Sighting of a Pride of Lions in Harold’s Cross, Dublin

Phew, it’s just a bunch of 7 and 8 year olds making their block-ins, ahead of creating their Mastercopies of 19th Century realism art.  The painting’s are starting to look so real you would be forgiven for thinking these were real lions. 
The artists are studying the work of world famous artist Rosa Bonheur.  Rosa Bonheur was a french artist and her largest and most famous work can be seen in New York’s wonderful Met Museum. We do however have one of her paintings here in Ireland, a beautiful painting of a stag (the animal not the pre-wedding weekend away):  https://www.theartstory.org/artist-bonheur-rosa-life-and-legacy.htm

Before teaching at Art Academy this morning, I had a lovely morning of yoga with Sarah Shannon Yoga . You’ll see if you scroll down to the end of the post, that now Sarah Shannon Yoga seems to have some competitors who have copied her business model. 😄

They are planning a website for this venture at #Coderdojo

#enterpreneurartists #innovators #artcamp

 
#fineart #painting #arthistory #RosaBonheur #lions #Artcamp #Summercamp2019 www.artacademy.ie

 

 

https://artuk.org/discover/stories/ten-reasons-to-love-rosa-bonheur#

Olives, Oysters and Oranges at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

I am lucky enough to have the opportunity this month to exhibit my sketchbook alongside the Dublin Sketchers at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The current exhibition celebrates Bloomsday and features work from the esteemed artists Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Michelle Boyle, Áine Divine, John Keating and Caitríona Ní Threasaigh.

To compliment the exhibition some of the Dublin Sketchers and I have completed sketchbooks along the same theme: “Olives, Oysters and Oranges” aka food references from James Joyces Ulysses.

Gallery proprietor Olivier Cornet who curated the sketchbooks explained he was thinking about how I often love to draw marble sculpture and decided to display the sketchbook up on a plinth. I appreciate the grandeur and elegance of a plinth. My sketchbook sits happily perched on her plinth until June 30th at No. 3 Great Denmark Street. Pop in to enjoy and view the full collection of Joycean sketchbooks and fine art.

 

Reflecting on Reflections in Painting

 

I’m working on this drawing at the moment. It has my reflection in a silver Disney mug, taking a photo of the refection in the mug. So my camera has a wifi setting, I sent the photo to the iPad mini and I use that as a reference while I’m drawing. You possibly can’t make out the reflection of me with the camera yet but you will before it is finished.

Now we all know there is a huge leap between drawing from a picture on your iPad or phone and drawing or painting from real life, in terms of skill. [scroll down-post continues below the image]

When I saw this painting today “Self Portrait, New Studio Kettle” by RHA artist Una Sealy I could really appreciate the challenges she faced executing this work. Here you see her standing at her easel painting the kettle with her portrait reflected in the concave silver body.

It is obvious it is done from life rather than the lesser challenge of working from a 2D image. The artist Una Sealy had to not only transform a 3d form onto a 2d canvas, convey her own reflection distorted by the rounded shape of the kettle and also convince the viewer that this is a silver object without using metallic paint.

You can see this work yourself at the RHA 189th exhibition now open at the Royal Hibernian Gallery until the 10th of August 2019.

From my visit today I think I have chosen my person top 10 favourite artworks. I’m going to pop in again tomorrow to take another look – there are after all 500 pieces to see and then I will post my personal top 10.

 

National Drawing Day 2019 – The Round Up of Events

National Drawing Day is an annual countrywide event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland.  With NDD fast approaching – Saturday May 18th, I thought I’d round up the top 5 NDD events where you can take part in the celebrations:

  1. Dublin Sketcher’s Exhibition at the Harold’s Cross Festival.

What better way to celebrate National Drawing Day than in the company of those who gather every Sunday to sketch every inch of the city. Dublin Sketchers will exhibit their urban sketchbooks and some paintings and drawings at the Rosary Pastoral Centre this weekend. Local artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn has written a great blog post on the Dublin Sketchers worth checking out. The exhibition opens this Friday evening from 6pm -8pm and you are welcome to pop in for an inspirational browse and glass of wine. I’ll be invigilating on Saturday so feel welcome to come and say hi. The sketching styles are all so different and you’ll come away inspired to add to your own sketchbook.

With artist and art blogger Eoin Mac Lochlainn curator of last years exhibition Queens of Art.

2. Sketching Tour at The National Gallery of Ireland

I personally love to visit the National Gallery. The National Gallery the initiators of National Drawing day invite you to explore the Gallery’s collection and beautiful architecture on their sketching tour. It’s completely free and no booking even required. They have a whole list of events for NDD but this sketching adventure sounds wonderful. Check out their website for full details. 

