National Featured Artist Delgany – WicklowNews


A Wicklow artist who uses ballpoint pens as her primary tool to tackle unusual images of cultural icons will be in the spotlight as Ireland’s premier art fair, Art Source, returns to RDS from 12 to November 14.

Holly Christine Callaghan, who lives in Delgany, is a portrait illustrator who will join 200 of the best contemporary Irish and international artists alongside a contemporary art collection worth € 1.3 million.

Using her experience as a new mother, Holly aims to channel the strength of vulnerability that many women find in their lives.

Her artist statement, to portray strong women, led her to collaborate as an artist to create 21 Portraits of a Forgotten Irish Woman for author Clodagh Finn’s book, Through Her Eyes – A New Story from Ireland in 21 women.

She also worked as the lead illustrator for the hand-drawn film Home which follows a young female protagonist through her experiences of the Irish Famine.

“The portrait is my first love as an artist, and I wanted to return to this discipline for Art Source,” said Holly.

“What I like to work with right now is taking iconic figures, especially women but not exclusively, and presenting them in moments unknown.

“I use cinema photos, or search for photographs of them when they are older than what we usually see, to capture a sense of vulnerability and the strength that exists there.”

Art Source will present a collection of masterpieces worth 1.3 million euros with works by Andy Warhol, Banksy and Damien Hirst.

The collection of contemporary art stars is presented by Gormleys Fine Art, and will feature Mick Jagger’s iconic portrait of Warhol, signed by both artist and singer, valued at € 125,000.

The collection will also include works by Joan Miro, Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali, Robert Indiana and Keith Haring as well as Irish artists Maser, Peter Monaghan and Stephen Forbes.

More than 15,000 people are expected at the biggest and most exciting art exhibition of the year, which will feature 200 of the best contemporary Irish and international artists and galleries.

And Irish art lovers also have the unique chance to get their hands on 100 original works of art for € 100 each on a first come, first served basis on the opening morning of the exhibition on Friday the 12th. November.

This year, Art Source presents painting, sculpture, photography, illustration, printmaking and ceramic art.

“Art Source offers visitors the opportunity to purchase a unique and affordable original work of art to make their home unique and also the opportunity to meet the artists and hear about their work,” said the organizer of the Patrick O’Sullivan show.

The show will also offer a free art workshop for children where young people can work creatively on the nature theme around us.

Art Source takes place at RDS, Dublin, November 12-14, admission is € 10 for adults, € 8 for OAPs. Children under 16 free if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Opening hours: Friday Nov 12: 11 am-9pm, Sat Nov 13 and Sun Nov 14: 10 am-6pm.


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