Monday, October 5, 2009

Artist Profile - Thomas Sheridan

Thomas Sheridan grew up on the northside of Dublin city, and is a professional artist living and working in south Sligo under the shadow of the Ox Mountains. A former rock musician and graphic designer, he moved to the region in 1998 and has been painting full-time since 2005. Working mainly in acrylic on canvas as well as mixed watermedia on paper, his paintings have been described as vibrant, contemplative, poetic and soulful, with an underlying ‘Celtic’ surrealist character.



Day of the Raven

Taking the Veil

'Shifting Fields' - Press Release

'Shifting Fields',

An Exhibition of Original Artworks

by The NorthWest Artists Group.

At Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. Sligo

Opening October 24th 2009 at 7 pm.

Runs until November 22nd 2009.

The magnificent Markree Castle proves an appropriate location for the NorthWest Artists Group’s inaugural exhibition entitled ‘Shifting Fields’.

Set in 300 acres of stunning landscape and exquisite gardens, Markree is an inspirational setting, and small wonder that the castle steeped in history (since the 16th century) would also have a long association with the Arts. While staying as a guest Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848 wrote her most famous hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’, having been deeply moved by her beautiful surroundings. William Butler Yeats also stayed as a guest here when the castle was still a private residence. In the recent past, Markree was popular as an artistic retreat, so against this background of artistry, it is only fitting that the castle should stage the first of what is hoped to be an annual series of art exhibitions featuring the most preeminent artists in and around Yeats country.

The NorthWest Artists Group was conceived at the beginning of this year, initially through a need to network and pull resources in the face of economic changes. The aim of the group was primarily to unite like-minded creative people together and provide a support network for all members and their individual art practices. The group wished to present an open platform for the promotion of original visual art from the North West of Ireland.

From there, it was a natural progression for the members to channel their creative energies into the community by organising public exhibitions. This they have succeeded in doing with 'Shifting Fields'.

The show will encompass over fifty original works by professional artists from all over the North West. Artists taking part are Marvin Baldemor, Stephen Bennett, Brigid Birney, Lisa Bond, Morgan Ferriter, Marina Hamilton, Geoff Kilpatrick, Maria Noonan-McDermott, Carmel O Callaghan, Cormac O Leary, Thomas Sheridan and Heidi Wickham.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Mr. Niall O Donnell, who is no stranger to the art world, having successfully ran the Cristeph Gallery, one of the oldest galleries in Donegal, for over two decades.

All the artists will be present on Opening night so why not take this opportunity to meet them in person and learn more about their work.

Come along and discover the wealth of talent in your own community. What better way to spend an Autumnal evening, than with the warmth of a real log fire, a glass of fine wine in hand and stimulating conversation against a backdrop of the finest contemporary art the NorthWest has to offer!

For more information contact: 086 8107360 071-9167800

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Artist Profile - Marvin D. Baldemor

Marvin D. Baldemor , has been working and painting for some time now in Ireland, documenting and capturing the essence of the country on paper and canvas. He paints people, landscapes and historical landmarks based on the method and design principles he learned from his homeland.

Born in 1969 in Lucena City, Philippines where he received his early art training from his father . He feels that accumulated gift of knowledge coupled with a lot of practice results in the emergence of individual style. Baldemor’s work is typically dominated by bold colors, combining acrylic paint, sand, handmade papers, collage and Ink. He won several Art Awards in the painting competition of The Art Association of the Philippines and belong in the 25th finalist of The Windsor & Newton and the year 2000 Art Competition.

Baldemor continued paintings and held numerous group exhibition. Recently his painting Ceili was selected in the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts , 128th Annual Exhibition 2009 in Northern Ireland, Belfast. Last Summer 2008 he was one of the five artist included in the Summer Art Exhibition in the Central Bank of Dublin and, In 2004 and 2007 he was selected in The North West Artist Exhibition and in The Iontas 17th National Small Works Art Competition and Exhibition in Sligo. Also selected in The Open Art Exhibition in the Glebe Gallery, Co.Donegal. His painting can be view in Art galleries in Letterkenny, Sligo ,Dublin and Belfast.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Welcome to our new Art Blog

I'd just like to welcome everyone to our new art blog.

Hi, my name is Maria Noonan-McDermott. I am a visual artist based in County Leitrim, Ireland. I have been painting for over twenty years and I'm one of the co-founders of The NorthWest Artists Group, which was established earlier this year.

The initial aim of the group was primarily to unite like-minded creative people together and to provide a support network for all members and their individual art practices.
From there, it was a natural progression to try and channel our creative energies into the community by organising public exhibitions.

This blog was then set up in the hope that it would represent an open platform for the presentation and promotion of original visual art from the North West of Ireland, but more importantly we wish our blog to increase the enjoyment and participation in all art forms throughout the world.

As you can see, we have a lovely mixed and diverse core group already. You can click on their links to view the individual works. We also welcome new members from the North West, artists can contact us through the blog. Your feedback and comments are always appreciated, so feel free to post and have your say.

Monday, August 24, 2009

New Beginings

The North West Artists group had their first group meeting at Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. Sligo. Sunday, 23rd August 2009. The attendees were; Maria Noonan-McDermott, Marvin Baldemore, Geoff Kilpatrick, Thomas Sheridan, Morgan Ferriter, Lisa Bond and Carmel O Callaghan.

Markee Castle will be the venue for the groups first major exhibition on Saturday, 24th October 2009 and will run for a month. The original paintings of a dozen North West artists will be featured. The titled of the exhibition will be "Shifting Fields."

Markree Castle Website