Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tom Conneely - NorthWest Artists Group Profile

The main influences on Tom’s work are the sky, land and water and how light interacts with each, whether breaking through clouds, highlighting the countryside or reflecting on water.

Sligo has been Tom’s home for the past 25 years. It’s natural, then, for him to use the west coast as inspiration for his oil paintings, mostly capturing the effects of the rising and setting sun on this varied background of sea shore, lakeside and captivating, diverse land.

The moments he values most are when rays of sunlight glance through overcast skies, with the subsequent interplay of color, light and space on the clouds and landscape. This shifting light and variety of moods give him no end of possibilities and motivation to interpret something new from what he sees around him every day, to turn paint into images that constantly challenges him and to convey how it feels to be there at that time.

His work is mostly held in private collections, mainly in Ireland and the UK, including that of the Polish Ambassador to Ireland and Mark Feehily from Westlife. His recent exhibitions were as part of a group show of Sligo Artists titled Art, Land of Heart’s Desire at Gallery Zozimus, Dublin and as part of a group show at Lissadell House, Sligo.

Tranquil Inlet
30.5cm X 40.6cm

Atlantic Force
40.6cm X 50.8cm

Flash Fog
30.5cm X 40.6cm

Gentle Slopes
35.6cm X 45.7cm

Monday, February 22, 2010

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