Photo ref: screen grab from NGI website

3. Sculpture Drawing Morning in Saint Stephen Green

Spotted this event on Eventbrite. Looks fun. Artist Heather Gray is getting into the spirit of the event by organising a sculpture drawing morning in Saint Stephen Green on Saturday. Tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

 

Photo ref: from Heathers Eventbrite page

4. Butler Gallery Kilkenny Castle and Park

Butler Gallery Kilkenny Castle and Park are going all out for the event. Check out their video below.

 

5. Crawford Gallery Copy-Cats

This sounds very much like my kind of event. Anyone knows I love to draw sculpture and the Crawford Gallery in Cork boasts an impressive collection of marble perfection. They are hosting drawing sessions in the sculpture gallery. Artist Regina Carbayo shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 will share drawing tips and tricks. This is a free event, no booking necessary. And I am a little bit jealous I’ll not make this event so if you do pop along enjoy it.

Where ever you choose to spend Saturday 18th make sure to pick up and pencil and enjoy a doodle in celebration of the day.

 

 

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus Masterpieces by Week 1 Easter Camp Artists.

Congratulations to Ruth, Sarah, Oisín, Ava, Karl, Olaf, Seán, Lucy, Isobel, Aoileann, Nicola and Róise on completion of their Botticelli Birth of Venus masterpieces today at Art Academy art camp. They have done a wonderful job spending their Easter holidays creating beautiful art, learning new skills and making friends.

The original painting by Botticelli was created over 500 years ago and you can go to visit it in Florence Italy in the Uffizi Galleries. Take a look at their website here.

Some Renaissance art books for children we took at look at this week are: Botticelli by Mike Venezia and Rennaisance published by Usbourne

These can be borrowed from Rathmines Library 

The art sticker book we used was bought from the shop at the gorgeous National Gallery of Ireland.  

Art Academy wishes everyone a very happy Easter. Tomorrow is the final day of camp for the 6-9 yo artists and we are looking forward to art camp for the 9-14 yo next week.

 

#Botticelli #Uffizzigalleries Uffizi Gallery#Gallerieuffizi #Rennaisance #artcamp #ArtAcademy

 

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

Photo ref: Uffizi galleries website

 

Preview of Art Source at the RDS this weekend

Art Source opened at the RSD last night  (Thur 8th Nov 2018). Here are a preview of my fav pieces from the show. Enjoy. You can view them all in person at the event today, tomorrow and Sunday.

 

 

By Fergus A Ryan

Fergus Ryan‘s Bio

These charming gents were playing at Art Source: Band the Pheonix

Art Source info

Realist painting by Jean Paul Marsman 

By FLETCHER SIBTHORP

By Ken Hamilton

By Stephen Johnston

 

By Stephen Johnston. Follow here

By Gordon Harris

By Gordon Harris

 

photo refs and own photos from the opening: https://www.gormleys.ie/artists/

 

Can You Name all 16 Artworks Featured in The Carters Glorious Apeshit Music Video?

Beyonce and Jay Z aka The Carters, take over the french art museum The Louvre for the visuals for their music video Apeshit.

Put your art history knowledge to the test. See how many pieces of art from the video you can name. The answers are under each still, so if you don’t want an early spoiler, take care to scroll slowly. Here we go:

1.

Too easy. We all know this one, by one of my personal favourite artists of all time. Sorry zero points for guessing correctly here. Next.

2.Sculpture of Nike – not the sports shoes; the Greek Goddess of Victory. See if you can spot a miniature statue of Nike on the table in the painting An Angel at my Table by Miriam Escofet. She won this years BP Portrait Prize for her painting. Nike indeed heralded victory here.

3.

The dancers preform in front of The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. The painting depicts Napoleon crowning his wife Josephine, the first Empress of the french. Is anyone else being crowned in this video? What do you think? Scroll down for number 4.

4.Great Sphinx of Tanis which happens to be todays Artwork of the Day on the The Louvre’s website  for fellow art nerds.

5.

Venus de Milo, one of the most famous works of ancient Greek Sculpture. Sometimes it’s called the Aphrodite of Milos so both answers are correct.

6.Jay Z raps in front of Géricault’s “Raft of The Medusa”

7.

Marie Benoist’s Portrait d’une négresse

8.

A second painting byJacques-Louis David is featured. The Oath of the Horatii, is skewed by the camera angle so double points for naming this one.

9.

French artist Jacques-Louis David features again with, The Intervention of the Sabine Women

10.

Ary Scheffer, The Ghosts of Paolo and Francesca Appear to Dante and Virgil

11.

12.
13.

If you answered number 6 correctly, you probably also named this second Géricault painting The Charging Chasseur too.

14.

16. Bonus Points for naming this one: because to be perfectly honest , I can’t think of the answer myself.

How did you do? Interesting choices of artwork, aren’t they. What do you think each was chosen to represent? Also what have we missed, comment below,  I’d love to know your thoughts. Enjoy watching the full video here. Buy the album here. 

