Art Exhibition 2018
For this year’s art exhibition we have invited two artists: Clare Hartigan and Jennifer Allen.
Their work will be displayed in St Flannan’s Cathedral for the duration of the Music Festival.
Limerick born artist Jennifer Allen is currently living and working in Limerick.
A self-taught artist, Jennifer loves drawing characterful faces. This usually but not always means that she draws older faces where every crease and wrinkle has something to say. Jennifer likes to draw musical instruments, old hands, anything in fact that tells a story.
‘Using very simple tools, namely a white pencil, black paper and an eraser for shading, I try to capture some element of a person's essence, a moment in time or a particular mood. Like most people, I started drawing as a child. The only difference is, I never stopped. I hope you enjoy my work’.
Jennifer Allen is Artistic Director of Elemental Arts & Culture Festival. She writes the weekly ‘Healthy Living’ column for the Limerick Post Newspaper and has an interesting musical background. Jennifer’s father the singer & songwriter Denis Allen composed ‘Limerick You’re a Lady’ in 1979.
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Clare Hartigan grew up by the banks of the River Shannon in Castleconnell Co. Limerick where she received an early artistic schooling, in many mediums, from her mother, the artist Barbara Hartigan. She studied at Limerick School of Art and Design and took a keen interest in life drawing and figurative art work. Following her graduation Clare moved to Cork and began her artistic career before returning to her home village where she now works full time as an artist.
While at LSAD she learned to draw with bitumen as part of the process of creating etchings and now combines this skill with the seemingly spontaneous application of paint seen in her work. This paint–dripping technique reflects the work of the Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. While Clare makes use of a technique formerly utilised exclusively for abstraction she truly makes it her own by creating semi-representational art, drawing inspiration from nature, personal experience and current affairs. A recurring theme in her work is a young girl, who the artist describes as the inner child in everyone, regardless of gender.
“Using her as a central theme is about getting back to the people we were as children, to explain and explore how and why we act the way we act today. She is the central core of the soul, pure emotion, loving, caring, fragile and often so damaged. I suppose, in a sense, I am trying to draw the soul.”
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