The Copper House Gallery will launch Heart and Soul: Portraits of Irish Muscians, an exhibition of works by Claire Guinan from 6pm, Thursday 5th of October 2017.
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Running until 11th October
Guinan presents a collection of large scale oil paintings of prominent figures from the Irish music scene. The title, “Heart and Soul” captures the essence of the exhibition.
Guinan met all of the sitters so that she could capture them in a more relaxed and natural environment. The musicians featured are spread over different genres of Irish music: Mick Flannery, Gavin Friday, Christy Dignam, Mundy, Lisa Hannigan, Paul Brady, Conor O’Brien, Cathy Davey, John Sheahan, Imelda May, Damien Dempsey and The Coronas.
“Music is so powerful” Guinan explains, “It can evoke memories, enhance our emotions and influence our everyday lives. These musicians take their talent and reach deep into their heart and soul to create wonderful music that enriches our lives. Each and every one of these artists has added to the depth and richness of both Irish music and Irish culture.”
Guinan, a Tullamore native, now living in Galway, studied her degree in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design. She continued her studies in University College Dublin with a Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. She grew up surrounded by art and music and discovered her love of the figure and portraiture from an early age.
Music has always been a huge source of inspiration in her work. She recently painted a portrait of Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James, delighted with it; he shared with his thousands of followers on social media. Guinan uses large canvases to create a connection between the subject and the viewer. The exhibition brings together Guinans love of portraiture and Irish music and is a reflection of the rich and varied musical talent that Ireland has to offer.
For further information please contact Sarah Eva Manson;
Tel 01 478 4088