Catherine Creaney

Catherine Creaney

Belfast, United Kingdom

About Catherine Creaney

In my work my focus is on exploring the transient nature of human expressions and effects of light upon the human form. My major influences come from the art of the Renaissance period, being left awe struck by the work I viewed on a visit in my mid twenties to Florence. Studying the works of Leonardo da Vinci and the subtleties of expressions he achieved, I have in my own work experimented with various techniques to capture human expressions in both the mediums of soft pastel and oil paint. I aim to create portraits that display the human expression in it's most intangible form, that animates the static work. I try to create a sense of life within the piece and am always striving to capture a persons essence in my work.

Light is at the heart of all that is visual and it is a major aspect of what drives my artistic vision. I enjoy exploring and experimenting with various lighting effects and find it an endless source of inspiration. I like the drama and three dimensional rendering that chiaroscuro offers and my aim is to explore fully various methods of capturing light within portraiture.

Though my inspiration stems from a classical tradition I want to create works that capture modern people. I aim through the medium of both oil and pastel to explore the art of portraiture fully, learn as much as I can about composition, light, expression and to create portraits which fully reveal each individuals unique identity.

Education

Self Taught.

Events

Will be showing at the Derwent Art Prize London in September (Details to Follow)
Now exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition, Dublin. Exhibition runs from May 27, 2014 - August 09, 2014

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2013 The Catherine Creaney Art Exhibition, Craic Theatre and Arts Centre, Coalisland

Selected Group exhibitions
2015 Royal Hibernian Academy 185th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2015 Chimera Gallery, Mullingar
2014 Trowbridge Arts Festival 2014, Trowbridge Arts, Trowbridge
2014 Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2014 The Royal Ulster Academy 133rd Annual Exhibition, The Ulster Museum, Belfast
2014 Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2011 Christmas Exhibition, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
2011 Carrie Neely Xmas at the Ivory Exhibition, Belfast
2011 The Royal Ulster Academy’s 130th Annual Exhibition, The Ulster Museum, Belfast
2010 Christmas Exhibition, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
2010 Carrie Neely Contemporary Christmas Exhibition at the Waterfront, Belfast
2010 Summer Exhibition, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
2009 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Eakin Gallery, Belfast
2009 Dungannnon Arts Festival, Linen Green, Dungannon
2009 Eakin Gallery, Belfast
2008 The Royal Ulster Academy 127th Annual Exhibition, The Titanic Quarters, Belfast
2008 Christmas Exhibition, Eakin Gallery, Belfast
2007 Dungannon Arts Festival, Linen Green, Dungannon
2006 The Royal Ulster Academy 125th Annual  Exhibition, Ormeau Baths, Belfast
2005 Eakin Gallery, Belfast

Grants & Awards
2015 The ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an outstanding art work at the 185th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition

2014 First Place in the 2014 Artist’s Magazine All-Media Online Competition

2014 Drawing Prize sponsored by the Tom Caldwell Installations at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition

2014 The Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy sponsored by Bewley’s Ltd at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition
2011 The drawing Prize sponsored by the Tom Caldwell Gallery at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 130th Annual Exhibition

2011 The Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy sponsored by Bewley’s Ltd at the Royal Ulster Academy’s 130th Annual Exhibition

Media & Publications
Award-winning artist showcased at Craic Theatre, Tyrone Times, Feb 2013
Coalisland Artist Wins Top Awards, Tyrone Times, December 2011
Against All Odds, Culture Northern Ireland, Features, March 2009
Eakin Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Inside Ireland, 2008
The Royal Ulster Academy Annual  Exhibition, Belfast Telegraph, Art Review, 2006

Commissions
2012 Private Commission, 2 portraits

Collections
Works held in numerous private collections in both the UK and Ireland