The Doorway Gallery summer show called ‘A Summer Selection’ is quite an eclectic mix of work, including atmospheric landscapes , vibrant still life’s , bronze and ceramic sculpture. New work from the gallery artists include Lucy Doyle, Ken Browne, Christy Keeney, Roisin O’Farrell, Chris Wilson, Jonathan Knuttel, Cormac O’Leary, Karen Wilson, Kate Beagan, Francis Boag, and many more. Also new artists include Heidi Wickham, David Coyne, Ursula Kingler, Kate Campbell, Fred McElwee, William Stevens and many more.

The Doorway Gallery walls are covered for the summer show with a very large and impressive exhibition; there really is something for everyone – not to be missed!

About the artists:

Cormac O'Leary

Cormac O'Leary was born in Cork city, Ireland in 1969. He studied fine art at Sligo RTC from 1987 to 1991. Since then he has exhibited his work widely in Ireland, the UK and America. He lives in County Leitrim with his family.

Awards include Leitrim County Council Artist's Bursary Award (2007 / 10 / 12 ), Milliken Bros. Art Materials Award (2000), Iontas painting award (2001), Irish Arts Council / An Chomairle Ealionn Grant awards (1993 / 94), D. O'Sullivan Graphics Ltd., Best Student Award (1991).

Kate Beagan

Kate is an Irish Artist currently living in Co. Monaghan. She has exhibited throughout Ireland and Australia. Over the years she has won many art awards such as the Australian Rotring award for Drawing and the Henry Chapman award for watercolour.

Simplicity would seem to be an identifying factor in Kate’s work, but simplicity is a deceiving concept. Using light and colour, she reveals the essence of the subjects she selects to paint. Children playing at the shore are among her most popular images, with landscapes and vilage scenes coming in a close second.

She prefers the challenge of the smaller painting with oil on canvas being her medium of choice. She uses canvas she stretches herself for maximum results.

Her subject matter ranges from broad sweeping landscapes, beach scenes to townscapes. There is an underlying warmth to her work. Her style is figurative, romantic and moody. Kate's work has been purchased by the Department of Health and the Department of Justice.

Jackie Edwards

Born in Croydon, London to Irish parents, Jackie Edwards is now based in County Wexford, Ireland. She has been painting since childhood and attended Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design and has held and taken part in over 39 exhibitions to date, both group and solo, held in Ireland, Scotland and Berlin.

Her paintings are the study of character and dynamic found in the human figurative form using oils, or an oil and egg tempera combination as her main medium.

Her passion lies with the beautiful techniques of the Old Masters. Using linen or wooden panel as her chosen surface, the process involves carefully building up layers of translucent, semi-opaque oil glazes over an opaque monochromatic under-painting, in either oil or egg tempera, which transcend light and depth of colour, resulting in an illuminating quality to the finished piece that could not be achieved through any other means.

This is a classical method of painting that Jackie continuously strives to improve on.

Ursula Klinger

The artist Ursula Klinger was born in Germany, where she first studied at the university in her home town of Duesseldorf, and then graduated in fine art and history from the university of Aachen. After travelling through Ireland she chose Connemara as her second home for ten years before moving her Irish base to Dublin in the late nineties. Further travel led her to spend several months at a time in the USA, New Zealand, Spain, and Malta.

She works mainly in oils and watercolours although several commissions for churches in Ireland involved the use of woodcarving, enamels and many other media. She has shown her paintings in various exhibitions in Ireland and Germany. Her work can be found in numerous collections in Ireland, Germany, Holland, Greece, Mexico and the USA.

Lucy Doyle

"For my new solo show I have sourced inspiration from my favourite fairy stories. From exotic tales of Arabian princesses to the moralistic fables of the Grimm Brothers. I have alluded to various elements in these stories that help to develop and expand my compositions, rather than an actual literal interpretation. To create the mood I wanted, I have heightened my reds, and enriched my yellows and I have looked to Isnik ceramic decorative tiles to inspire my blues and greens. I have attempted to incorporate the atmosphere of deep, dark forests, full of contrasts of mystery and suspense, nurture and protection. Many of my patterns and decorative motifs are sourced from ancient Mogul art and design. With each show I like to challenge myself by pushing boundaries. For me this prevents stagnation and hopefully produces paintings that are vibrant, colourful and full of vitality."

Barry Fitzpatrick

"While music trades in the world of emotions, literature in human relationships, art trades in the world of appearances. The relationships between matter and memory, space and time are means by which the fugitive nature of appearances can be held, suspending the temporal in the concrete. What I find most intriguing is the possibility of creating images which while maintaining a forceful sense of presense do not rely on naturalistic or photographic representations of form. Painting is and always has been an exploration into the metaphysical architecture of human consciousness."