When?

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..

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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.

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New Work

Two new paintings as part of my up coming solo exhibition in early 2017. Details coming soon.

New Painting

‘Solace’

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,

the scent,

the colours,

the light,

the sounds,

the movements.

Solace 61cm x 61cm Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas
Solace Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 61cm x 61cm

16th Annual Group Exhibition

Two of my most recent paintings titled, ‘Tall Trees’ and ‘Campfire’, will be exhibited next week at Signal Arts Centre 16th Annual Members Exhibition, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray Co. Wicklow. The show runs from May 23rd to June 5th 2016, with the opening May 29th 3pm to 5pm. All are welcome!

Signal Arts SAS Members Exhibition 2016
Signal Arts Centre 16th Annual Members Exhibition

 

Signal-Arts-Centre-SAS-Exhibition-2016
Two of my paintings showing at Signal Arts Center SAS Exhibition 2016. The show runs from May 23rd to June 5th 2016, with the opening May 29th 3pm to 5pm.

 

Tall-Trees
‘Tall Trees’, Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 20cm x 21cm

 

Campfire
‘Campfire’, Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 26cm x 21cm

New Irish Art

I’ve recently been added to a great online Irish artist community New Irish Art

Have a peek!

Derval Freeman - New Irish Art
The work of Derval Freeman can also be viewed on the New Irish Art website http://www.newirishart.com , very reputable non-profit platform showcasing the new work from emerging artists all over Ireland.

 

Solace

Some of my new paintings. These are 3 paintings I recently finished. There a lot more to come and I am very excited about this new work. The change in environment has indeed seeped into this new work. County Wicklow has so many beautiful places and there are hidden pieces of detail that take my interest all around here. I am so inspired by the landscape here. From the wide open landscape of the mountains to the sheltered interior of the forestry. I have found solace.