Interview : : Focus on Faces

In this weeks issue of the Wicklow Voice today.  Issue February 24th 2017, ahead of Solace Exhibition next week.  A short interview on page 10 with the very talented poet and journalist, Brian Quigley. Have a read further down.

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Wicklow Voice – Page 10

 

focus on faces –  Derval Freeman

How’s life?
Great! Very busy at the moment though.

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What’s happening?
I have a new solo exhibition coming up, in the Signal Arts
Centre in Bray. There’s so much to organise – getting pictures
framed, thinking about what wall space will be available
in the studio, doing the promotional work, organising the
reception etc. Still, these are good complaints!
What kind of paintings will you be exhibiting?
There are a lot of landscapes inspired by the woods and
forests of Wicklow, places like Djouce. I’d describe a lot
of my work as abstract landscape. There will be some
photography on show as well. Often I marry the two arts, and

take photographs when I’m out on walks that can then act as
the start point for a canvas.
How long have you been painting, and was it always
landscapes? All my life really. I was good at and enjoyed art at school,
and went on to study Fine Art Painting at Limerick School of
Art and Design. I spent some time as artist-in-residence at the
Cill Rialaig artists retreat on the Skellig Isles after college,
and possibly this instilled a love of landscapes.
Is there a meaning to the title ‘Solace’ for the new exhibition?
It’s a fitting title. Walking through the forests and woods
of Wicklow, looking for images and inspiration, can seem a
lonely pursuit, but I don’t feel alone. They have a life of their
own, as the seasons progress and the weather changes, and
offer something new to the eye every time you visit.
Have you done many exhibitions before?
I’ve contributed to many group exhibitions, including some
in the Signal Arts Centre. I’ve put on solo ones before also,
both in Limerick and Dublin.
What do you do away from the photography and painting?
I also light music concerts – for Wicklow band God Is An
Astronaut. It’s another form of being creative, but to light a
show in a way that complements the music being played is
both a challenge to do and rewarding when done!

Derval Freeman’s exhibition ‘Solace’ will run between
Febraury 27 and March 12 at Bray’s Signal Arts Centre.
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Exhibition Invitation :: SOLACE

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SOLACE

Exhibition of Painting and Photography

by

DERVAL FREEMAN

INVITATION

February 27th – March 12th 2017

SIGNAL ARTS CENTRE

Albert Avenue,

Bray, Co. Wicklow

 

Opening March 3rd – 7pm to 9pm

Exhibition ‘Solace’ 2017

‘Solace’

Exhibition of works by Derval Freeman

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Monday 27th February – Sunday 12th March 2017

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by the artist Derval Freeman.

Speak to Derval about her work for only a few moments and her love of the environment manifests as she enthuses about her latest artistic challenge, painting or photographing her treks of discovery through the secluded countryside of County Wicklow into which she is inevitably drawn.

My studio in County Wicklow presents a most rewarding backdrop and has inspired my painting for these past two years. Painting has been my first love ever since childhood wonder filled my heart with the joy of discovering the thrill of putting paint strokes on canvas or, as it was in those days, crayon on paper. I was in love and this joyful intrigue would never fail to inspire just as the search and challenge of representing the perfect idyll would present me with the rewarding odyssey of introspection and the knowledge that when I sought to examine the mystery of the scene, I was actually looking into myself. Challenges are mind-based and how the environment is depicted presents an inner challenge to the artistic mind; the painting action is queried: balance, depth, weight and accentuation of each stroke is called into question, namely, ‘is this depiction what I actually want to represent – is it too abstract?

She brings to mind the Celtic Goddess of the Ardennes Forest, Arduinna, who was also a seeker, huntress and who rose to all challenges as she rode her wild boar throughout her demesne, totally in awe of the trees, rivers and streams she was vowed to protect. This exhibition of Derval’s work, one imagines, must have been inspired by the Ardennes Goddess whose spirit percolated down the ages and slid silently into her young Clare soul.

Arduinna returned again and again for solace after her battles, back to that secure environment where her energy was miraculously recharged and prepared for the next adventure. She found it there and so it is appropriate for Derval to title this latest body of work, SOLACE.

Opening Reception: Friday 3rd March 7 – 9 pm

All Welcome!

Signal Open 2015 : : Open Night

From the official opening night of Signal Open 2015 at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Here with my recent painting titled ‘Memory Loss’. Briefly this piece, like most of my work, is my response to the landscape and how I immerse myself in it. The painting came together somewhere between the violets and raw umbers of a misty Sugarloaf hill and the Powerscourt waterfall hidden deep between the Djouce and Crone woods, Co. Wicklow. 
Thank you so much to the panel at Signal Arts Centre for giving me this chance to show my work! 

Show runs till August 16th.