ARTISTS A-Z

Fitters, Paul

Paul Fitters was born in Vlijmen, The Netherlands in 1965. He studied Horticulture at the Agricultural University Wageningen and graduated in January 1991. After working in his home country for a few years, Paul left The Netherlands to work in the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. Since January 2002 Paul found his horticultural roots again and began to work as a Horticultural teacher in the Teagasc, College of Amenity Horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

While in Ireland, Paul attended evening classes annually at the National College of Art and Design/Centre for Continuing Education in Art and Design (NCAD/CEAD) from 1997 till 2008. These include painting, drawing, collage work, mixed media and others.

In 2003 he achieved a certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation at the NCAD (first class honours). This was followed by a part time audit-credit course in Drawing/Print/Mixed media in 2007/’08. Printing classes were attended from 2006 till 2009 and after which Paul became a full time member of the Graphic Studio Dublin in 2010.
Paul’s interest and background is reflected in his art where plants, insects and the National Botanic Gardens often feature His day to day workplace provides him with an endless source of inspiration.

 


 

A Girls Night OutGreat Palm House, Glasnevin Out of the blue in Glasnevin Tolka trees Philodendron Schlumbergeria

Fitzgerald, Mary A.

Plume

Plume

 

Mary A. Fitzgerald was born in Dublin in 1966. She studied printmaking at Dun laoghaire Insistute of Art and Design and Technology from 1983 – 1987 and finished with an honour diploma. In 1988, she completed her honours degree in printmaking at The National College of Art and Design. She returned to both colleges as a visiting lecturer. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts, at The National College of Fine Art, in June of 2004.

In 2005 Fitzgerald show as an invited artist at the 175th RHA annual exhibition and at the 5th Biennal Internationale de Gravure in Liege, Belgium.

In June 2002, Fitzgerald was among 39 printmakers selected to take part in ‘Holy show’, a collaborative project between The Graphic Studio, Dublin and The Chester Beatty Library. This show continues to tour. In October 2002, Mary was among sixteen Irish artists selected to exhibit at Grafiska Sallskapei, Stolkholm. Fitzgerald was selected to exhibit at the Nodic Graphic International Print Festival, in Odense, Denmark, 1999. The previous year Fitzgerald exhibited in a three person ‘printx3’ at the Original Print Gallery, Dublin.

Mary has recently completed a public art commission for Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, and Breaking Ground. The project entitled ‘The Home Project’ was a printmaking initiative in which the artist collaborated with the residents of Ballymun to produce a series of works based on the participants feelings toward the place called home. The work was exhibited in 2003 as part of the inaugural exhibition of works commissioned. She wrote an article in relation to the project, which was published in ConText magazine.

She has also been involved in the Artist-in-prison scheme working with men in Mountjoy prison, Dublin, through the medium of print. In 2002, The Arts council awarded her the professional Development Grant to research digital technology and image making.

She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is included in many public and private collections.


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Fitzpatrick, Paula

Cosmic Form

Cosmic Form

 

Born in Dublin in 1953, after finishing school, Paula studied Fashion at the Grafton Academy where she graduated with distinction. Moving to London, Paula worked for Hardy Amis, the Royal Couturier. While in London Paula studied Jewellery Making and Silk Screen Printing at night at Isleworth College. Shortly after returning to Dublin, she opened and ran a successful dress designing business establishing her Salon at Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 2, and later in Stillorgan, Co Dublin.

In 2003 Paula studied Business Law at The National College of Ireland, Dublin. In 2006 Paula decided to study Visual Arts Practice at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design and Graduated in 2010 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Visual Arts Practice.

Artist Statement

‘I am a visual artist who engages in sculptural work which draws influence from a background in Couture and making things. By utilizing materials such as metal and wood, my work often engages in geometrical and architectural compositions. Balance is an important aspect, and can dictate the composition and form of the work. I have also used clay and porcelain to compose a three dimensional visualization of the sense of loss, The Presence of Absence. The choice of material is important in realizing my vision of a piece of work. Currently I am exploring the mediums of Printmaking to create work at Graphic Studio Dublin.’


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Flanagan, Niamh

Floating Fleet, The Island Broke Beneath Us

Floating Fleet, The Island Broke Beneath Us

Niamh Flanagan’s work explores the search for utopias within our world, and the restless desire to be somewhere else. The prints depict a world of abstracted landscapes and cityscapes telling fragments of stories, showing the unseen, the hidden and the unreal as they lurk beneath turbulent skies.

Her playful printed world of cities and mountains, forests and islands, suggest escape and isolation. But this world depicted in the prints is a volatile one too, which lies beyond our control, with its ever-changing skies and its strange fruit lurking beneath the surface.

 

Niamh graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and is now a member of Graphic Studio Dublin. Her work has been shown at The Printmakers Gallery, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, Chester Beatty Library, Edinburgh Printmakers, and at Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin.

She has taken part in residencies in Cork, Donegal, Edinburgh, Oslo, Poland and Slovenia.

In 2013 she set up Mobile Print Project with artist Clare Henderson, an initiative that aims to promote printmaking through education in Ireland.


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