Kildare based portrait artist, Breda Kenny, has been honing her skills in this area for the past five years. Originally a graphic designer, Breda has blended her design skills with her ability to capture the essence of her subject.
Breda’s meticulous eye for detail translates effortlessly to paper. She reveals the story in faces and the spirit in the eyes. Her work ranges from iconic celebs to the unknown individual, but they all have a common trait, each subject has an intensity and emotion in every detail.
Jurga, from Kaunas, Lithuania is from a family of artists. Training in landscape design, she saw things from the ground up and life itself would become a focal point in her artistry.
Rebekah was born in Barcelona in 1992 and raised in Donegal. Having grown up in a family that devoted their lives to the arts, she has always been absorbed by creativity.
Reza Macdougald, born in 1967 has been a full-time artist for over 25 years. He is a multi-disciplined artist having worked in many mediums but specialising at present in oils.
Born in Brighton, Trudie has lived in Ireland since 1992. She has exhibited regularly in Ireland since 1998 and is represented in many public and corporate collections and in private collections in the UK, USA, France, Spain, Denmark and New Zealand.
Ann comes from an illustration and graphic design background. She is an honours graduate of TU Dublin in Visual Communications.
A regular contributor to the Irish Times, her work was much in demand in the cut-throat world of advertising where she was widely regarded as one of the top illustrators in the country particularly in the notoriously difficult area of equine art.
Isobel Egan is a ceramic artist living and working in Ireland. Isobel graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Arts, Design, Ceramics from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award from the Royal Dublin Society in 1999, the Golden Fleece Award (merit) in 2006 and the Visual Art Bursary Award, Kildare County Council 2014.
Niamh King is an Irish artist living in Kildare. Niamh graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2017 with joint honours in Painting and Visual Culture. In the years following She has continually developed her artistic practice whilst pursuing further education. Niamh’s work comprises of skillfully crafted paintings in acrylic and oil, these works are created through a process of deconstruction, layering and reconstruction. Taking inspiration and reference from visual imagery of gardens, architecture, and classical artworks.
Lisa paints from her studio in Celbridge, Co. Kildare using bold blocks of vibrant colour and thick black lines to help accentuate shape and form. Having recently launched the ‘Snapshot’ series with ‘Snapshots of Dublin’ (launched at Art Source RDS 2019), she spends much of her time photographing and sketching the known and lesser-known sights of the city in order to capture new panels for the ‘snapshot’ series.
The Snapshots series attempts to look at our built environment through a new lens and depict the familiar places around us in the way we actually view these places from day-to-day. This can almost be described as an instagram-style approach to viewing the city where we capture the world around us through a series of ‘snapshots’.
To achieve the poster-style effect of these paintings she uses highly pigmented fluid acrylic paint and strong lines and colours. This series lends itself well to commissions whereby clients choose various sights around their city or local environment which are significant to them. This can often result in a final piece which incorporates ‘snapshots’ from different cities and even countries.
Deirdre Groves, contemporary artist and sculpture based in Kildare. Bold, vibrant and expressive are words which been used to describe her creations.
The captivating abstract portraits create a statement feature in any room. Her passion for creating spills over to up cycling and making sculptures from wire and scrap metals. Her 6f5 Easter Island Head made from chicken wire featured in the main arena of Electric Picnic 2022.
Zita McGarry Kelly
A self taught artist inspired by memories of a life lived elsewhere. “Fish from my angler father, houses from Switzerland, and flowers for their romantic drama.”
Born in Longford, McGarry Kelly is an entirely self-taught artist. Painting in a loose impasto style using acrylics, oils and mixed media, she often works in fits and starts, late at night or before morning. Yet, her attention to detail remains impressive. Not only are many of her compositions very carefully planned, but her use of texture and shape is exemplary. For a self-taught painter, this is extraordinary.