Photo Credits: Stills from the music video on Youtube.

 BP Portrait Award Winner 2018

Art Academy wishes to extend a warm congratulations to artist Miriam Escofet winner of the BP Portrait Award 2018. Miriam’s winning painting is titled “An Angel at my Table” and is a portrait of her mother.

You can see the portrait, and all selected paintings, in the BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition, open from Thursday. A day trip to London is on the cards. Try Skyscanner for flights from €55. This is a painting worth seeing in person.

Queens of Art

I am very excited for my upcoming exhibition Queens of Art exhibition at the Minerva Gallery during the Harold’s Cross Community Festival:

Local artist Sheila Flaherty will present an exhibition of her drawings (including one large wall drawing) at the Minerva Gallery* during the week of the festival.

Poet Catherine Ann Cullen will open the exhibition on Thursday, May 17, at 6pm.

Artist’s statement:  Queens of Art is a celebration of successful female artists throughout history. Consisting of 9 portraits, this series of art, focuses the spotlight on these artists and their stories. They serve to remind us of our own individual life goals and inspire us to strive towards them and find success as they have.

*Minerva Gallery is situated in Harold’s Cross beside Five Points coffee shop and across from the Maxol Petrol Station. Map at end of post
Title : Queens of Art
Artist: Sheila Flaherty http://artacademy.ie/
Curator: Eoin Mac Lochlainn https://emacl.wordpress.com/
Opening reception on Thursday the 17th of May at 6pm
Exhibition continues on Saturday 19th May 2-5pm
and Sunday 20th of May 12-5pm

 

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What To Watch: Films for Art Lovers

If you like to learn about art, while being entertained and enjoying a bit of screen time from the comfort of your sofa, here are my top picks from Netflix, iTunes and RTÉ. Make some popcorn.

RTÉ One 05th September 2018, 9.35pm Citizen Lane (2018) IMDb: 8.3

“The contemplation of beauty is no idle practice, beauty speaks for the soul of man (or woman) , to our higher selves and any city that celebrates such practice, can truly be considered great.”

The cleverly named “Citizen Lane”,  tells the story of the man behind one of my very favourite and often under rated, art galleries here in Dublin, Ireland The Hugh Lane Gallery.  Hugh Lane is played by an unrecognisable Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, best known as Nidge to Love/Hate fans.

The feature-length documentary is due to air on RTÉ one on September 5th 2018 at 9.35pm, after the news.

“CITIZEN LANE – In Irish Cinemas May 18th
A Portrait of Hugh Lane: aesthete, collector, dealer, philanthropist.”

You can watch the trailer here. 

Picture credits: Still from the trailer by Eclipse Pictures.

iTunes: Woman in Gold. (2015) IMDb rating: 7.3  (when it’s above a 7, you know you’re in for a great film)

Women in Gold, is a remarkable true story surrounding the Gustav Kilmt painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, often referred to as the Austrian Mona Lisa.

The film is set sixty years after Maria Altmann’s (played by Helen Mirren) nerve-wracking escape, fleeing her home in Vienna during World War II to emigrate to the United States with her husband Fritz. Adele Bloch-Bauer I, is Maria Altmann’s beloved aunt.

The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is one of many of her family possessions seized by the Nazis. However the Gustav Klimt painting, now more than a portrait of her aunt, has become a national treasure hanging in the Belvedere Gallery and valued at 135 million dollars. It becomes clear that the Austrian’s are not going to give it up easily.

Together with her young and inexperienced but courageous lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), she sets out on an incredible journey to reclaim what she believes is rightfully hers.

Woman in Gold is available on iTunes. You can watch the trailer here

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

Picture Reference: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Netflix: Girl with a Pearl Earring. (2004) IMDB rating: 6.9 (so close!!)

More from Netflix for art lover here

You can check out a previous post Netflix for Art Lovers for a Renaissance inspired series but if it’s a film your after Girl with a Pearl Earring is beautiful. Now available on Netflix, Girl With A Pearl Earring, imagines the story of the model behind the famous Dutch masterpiece of the same name.

Based on the book by Tracy Chevalier it is not a factual story, we simply do not know very much about the real sitter for the Johannes Vermeer painting. Yet it gives us a glimpse of life in 17th century Delft and what it may have been like to live and paint there.

Vermeer is known as The Master of Light and this is reflected in the way the film is lit, in keeping with the style of his paintings. It is beautifully shot. I wasn’t sure how the book would translate on screen, given it is written from the point of view of the private thoughts of it’s heroine but it works. Scarlett Johansson is ideally cast as the protagonist  Greit.

You can check out the art based on the famous Vermeer painting, by the young artist’s of Art Academy’s Easter Camp here.

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Picture Reference: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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