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Local artists will unveil their shared love of landscape at Ballydehob gallery show

August 2nd, 2017 7:03 PM

By Southern Star Team

‘From Galley Head Rd to Long Strand' is an oil on canvas by Anastasia O'Donoghue Healy, on show at the Aisling Gallery in Ballydehob shortly.

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A SHARED love for landscape has culminated in a joint West Cork exhibition by two local artists.

‘Abundance: Light, Land,Water' is the appropriate title for the exhibition which opens on August 4th at the Aisling Gallery in Ballydehob, celebrating the work of Fiona Power and Anastasia O Donoghue Healy.

The show reveals their shared love for the landscape in all its seasonal glory.

A Fine Art graduate from Sligo IT, Fiona Power was a member of the Pigeon Loft Studios in Sligo and of the Backwater Artists Group in Cork city. 

She has been living and working in West Cork for over 20 years, where her studio overlooks Dunmanus Bay, surrounded by meadows and fields of cattle. 

Working en plein air and in her studio, she employs a variety of techniques and materials – glazing, impasto and drawing. 

‘I'm inspired by the beauty of colour and the emotion of the moments of change in the atmosphere of a particular place and time. I'm interested in the land, sea and sky that present themselves in moments of drama and beauty,' she said. 

Fiona has exhibited widely including at the prestigious RHA Annual Open, with work held in many collections in Ireland and abroad.

In self-taught artist Anastasia O'Donoghue Healy's attempt to explain her logic she says her paintings capture ‘another way of  seeing'.

They are informed as much by her journey to painting as by her growing interest in awareness, consciousness and the writings of Eckhart Tolle. 

Anastasia aspires to capture the “isness” of the landscape at a given time. She paints landscapes en plein air, saying that this invites a more intimate experience of the landscape, responding to this experience intuitively and rapidly by her use of colour and mark-making. 

Shortlisted in the National Open Art (UK and Ireland) in 2015 and again in 2016, Anastasia continues to refine both her craft of painting and the art of living. 

Abundance: Light, Land, Water opens August 4th at 7pm at the Aisling Gallery and will run for two weeks.

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