Making Hay at the Blue House Gallery, Schull

Christine Thery - Making Hay

August at the Blue House Gallery in Schull continues with shows from three well loved artists. From 18 August, Heir Island painter Christine Thery shows traditional scenes of farming in West Cork while Angela Fewer’s ‘Shoreline’ paintings are complemented by the sculpture of Holger Lonze. The opening is on Friday 18 August from 6 – 8pm, and all are invited to view the work, meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine.

Christine Thery’s paintings reflect her interest in the rural life that is all around her. She is inspired by living on Heir Island, which still retains elements of a traditional but dwindling rural way of life, and she fills sketch books with ideas for paintings. She says ‘In those books I use charcoal and pastels for quick sketches. Sometimes I work outside but mostly pictures are painted in the studio from material I have collected, as I am not generally interested in straight landscapes, but more about living in those landscapes.’ Christine’s new body of work for this exhibition is a series of beautiful and evocative paintings, suffused with golden summer light. Entitled ‘Making Hay’, the work provides a glimpse back in time at traditional methods in use before the mechanisation of farming became ubiquitous.

As a trained architect, Angela Fewer brings her interest in the manipulation of space and structure to her paintings so that the work hovers between abstraction and representation. For Angela as well as Christine, Heir Island is a source of inspiration, with its inlets, cliffs and shoreline representing the close relationship between land and sea in its never ending patterns and structure. She says ‘My work is inspired by the layering and weathering of the landscape, the vertical and horizontal bands of ancient rock found around our coasts, the sea and the sky. Water is one of the fundamental elements of which our earth is made, rock is another. Cliffs are the meeting place of sea, land and sky. These elements are conceptualised and abstracted in my paintings.’

Sculptor Holger Lonze has a passion for maritime traditions, archaeology, folklore and the Irish language, resulting in a poetic response to the rich culture and landscape of the European Atlantic seaboard, which he has also experienced directly during voyages in self-made curachs. He uses modern fabrication technology to complement experimentation with archaeological practices, including low-carbon Bronze Age metal casting and the use of regenerative and recycled materials, an approach that brings local archaeology alive, and offers a unique approach with a deeply sustainable ethos. 

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