Tales from 2023, and on into 2024

Opening night in The Coach House by Pat Normoyle, December 2023

2023’s end came as somewhat of a relief for me, a year that didn’t start great and continued on in that vein. That is just life really, and aside from those matters, it did constitute a strong creative year in terms of my practice.

Not least among this was the launch and hosting of my solo exhibition in The Coach House/People’s Museum of Limerick in December last. The esteemed Pat Normoyle – of NormoyleFrawley Framing/Artmad delivered a lovely, funny and touching (short) speech, and delivered kind and inspiring words – sincere thanks Pat!

Pat cranking myself and the crowd up!

There was a great turnout for which I was most grateful, for the opening and the week that followed, and a few stocking fillers were had. I was delighted to see friends and colleagues form Contact Studios and Wickham St. Studios alike, along with new audience members. I am most fortunate to have the support of many friends in this and other endeavours over the years, and my good friend Seán Healy was most helpful throughout, in logistics and practical assistance – including manning the Mulled wine bar for the night – thanks Seán!

Seán Healy tending bar, with Wickham St. Studios’ Paul Rhattigan.

Go raibh míle míle mhaith go dtí gach duine!!!

Carl’s studio – back door view, pen on painted paper

I continue to explore Wickham St. Studios though drawings and painting since the show, experimenting with coloured paper (see above), a light green/grey type shade among other things. It gives just a bit more complexity to the end drawings, a bit more depth I feel. The composition of the above drawing also led me to make my first painting of 2024, which I’m pretty pleased with (below).

Carl’s Studio – back door, oil on board, 2024

I’ve also been exploring the first floor of Wickham St. Studios artist spaces, hallways and rooms for the last few months. They are quite complex and challenging with so many elements to convey, but most rewarding.

Wickham St. Studios, 1st floor
Esther’s desk.

Next up, some news on exhibiting with The Hunt Museum,

Go n-eírí!