New works by Leah Beggs & Kathleen Furey
OCAP is delighted to present CUIMHNÍ (Memories) the Second Exhibition of our 2020 Summer Arts Programme which features new work from local artists Leah Beggs & Kathleen Furey. The Exhibition had originally been planned as part of the SET IN STONE Project which was selected for Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas programme, completion of the project has been postponed to the Summer of 2021. The SET IN STONE project focuses on the research of local Archaeologist and Historian Bill Daly, who has traced the history of Oughterard back to Neolithic times. Each of the Summer Exhibitions features Artwork created in response to this research.
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Leah Beggs is originally from Dublin she currently lives and works in Oughterard. She is a graduate of Dunlaoghaire College of Art and Design.
She has exhibited widely in Ireland with recent solo exhibitions at Solomon Fine Art, Dublin (Jan 2019, Sept 2016 & Oct 2014), The Market Place Arts Centre Armagh (Jan 2013) The Kenny Gallery Galway (Feb 2009) The Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar (May 2009) and The Signal Arts Centre Bray (Sept 2009).
Her work forms part of various collections in Ireland including Trinity College Dublin, IBEC, The Doyle Hotel Collection, Deloitte Art Collection, Savills Ireland, Garda HQ, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, An Bord Pleanála, Microsoft Irish Art Collection, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The National Concert Hall and the Department of the Taoiseach.
She was awarded an individual artist Bursary from Galway County Council in 2011, 2013 & 2017.
“Ideas around climatic effects on the landscape are one facet to my paintings, whilst other more abstract concepts explore an emotive response to the landscape by reminiscing or suggesting a ‘sense’ of place, an atmosphere or a feeling, rather than depicting a particular scene.
This body of work is responding to ideas put forward by local historian Bill Daly and his work on the ancient landscape of Oughterard. I recall him speaking of very different weather patterns and the importance of the hills and the river to the Neolithic man in Oughterard. He mentioned 20 years of rain, how the discovery of copper in the land helped the move into the Bronze Age and the importance of the surrounding habitat, the river, the hills etc. in relation to how they lived.
This information inspired a series of sketches and small paintings in acrylic on paper, exploring the marks and scars on the riverbed, the colours of the metals in the land and the movement of the rain. Larger works of oil on canvas are reimagined landscapes that portray my emotive response to the landscape that surrounded them once, the same places that surround me now.”
Kathleen Furey is from Galway. She studied painting at the Limerick School of Art and Design graduating in 1984. Her work responds to her experiences and surroundings, explores narrative and image relationships and deals with loss, memory and moments of realisation. Recent work reflects on how information comes to us through marks on a surface, how we discover traces of people who lived before us and how we interpret their stories and histories. Her work has been exhibited both at home and abroad and is included in public and private collections.
The landscape we live in interests me. Recently there has been time to explore locally, to cycle and walk in the landscape, to experience sunrises and sunsets and imagine the lives of people who inhabited the land before us. The fields, hills and waterways we see today may have been the setting for unknowable acts and events at another time. My work for this exhibition references history, myth, memory and observation. It responds to personal research regarding our ancestors, our earliest flora and fauna and new research and theories put forward by archaeologist Bill Daly. The images combine processes such as drypoint, collograph, monoprinting and chine collé.