ARTISTS A-Z

Patten, Caroline

Burrowing Owl, Near Keel

Burrowing Owl, Near Keel

Caroline and Michael Patten

Caroline Patten was born in Achill in Co.Mayo and is a graduate of National College of Art and Design. She has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004 and exhibits regulary in group shows at Graphic Studio Gallery in Temple Bar, Dublin. She currently works as an editioning printmaker at Stoney Road Press in Dublin.

In 2009, she initiated a collaboration between herself and her father Michael Patten.

Although Michael is not a formally trained artist, Caroline saw the potential in his drawings and doodles which convey, for the most part, his experience as a fisherman.

The process begins by Michael inscribing images onto prepared copper plates. With an etching needle or sharp point, he draws or scratches an image onto the surface of the waxed copper. Back at the studio in Dublin, Caroline then etches this image by submerging the plate in a bath of Ferric Chloride. This plate will become the line or master plate. Depending on the colour choice, extra plates are made. Through a process known as “aquatinting”, a resin is literally burned onto these extra plates and also etched in the acid bath. The aquatinted plates will hold the colour. The three- plate prints are then editioned on an etching press.

In addition to her input in the collaborative element of the show, Caroline has also exhibited some of her own etchings and sculptures. These shark-like figures or so called “Shrieks” are inspired by fishermen’s netting needles. The context for these figures locates itself around various beaches in Patten’s native Achill Island, Co Mayo.


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Patten, Michael

Caroline and Michael Patten

Caroline Patten was born in Achill in Co.Mayo and is a graduate of National College of Art and Design. She has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004 and exhibits regulary in group shows at Graphic Studio Gallery in Temple Bar, Dublin. She currently works as an editioning printmaker at Stoney Road Press in Dublin.

In 2009, she initiated a collaboration between herself and her father Michael Patten.

Although Michael is not a formally trained artist, Caroline saw the potential in his drawings and doodles which convey, for the most part, his experience as a fisherman.

The process begins by Michael inscribing images onto prepared copper plates. With an etching needle or sharp point, he draws or scratches an image onto the surface of the waxed copper. Back at the studio in Dublin, Caroline then etches this image by submerging the plate in a bath of Ferric Chloride. This plate will become the line or master plate. Depending on the colour choice, extra plates are made. Through a process known as “aquatinting”, a resin is literally burned onto these extra plates and also etched in the acid bath. The aquatinted plates will hold the colour. The three- plate prints are then editioned on an etching press.

In addition to her input in the collaborative element of the show, Caroline has also exhibited some of her own etchings and sculptures. These shark-like figures or so called “Shrieks” are inspired by fishermen’s netting needles. The context for these figures locates itself around various beaches in Patten’s native Achill Island, Co Mayo.


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Pedersen, Leila

Screamer

Screamer

Leila Pedersen’s principal media are drawing and printmaking, with an oeuvre which looks at concepts such as transience, narrative, theatre, sensuality, self-adornment and the whims of man and nature. The core of Pedersen’s ideology is a belief in the celebration of difference within human makeup and society. Her work looks at beauty and hope derived from the fringes of society and the ways change and growth can come from the margins.

Leila completed an MA in Fine Art Print at NCAD in 2008. The same year she won the RDS Printmaking Award, as well as the Norman Ackroyd Etching Award. She has exhibited at several locations in Ireland, as well as in Berlin and London.


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Phelan, Tom

Rita's Lilac Tree

Rita’s Lilac Tree

Tom Phelan was born in Dublin in 1970 and was educated at Blackrock College and Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design. In 1977 he was awarded one of nine international scholarships in Graphic Arts at Il Bisonte, Florence, Italy by SD Aerosace Design, Tokyo, Japan. Tom has been a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin since 1992 and has worked as an editioning printmaker and technician with artists such as Louis Le Brocquy, AR Penck, Michael Farrell, Tony O’ Malley, Felim Egan and Barry Flanagan.

Since 2003 Tom has been Master Printmaker and studio Manager of the Graphic Studio Dublin and has exhibited extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In November 2006 he showed his most recent work at the Graphic studio, Dublin.


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Pilkington, Alison

RD Circle

RD Circle

 

Alison Pilkington was born in Sligo in 1967. She graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking from Sligo RTC in 1989 and with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting from National College Art & Design in 1990. She completed an MA in Film and TV studies in Dublin City University in 1994.

Alison joined the Black Church Print Studio in 1997. She has worked in a broad range of printed techniques. The areas of printmaking that she specialises in are relief printmaking and lithography. In particular she has concentrated on an etched lino technique to produce graphic work that echoes the strong painterly qualities that she has become known for. She draws inspiration for her graphic work from her paintings. The work is process led and this ulitimatley determines the outcome of the image. She has produced large scale print installations that combine print, video and painting.

She has exhibitied widely throughout the last ten years in Ireland and abroad. Her work has been selected for group shows in Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States, and she has had solo exhibitions in Belltable Arts Centre Limerick, Sligo Art Gallery, Basement Gallery Dundalk, The Workroom Dublin, and the Kevin Kavanagh Dublin. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including OPW, Univeristy College Dublin and Bank Of Ireland.

Through her paintings, prints and installation work, Pilkington continues to explore her preoccupation with themes of placement and journeys, both psychic and physical. Influences for her work are loosely drawn from the anonymous Islamic artists whose work she has seen many times in Southern Spain and Morocco.
Her prints and paintings explore the possibility that shape, colour and abstract symbol can have diverse interpretations and the unlimited concepts of what can be expressed through them, ranging from searching the heart to mapping the stars.


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