitions. Her work has been shown in a selection of the venues including RHA & RUA. trinitygallery.ie/artists/pauline-garavan-3/280

Phyl Guerin

Phyl Guerin is a native of Limerick, Ireland. She is heavily influenced by the maritime history of Limerick, which is reflected in her work. She has exhibited at the RHA and the RUA. She won the Curator’s Choice award at The Hunt Museum in 2016. phylguerin.com

Fiona Harrington

Harrington is an Irish fine artist who replaced her paint brushes with a needle & thread. She has received several awards including the Thomas Dammann Bursary, RDS Graduate Prize and Eleanor De La Branchardiere Award for lace design. fionaharrington.com

Sophie Longwill

Longwill is an Irish multi-disciplinary artist who uses humor and craft to explore the everyday. Her work has been selected for international & national exhibitions throughout the world. She serves on the board at Glass Society of Ireland. sophielongwill.ie

Jody McGrath

McGrath was born in Armagh and relocated to Phila. after completing a Bachelor of Fine & Applied Arts at University of Ulster. His work can be seen in the Phila. Mural Arts program and he has participated in exhibitions in SFMOMA. jodymcgrathart.com

Dermot McNevin​

McNevin graduated in Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology. He uses paint in a visceral and expressive way to explore the tensions felt in our inner and outer worlds. His work refers to the actual landscape and imagined landscape. dermotmcnevin.com

Tom Meskell

Tom Meskell is based in Co Mayo. His practice includes painting, environmental sculpture, and lantern sculpture. He has exhibited his work throughout Ireland and is a member of the street puppet makers Macnas. tommeskell.com

Deirdre Murphy

Murphy is based in PA. Her work can be seen at Philadelphia Airport, UPenn, along with many public collections. She has had numerous solo shows and participated in group exhibitions. She has won over ten awards and is widely published. deirdremurphyart.com

Seamus O'Byrne

O'Byrne is primarily self-taught. He has won awards and exhibited widely in Ireland and overseas, including exhibitions with the RHA the RSA in Scotland and Abu Dhabi. He recently won the prestigious RHA Hanley Energy Award for best landscape. seamusobyrne.com

Tracy Sweeney

Tracy Sweeney lives and works in Co. Mayo. She has won many awards and exhibited both in Ireland and internationally. Her work is represented in the Great Hunger Museum in Connecticut. tracysweeney.com

Sara Roberts

Roberts graduated with a degree in Visual Communicationsfrom the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She undertook a City and Guilds one year course in Ceramics and was subsequently awarded a bursary at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, Cork, Ireland. sramics.net

Ron Rumford

Ron Rumford is based in PA. His career is decorated with numerous solo exhibitions and awards. His work is in many public collections including Philadelphia Museum of Art and US State Department, Art Bank, Washington, DC. ronrumford.com

Dee Walsh

Walsh has exhibited her work in Ireland and internationally and is based in Mayo. She was awarded the RC Lewis Crosby award for painting and has been shortlisted for the European Investment Bank Artistic Development fund. saatchiart.com/account/profile/1174489

Fashion Creatives 

 

Bernie Murphy

Bernie Murphy is a textile artist based in Donegal, Ireland. She holds a BA in Fine Art as well as training in pattern making and spatial design. Her designs are influenced by the raw beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way. berniemurphy.com

Clare O'Connor

O'Connor holds a BA in Visual Arts Practice. She worked an artist assistant to Thomas Kilpper & Anselm Reyle during the Venice Biennale. She developed her art studio practice and began her brand of wearable art.  clareoconnor.net

Taylor Yates

Taylor Yates is a company based out of Northern Ireland. Karen Yates, owner of the company, designs beautifully crafted bags that are made in the UK using materials produced from environmentally sustainable practices. tayloryates.com

Rita White

Rita White is an Irish Artist, Illustrator, and Textile Print Designer. Rita won the Accessories Category of the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards in 2019. Rita is best known for her hand drawings of Birds, Butterflies, and Abstract drawings. rita-white.myshopify.com

Jewelry Makers 

 

Mary Enright

Enright, an Irish Jewelry Designer and Master Goldsmith, who is currently based out of NYC, works on mainly bespoke jewelry for private clients. Her work has been widely showcased in the media and shown alongside international designers. maryenright.com

Hannah McGuinness

McGuinness is a jewelry designer who produces contemporary one-off pieces in Donegal. She is a founder member, Chairperson & Creative director of the Donegal Designer Makers.

donegaldesignermakers.com/?portfolio=hannah-mcguinness-jewellery

Bette Conway

Bette Conway is a local jeweler with a passion for environmental geology and her Celtic heritage. She hand selects each stone used in her work, and regularly attend the Tucson Rock and Gem Show for the best quality gemstones. betteconway.com

Martina Hamilton

Hamilton’s studio is located in Sligo. Her designs are inspired by her surroundings, the Atlantic coastline. She runs The Hamilton Gallery with a team of Master Goldsmiths. They have created a variety of award-winning jewelry collections. martinahamilton.ie

Knitwear Designers

 

Mi Chelle

Chelle handcrafts every item at her studio in Donegal using the finest natural yarns, particularly lambswool, merino & cashmere. Her signature style uses a distinctive and striking color palette, taking inspiration from an eclectic mix of influences. mi-chelle.ie

Edel MacBride

Edel MacBride is a Donegal family business who works with Irish traditional craft. They hand knit, handloom and crochet luxurious and wholesome sweaters, cardigans, wraps and knitted hats from locally spun wools and merino wools. edelmacbride.com

Linda Wilson

Linda Wilson is based out of Limerick, Ireland. Linda uses silk and cashmere blends alongside 100% merino lambswool to create uniquely individual, beautiful and wearable garments with matching accessories. lindawilsonknitwear.com

Photographers

Mike Brown

Brown, an award winning photographer based in Cork, has had his work featured in newspapers, magazines, books, and calendars worldwide. He has shot press images for Reuters news and Provision photo agency.  mikebrownphotography.com

Phyl Guerin 

Phyl Guerin is a native of East Limerick. She is heavily influenced by the maritime history of Limerick. She has exhibited at the RHA and RUA. She won the Curator's Choice Award at the Hunt Museum in 2016. phylguerin.com

David Lunney

Lunney is an emerging visual artist based in Dublin. His practice is process-led, in the making of any given work he uses a wide variety of materials and media. He is currently working in Talbot Studios in Dublin.  davidlunney.com

Wood Workers 

 

Danny Conway 

Danny Conway’s furniture is all custom built and unique in design. They are statement pieces for the home. All of his work is created out of wood and finished to the highest level. Danny is based in Pennsylvania. 

Mike Drennan

Mike Drennan, a Cork man who lives in Pennsylvania, and creates stand out pieces out of wood that would look beautiful in any home. Most of Mike’s work is functional and is designed to be used in the kitchen.