I am thrilled to be invited to exhibit at Wicklow Artist: A Gathering in aid of SVP in Greystones this year along with other great Wicklow artists. The pop up gallery is in La Touche Place around the corner from the Happy Pear. It opens this Saturday at 2pm and runs till the 17th of December. I have a number of paintings on sale including my very large to my little ones. All are welcome so come down and check it out!
I am very happy to be part of this charity exhibition in aid of Wicklow Dementia Support. Alongside many very talented artists I have 5 paintings on exhibit.
The show opens at 7.30 at pop up gallery, La Touche Place, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. All are welcome.
Moving on with this current work in progress and this newly begun small little painting, I hope for the colour to return soon in this white snowy February we are having right now..
This is something I am working on at present.. I find it hard to ‘stop painting’ sometimes..it’s like my conscience is whispering to stop but I can’t. Physically, I feel compelled to work some of my paintings up and up until they are almost smothered.. that is where I ‘go’ when I surround myself with my subject..
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
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
Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas, 61cm x 61cm
The light changes so much in the forest as I walk through it almost every day. I feel apart of the surrounding atmosphere and I absorb all of its virtues through all my senses.
The enormity of the trees,