Young Woman and the Sea

Clare People, Tuesday, 4 October, 2005

Joe O Muircheartaigh

An overturned boat in Kilkee, a trawler on stilts in Fenit – boats everywhere. They’ve a magnet for Ennis-based artist Maeve O’Reilly – you could certainly say that something in the sea is drawing her.

The pull will be in an inland direction over the next few weeks, but still there will be no getting away from the sea. All because, in the County Museum, Maeve’s magnetic attraction to boats off the coast of Clare and everywhere will be on view.

“I’m drawn to old fishing boats because of the combination of the brightness of the paintwork, which is affected by the sea and the passage of time”, she says. “I love the rustiness, the textures, the layers of peeling paint, the light bouncing off the water, the wear and tear, the richness of colour and evidence like wrinkles of the ravages of time” she adds. Wrinkles wrought on boats through the ravages of time come out in her oil paintings which are based on photographs and sketches taken on trips around Clare, as well as Kerry and Wexford.

A graduate of Fine Art from Limerick College of Art, Maeve is also a qualified art and design teacher with over ten years experience in providing courses to groups and individuals of all ages. As a working artist, Maeve has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad. Earlier this year she participated in the Co-operation Ireland Group Exhibition in London. She has been invited to participate in the Artists in Schools Scheme, which is administered by the Arts Office of Clare County Council and supported by the Arts Council.

The exhibition was launched in the museum by curator John Rattigan on Monday night and will run until October 15.

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