Signal Open 2017

One of my paintings, ‘I Am Consumed’ selected for  Signal Open 2017, 5th annual group exhibition. The show runs from August 14th to August 27th, with opening reception on  Friday 14th at 7pm, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

 

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Solace Is Underway!

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.

VAI

A piece from VAI (Visual Artists Ireland) about my upcoming solo show in less than 2 weeks

Solace | Derval Freeman at Signal Arts Centre

27 February to 12 March

Opening Reception: Friday 3 March 7pm with guest Derek Dean of The Freshmen.


Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Solace, an exhibition of paintings and photography by Derval Freeman.

Derval’s paintings are like pages from the visual diary of her thoughts, feelings and surroundings at a given time. She is drawn to nature and is preoccupied by the philosophy of time and the relevance of our existence. Her work focuses on details in the landscape that give a sense of fragility.

Derval is based in County Wicklow and finds that being surrounded by the forestry’s and vast open mountainous landscapes triggers a strong sense of place. It evokes a wonder that drifts between the relevance of humanity and the purpose of existence. In isolating herself in nature this way a dialogue emerges that has a strong influence on her while painting in the studio. 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?’

‘Solace’ is a collection of Derval’s most recent paintings and photography. The work references the open landscape of the Wicklow Mountains and the forests that give her a sense of interior and protective shelter. All give her a sense of belonging and solace.

Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

T: 353 01 276 20 39

E: info@signalartscentre.ie

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Digital Landscapes

As part of my upcoming exhibition titled ‘Solace’, I will have 4 digital landscape photographs on exhibit at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow. It runs from February 27th to March 12th with opening reception March 3rd at 7pm. All are welcome!