This painting although previously thought finished, had been sticking out from the rest here in my studio the past few months looking to rework its ending.. So today I gave in.. there is a fear in reworking an old painting but it’s a fear that drives me sometimes also..I hope I made the right decision.. I’ll know in a few months maybe..
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.
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.
focus on faces – Derval Freeman
Great! Very busy at the moment though.
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.
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
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.
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.”