ARTISTS A-Z

Daly, Alan

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Davidson, Janine

Janine Davidson marries traditional printmaking techniques with a language derived from contemporary media. Often reflecting current societal and cultural concerns, her work makes the viewer reconsider the meaning we attach to images, offering new insights into conventional and traditional visual associations. Davidson’s work explores the habitual, the routine and attempts to break from these mundane yet essential states.

Born in Belfast, Janine Davidson received her BA and Masters qualifications from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. In 2001 she joined the Blackchurch Print Studio, becoming a member of the board of directors in 2006. She has exhibited internationally in New York, South Africa and France and also completed residencies in Johannesburg and Nice. Her work has been purchased by various private and public collectors.


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Donohue, Caroline

Nuturing The Soul

Nuturing The Soul

Caroline Donohue graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2005 with an honours Degree in Fine Art Print. She has been a member at the Graphic Studio Dublin since being awarded the studios year membership. Her work is included in various Art collections such as The Office of Public Works, AXA Insurance and Fingal County Council. In 2005, Caroline was the winner of the RDS Print Making Fever Award.

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Themes within her practice include an ongoing interest in the poetics of space, both internal and external, the delicate point where man and natural world co-exist, and the human desire for control and escapism . Her etchings are inspired by popular 19th century aesthetic and thought, in particular, the Victorian habits of collecting, preservation and display of natural found curiosities. Specifically, their practice of taxidermy, assemblage of curiosity cabinets, and display techniques used within their Natural History Museums, all highlighting the futile task to gain knowledge and control over an unknown, and chaotic natural world. It is in these uncanny interiors that time has been suspended, they contain poetic possibility, a promise of escape, enticing the onlooker who becomes enveloped. The rooms therefore become abodes for day dreaming and reflection.


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Dowling, Grainne

Race Kinvara

Race Kinvara

Born in Dublin, Gráinne Dowling spent much of her childhood living in England. She returned to Ireland in 1960 and in 1963 entered the College of Art, Kildare Street (now the National College of Art and Design), graduating in 1968 with a Diploma in Painting. In 1968 she received a scholarship to study printmaking in the Folkeswang Schule fur Gestaltung in Essen-Werden, Germany, where she studied etching and lithography for two years.

Dowling joined the Black Church Print Studio in 1986. She currently teaches printmaking in the National Print Museum, Dublin and drawing studies in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Etching is her specialised area of printmaking, and the subject matter and inspiration for her work has always been a reaction to her own circumstances and physical location. She is a winner of a Taylor Award, Arnotts Portrait Award, Íontas Drawing Award, Book Cover Prize for Salmon Poetry, and a contributor to The Great Book of Ireland.

Dowling is a regular exhibitor at the RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin; Íontas, Sligo; Claremorris Open, Mayo; Éigse, Carlow; Watercolour Society of Ireland, Dublin and numerous Black Church Print Studio exhibitions. Residencies include Annaghmakerrig (2000, 1996, 1993, 1992, 1991), Heinrich Boll House, Achill (1998, 1993) and Kiltimagh, Co.Mayo (1999). Public collections include the Haverty Trust, The Labour Party and the Office of Public Works.


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Doyle, Cliona

Paeonia Fen Dan Bai

Paeonia Fen Dan Bai

Cliona Doyle was born in 1968 and attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin from 1987 to 1991.  She graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art Print.  She then attained membership of the Graphic Studio, Dublin, where she subsequently became one of the Board of directors.  She has shown extensively including group shows at the Hugh Lane, Rubicon, Solomon and Graphic studio Galleries. In 1998 she was part of  ‘The London Original Print Fair’.

In 2000 she had her first Solo show at the Original Print Gallery. Her work is part of many public collections including the Office of Public Works, Ulster Bank, The Library Council, The Irish Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, and the Bank of Ireland to name but a few.


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Doyle, Maireid

Mairead Doyle studied Fine Art at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art. At present she works  from a print studio at Airfield, Dundrum. Her work has been part of many exhibitions throughout Ireland. More recently she exhibited in the “Impressions Print Exhibition “ helded at the Galway Art Centre, in 2004. In 2006, Mairead showed at the “Printmakers Open Submission Print Show”, in  Limerick, and also took part in a joint exhibition at gallery 53, in Dublin. Her work is part of collections such as the Offices of Public Works, Mercer Ltd, and has been aquired by many private collectors, through the years.

Mairead’s work is based on the exploration of colour and flowing forms, mostly derived from nature. Her work occupies a space some where between minimalism and expressionism.


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Dwyer, Aoife

Aoife Dwyer, Etching

Lost and Found VI

Born in Dublin, Dwyer spent some time living in Brighton, England, where she studied screenprint under the tutelage of Terence Gravett at the Brighton Polytechnic College of Art. In 1998 she graduated from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, with a BA honours degree in Fine Art. She became a member of the Black Church Studio that same year and subsequently became a Director of the Board in 2005.

Since 1998 she has been a tutor in fine art at the City of Dublin Education and Training Board. From 2005 to 2009 she has worked with DLRCo.Co as part of the artists in school programme and has facilitated workshops responding to the Michael Craig Martin exhibition Alphabet (2010). She has also facilitated the Family Programme at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Dwyer works with photography, screenprint and etching. She is interested in drawing attention to everyday domestic objects, unintended marks, spaces and surfaces. The process and inherent qualities of printmaking are themselves influential in the development of her work. With digital photography Dwyer records marks, scratches and hints of repetitive subconscious actions. These images are then etched onto metal plates and begin their morphosis. In response to the variations of multi-plate printing the images evolve and begin to suggest landscapes. This almost accidental work has developed into a series titled “Found Drawings”, “Tide Marks”, “Home Scapes”, and more recently a series called “Lost and Found”. Through the medium of print making, the visual information embedded in the paper suggests a permanence and is a record of time spent.


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