Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Catherine Creaney

Looking Back © Catherine Creaney
Name: Catherine Creaney
URL: http://www.catherinecreaney.com/
Bio: Catherine Creaney is an award winning Irish Artist from Dungannon in Co. Tyrone. Primarily self taught, her work has been exhibited in numerous selected group exhibitions throughout Ireland and the UK. Her work focuses on capturing the character and individuality of the human form through the use of pencil, pastel and oil. Her influences include artists from the renaissance period such as Durer and da Vinci, and later artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer. She has taken part in many public exhibitions in Ireland including the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition held in Belfast and the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition in Dublin.
Catherine has received several awards for her work including the ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an outstanding art work at the 185th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, First Place in the 2014 Artist’s Magazine All-Media Online Competition and twice winning The Drawing Prize and The Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy at the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition. Most recently she was awarded the Henri Roché Award and the People’s Choice Award at the first Italian International Pastel exhibition in Rome (2017).
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Portraits
Technique: Catherine explains: "I take influence from all forms of art including film, where I find lighting effects and scene compositions inspiring. The work of Lucian Freud and his almost brutal honesty in capturing people has also been an influence and I am inspired in my own work by this honesty.The focus of my work lies mainly with portraiture. Lighting and expression being key areas that a lot of my compositions centre on. I use lighting to create a mood and enhance my compositions, being influenced by artists such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio and their use of chiaroscuro. I like the drama and three dimensional rendering that chiaroscuro offers and my aim is to explore fully various methods of capturing light within portraiture. I purposefully choose expressions in my portraits that can be open to interpretation and offer a glimpse into the internal world of the sitter. I have started incorporating backgrounds that also offer the viewer a possible insight into the subjects world."
Style: Representational.  "In my work my focus is on exploring the transient nature of human expressions and effects of light upon the human form. My major influences come from the art of the Renaissance period, being left awe struck by the work I viewed on a visit in my mid twenties to Florence. Studying the works of Leonardo da Vinci and the subtleties of expressions he achieved I have in my own work experimented with various techniques to capture human expressions in both the mediums of soft pastel and oil paint. I aim to create portraits that display the human expression in its most intangible form that animates the static work.
I intentionally create portraits that capture people as faithfully as possible. I find the character and perceived imperfections in a face show the unique identity and life of the subject."

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