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 : : Whats On Show

This is a short video composition of whats on show for my current exhibition titled Solace.
 
It shows brief visual detail of the work’s surface textures and some of how they were created. Please feel welcome to come to the opening on Friday March 3rd at 7pm or pop in to have a look any day between now and March 12th. With guest speaker Derek Dean, a talented musician and author who will be opening the exhibition, there is a great evening in store!.
 
Here is my world, so I hope you enjoy!
 
Music by the amazingly talented and inspirational man in my life, Torsten Kinsella with his twin Niels Kinsella from band God Is An Astronaut Song titled, Fragile.
Click here, https://youtu.be/vdQff83HwQs or on the image to view.
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‘Souvenirs’ 120cm x 120cm Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas

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.

Painting : : Growth

A closer look at painting, ‘Growth’ 100cm x 100cm, Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas

I use beeswax in a lot of my paintings and here I mixed it into a thick opacity with the oils. Also on the surface of this painting I incorporated the found little pieces of the forest floor including pine needles, twigs and some sand. The colours and thickness of foliage from a Summer turning into Autumn is probably my favorite time of year. These great long evenings allow me to spend more time getting lost, finding new trails and exploring new possibilities of how I can bring these experiences back to the studio.

On show next week at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

 

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Growth, 100cm x 100cm
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The Bray People 22/02/2017

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The Bray People 22/02/2017
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Kilmacanogue Section Page 64

Privilege of Existence

This is a mask I was given as a gift almost 9 years ago. My good friend Ger who gave it to me said she would love to see what I could do with it and paint something of my own on it. I really loved it as it was, just a blank white smooth surface. It took about 9 years for me to finally get the urge to paint something on it and turn it into something with narrative. I wanted to paint a kind of self portrait for a while and so I thought this would best represent what I wanted to do.

When I finished it, I decided to wear it and see how it would photograph. It felt like a ‘becoming of’. Like the land we came from and back to the land we go.

For the title of the piece itself ‘Privilege Of Existence’ I had in mind my belief of how fickle and fragile our own existence is. The chance of ‘becoming’  is like a lotto in ways. Since childhood I always think of my own very existence and how being adopted makes me feel about that. Time itself is a place we survive for only an atom-size fraction, until the next cycle of generations rotate. It raises questions to me about how significant we really are, in nature and among the smallest of stars to the largest ones that we know of yet.

I painted this piece in oils and I used pieces of pine needles I found on the Djouce woods bed where I incorporated onto the mask surface before applying multiple layers of oils. I approach most of my painting in this way. I like to keep pieces I find along the way when I am out hiking and reviving then back into a kind of living state, in art and forever preserved.

Going on exhibit February 27th to March 12th, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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‘Privilege of Existence’ Self Portrait, Oil, mixed media on plaster mould, 13 x 21cm
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A Becoming, Self Portrait, Photograph

The Copper House

Its getting closer to my show the end of the month, with 20 days to go. I am busy getting my paintings framed and photographs printed. I have 4 digital original prints included in the exhibition and this is one below where The Copper House in Dublin city centre had some very kind words to share. Their recent post quoted below on their Facebook page about my photographs which were printed onto a high quality fine art lustre paper and then framed in a box, glassed frame.

Here is what they had to say!

The Copper House- We were very pleased with our job of framing the Lustre Fine Art prints with black frames of Derval Freeman Artists work.

They are absolutely magnificent pieces and look very polished.
We would like to promote Derval Freemans’ Exhibition of Paintings and Photography Entitled ‘Solace’, as she is an amazing artist who deserves more recognition.

The upcoming exhibition Solace will be held in SignalArts Centre, Bray, Ireland at the end of the month. The opening is March 3rd and runs from February 27th to March 12th. We hope to see you all there!

“These photograph were taken on my Nikon D800 of places where I go for inspiration for my painting. When I am out on walks in the mountains and forests of Wicklow, Ireland, exploring and taking in the atmosphere I photograph things that take my interest. Some photographs I like to take just to keep as a photography piece however, a lot of the time the photographs are reference to the start point of a painting.”

Inspired yet? Come along to the exhibition!

Opening March 3rd – 7pm to 9pm

Click on the image to go to page.

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‘Content’ Digital Photograph 16″ x 12″