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Who's your favourite artist?

2nd July 2018

Who’s your favourite artist? I asked a friend this question once and he promptly answered ‘YOU’! I loved his swift response I have to admit. But seriously, who is your favourite artist? There are many I have yet to discover but I can give you an insight into a few of the artists who made an impression on my artistic development. I’m talking in terms of visual arts and painting in this regard.

Irish Artist Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) works are fascinating to me and many are displayed in Irelands National Art Gallery. It was his later ‘expressionist’ works that intrigued me the most. I loved his experimental approach with paint and disregard for rules. The paintings possess the formulation of stories in colours and textures which are enticing and arouse curiosity. I love that you have to move around to assess all the different perspectives of his work. Jack’s paintings have fluidity and a daring attitude which I find most appealing. Paintings that are most vivid in my mind are ‘Morning in a City’ (c.1937), ‘About to Write a Letter’ (1935) and ‘The Liffey Swim’ (1920).

At the turn of the millennium a new wing of Ireland’s National Art Gallery officially opened its doors and celebrated with a special hosting of the works of The Impressionists (1860s-1880's).

My eyes were like new as I cast them upon these famous artworks for the very first time. Paint and colour never seemed so alive. The visual experience was so vibrant it felt like these paintings had been delivered, freshly made from a heavenly place.

The experience of seeing Monet’s paintings in real life instilled in me sense of what it means to be a ‘Master’. Here was the example of dedication, absolute attention to detail and true conviction of what could be achieved regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.

Artist Caroline Cunningham

"This group of painters were true to their hearts rather than the accepted ‘art norms’ of their society. I use their enduring legacy to remind myself that society does not always recognise the masters that are rising in their midst."

‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) inspired me to take a trip to Vienna to visit a gallery dedicated to his works. I was not disappointed. I was struck by the sensuality of Klimt’s works, the rich shimmering gold displays and the intricate designs, adorning the lofty feminine forms. As for the women portrayed in the paintings, I have to say I found them somewhat intimidating and remote. I couldn’t explain my reaction but at that time I had much misunderstanding and confusion with regards to the ways in which the world appeared to perceive and react to women.

There is one painting of Picasso’s (1881-1973) that is fresh in my mind even after many years of having seen it for real. I am not a fan of the ‘Cubism’ artistic style which Picasso inspired. Until I visited the Picasso museum in Barcelona, I had not considered Picasso as a colourist. The portrayal of ‘The Roofs of Barcelona’ (1902) remains strong in my mind. This was the stuff of dreams, imagination and simplicity.

"This was the stuff of dreams, imagination and simplicity."

Caroline Cunningham, Artist
My homage to Harry Clarke

Harry Clarke (1889-1931) is a remarkable Irish artist who started in book illustration and transferred his genius imagination and unique style to staining glass windows. Harry’s life was short-lived due to illness but he leaves a legacy of beautiful works which can be found in Ireland and world-wide. The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin is the home of ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ (1924), a stained glass window which was originally commissioned for the private home of Harold Jacob (the owner of famous biscuit factory in Ireland at that time).

As Harry Clarke loved themes of fairy-tales and poetry, it was finally agreed that the theme of stain-glass window would be based on a poem by John Keats entitled ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’. Harry Clarke creates imaginative fantasy worlds that are truly magical. There is so much detail in his work which surely required complete immersion in its execution.

These are just a few examples of my artists and paintings that made an impression on my artistic development.

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Caroline Cunningham

Through my art and writing I share stories and inspiration for transformation, healing and dreams turning to reality. When you visit my gallery you glimpse my journey, my authentic path. It took a ‘Break True’ moment to point me towards developing my artistic talents. It’s never too late to make a new start. I’ve achieved a lot in a relatively short time. My work has been presented in New York as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, has been displayed on county Post Office and has been show-cased on National TV. Read more about my art journey here.

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  • Multi-talented & Down to Earth

    Caroline is a multi-talented artist and one of the most down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Her work in reflexology is second to none. She is completely dedicated to the well being of her clients. Caroline’s singing is truly magnificent, and an experience that the world really needs to prepare for.

    Fran Malone, Hypnotherapy, Cork, Dublin, Ireland

  • Tremendously Talented &
    Authentic Soul

    Caroline is an incredible artist, her grace and beauty are reflected in her work which is a real treat. I’ve also had the privilege of witnessing Caroline sing in Hebrew, she is a tremendously talented singer. Caroline is a really authentic soul who is not afraid to be herself and I so admire that about her.

    Madeleine Forrest, Tourism & Events, Carlow, Ireland

  • Her Readers Travel With Her

    Caroline is a gifted artist with so many additional talents. Caroline’s gift with words offers her readers to travel with her. This is an artist I will be following closely. It was an honour for me to support Caroline in reaching her ‘Fund-It’ target for her art exhibition ‘The Sacred Lives Of Trees’.

    Brenda Bergin, Seniorpreneurs Ireland

  • Renaissance Woman

    Caroline has many talents and will be able to write a beautiful poem, paint a lovely picture and even sing at your wedding. Her travel writing stories are captivating. She is certainly a renaissance woman and if you have her to do anything for you she will put her all into it and make sure you are happy with the finished product.

    Jackie De Sousa, London, UK

  • A Great Affinity with Earth & Humanity

    I love Caroline’s art which conveys a peaceful, deep understanding of the essence of place, through colours, fluid shapes and perfect light, evoking smell, time of day and her connection with nature.

    Read more...

    Caroline is also a talented writer, sharing her experiences in an easy to read style. Her honesty and interest in the simple, everyday details and lives of other cultures is compelling and revealing. She shows a great affinity with humanity and the earth we inhabit.

    Sinead O’Gorman,Historian & Actress, Wexford, Ireland

  • A Fund of Talent

    In representing the Carlow Association of London at the St Patrick’s Parade in New York in 2015 it was my role to make a presentation to Carlow Association of New York. I wanted something special to show the link between Carlow, New York and London.

    Read more...

    I contacted Caroline by phone a few days prior to the visit & soon the painting entitled ‘Mind the Gap’ was born. It was well received in New York as was her poem of the same title. I cannot recommend Caroline highly enough. She’s a fund of talent with great ability in going that extra bit further.

    John Nolan, Carlow London Association, UK

  • Powerful & Magical Piece of Art

    I love art and I’m the privileged owner of Caroline’s ‘Break true’. Caroline has uncannily captured in a most beautiful way, a woman breaking through the ties of her life and reaching for freedom. It’s now a daily reminder of the strength I found within to change my life. A truly powerful and magical piece of art which I will always treasure for many personal reasons. Caroline has many gifts to share with the world and I wish her success in all that she does.

    Teresa McGrath, Hypnotherapy, Dublin, Ireland

  • Vibrant & Radiant

    Caroline’s use of colour makes even a naked winter tree look vibrant and radiates in any room graced with her art.

    Gavin Duffy, Investor, Dragon & Presidential Candidate 2018

  • Striking & Courageous

    Caroline’s ‘Break True’ art piece is so well defined even in it’s title, representing a moment of awakening. It’s a striking work depicting true nature, light and shadow and the courage it takes to push through with authenticity. I’m also the proud owner of Caroline’s artwork & books and she is featured in my own book entitled Dreaming Doors.

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