A Summer Three

An Exhibition Of Paintings by
Rayleen Clancy, Avril Harvey & Patricia Wheeler

19th July – 3rd August 2008 Open Daily 12pm - 6pm
Contact Jeremy Hill at Tel 053 925 5071


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Rayleen Clancy studied art at National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and San Francisco Art Institute; she graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Film Studies. Solo exhibitions include the Dyehouse Waterford, and STAC. She has exhibited in the 173rd Annual RHA Exhibition, the Oisin Gallery Dublin, Mullingar Arts Centre, The Old Market House Dungarvan, and Wexford Arts Centre. She held an acclaimed joint exhibition with her sister Blawnin in Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford; they also featured in Joan Clancy Gallery on Nationwide on RTE1 on a few occasions, and recently in ‘Spotlight’ - the Waterford City TV arts and entertainment programme hosted by Orla Rapple.

Rayleen’s work is strong and vibrant; she displays all the trusting innocence of childhood and early teenage years –creating a strong dichotomy with underlying hidden portents. The beguiling figurative images are evocative, and her use of colour makes the ordinary seem extraordinary. Some of her work has a Wyeth-like quality with wide open heartland against a big sky, and her restrained use of light is very effective.

Avril Harvey lives at Kyle, near Wexford town; she paints throughout the South East and has exhibited her work locally during a lifetime of painting. These current works are part of a series of paintings depicting the the sadly decaying stone carvings found in old Irish monastic ruins such as Jerpoint Abbey, and the early churches in Co.Wexford. Avril’s paintings are her response to the atmosphere of these ancient places and the spirits of the carved figures therein.

The ravages of the elements since the buildings were ruined during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540 have failed to quell the spirit and pathos which seems to emanate from these 13th/14th century portraits in stone; they are believed to be members of the O’Tunney family of Callan.

It’s ironic that, after the merciless subjection to the wet, Irish weather, watercolour seems to be the most sympathetic medium for these antique visages as they continue, in eternity, to speak for themselves.

Patricia Wheeler lives near Enniscorthy; she began her art education in 1985 with Reginald Hobbs RHA, continuing with evening classes at NCAD. Latterly, she has been tutored by Eamonn Carter at the Gorey School of Art. She has exhibited in group shows in Co.Wexford at Greenacres Gallery, Newtownbarry House Gallery, Wexford VEC Festival Art Show, and at Eigse Carlow. Awards include 2002 Duis an Oireachtais do Mhac Leinn Lanaimseartha prize at the Taispeantas Ealaine an Oireachtais.










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