The Craft Granary will host the following Events and Exhibitions over the coming months. If you are interested in attending please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
A Collection of paintings by David Baird.
There was a time when I would only ever paint dogs and horses. I enjoyed solving the various colours, shapes, textures and getting a reasonable likeness and of course it helped to have a fondness for these animals. How can you not love horses?
In July 2007 I went as usual to the local Clonmel Show, hoping to take a couple of photos that I may later use. The sun was shining, great light and the horses looked fantastic! I was still using a film camera so I had to wait for the results. I can remember looking through the exposures and wondering why one in particular held my attention. Yes, the backlit horse looked great, but really no better than some of the others. I had to admit there was something about the rider standing at the horses head. The outfit, top hat and veil that never fails to conjure up up that timeless elegance of bygone years. I had other work to do but the image constantly stayed in my mind, until the following year when I decided to paint “Side Saddle Lady”. Thank you Karyn Kennedy, you were to be the inspiration and first in this series of “Horse People”, collected here and there, that became the main focus of my work over most of the following ten years.
Racing appears to predominate although this wasn’t the original intention. Parade rings are a near perfect arena for what I now call “Artarazzi”. If horses are there to be seen, then so too are all those involved; owners, trainers, jockeys and stable hands and all within an almost intimate setting.
I have always felt very fortunate to be working at the fringe of this fantastic Equine industry in Ireland. Today, there can be few sports, professional or otherwise, where you can move freely among participants while they go about their business. During the summer at Ballindenisk, I just happened across a certain Sir Mark Todd washing a set of boots in a black plastic bucket. Thirty feet away, Michael Ryan stood laughing on his mobile phone while, in the other direction, a small child hung grimly onto a pulling black and white terrier. All of life is there for me, an endless seam of moments.
I accept responsibility for all the photographic reference later used in the current collection of paintings, apart from one. Despite standing two paces to the left of the photographer as we snapped Ruby Walsh, her taking on shot to my four, hers was the image I much preferred. Thank you Tina Whelan.
The paintings themselves are really quite simple, with a fair amount of detail. No doubt I’ve taken from early days when as children we would avidly collect cards for “Uniforms of the World”. All figures on black background. No distraction, just an emphasis on the subject to hand. It is a recollection that has stayed in my mind through the years.
My hope in this collection was to capture the essence of the character in the individual I painted; caught in a moment, unaware, in their natural environment. This necessitated a degree of stealth on my part. While there are many well known faces from the racing fraternity among the collection, there are also a few lesser known characters whom I have recently been able to put names to. However hard I’ve tried a few mysteries remain. Should you recognize anyone who features here, then please tell them. Pass it on.
Over the years, I have continually delayed putting my work “out there”, on public display. There were always convenient reasons not to; the constant desire to add just one more, that particular photograph, a certain person caught in a good light and all of which had to be included. The original intended series long ago became “The Collection”.
I would sincerely like to thank all those who became part of this collection. I hope I haven’t taken too many liberties. Thank you all.
No more excuses, I hope you like it.
Note: The Gallery at the Craft Granary is open each day 10am to 6pm & 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, Closed some Sundays (so please check with us before arriving).
Deirdre Dunne is an Irish born Artist who obtained her Honors Degree in Fine Art Painting at Crawford College of Art in Cork Ireland. Since her studies she has bicycled through Asia, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Central America, as well as working for 5 years as a Tour Guide in Australia and Africa.
Throughout these experiences she has been continuously sketching and painting images from each of the countries she has passed through, including her native Ireland. With each continent she encounters, her work changes to portray the wildlife, the people, their land and their cultures, creating a kaleidoscope of images spanning the world over. Her subject matter varies from everyday kitchen scenes to camels in the Gobi desert.
Deirdre Dunne Exhibition ‘Across Continents’ now open in the Craft Granary.
Open six days. Running until October. Please call in to view the wonderful unique work on display.
Artist Deirdre Dunne had her launch night on Friday the 17th August at 6.30 in The Craft Granary.
When horses filled my life, I painted horses. Now mountains surround me, so naturally I paint mountains. Mountains and skies, because they can only exist together, reflecting, conversing. These paintings don’t necessarily aim at showing what it looks like, but how it feels like. To let the eyes stare at a subject dreamily, intently, absentmindedly, accurately, inadvertently, obsessively, timelessly. Until a paintbrush takes over, with his own mind and opinion of the moment and tells the artist to surrender. It is said that you’ve never properly seen anything if you haven’t painted it. I used to think landscapes were boring, but have since discovered that they too carry souls, feelings, attitudes. May one of these canvas inspire you to climb up a hill, follow a stream, trace a ridge. A new ancient world awaiting at your doorstep to be rediscovered endlessly.