A virtual cornucopia of art images and multimedia art experiences by visual artists James Hayes & Lorraine Whelan in an online gallery format.
Below are links to the newest artwork available to view in our online
art gallery website, highlighting artwork from various exhibitions
& commissions, as well as links to our other online art work
to the left. These show artwork from artist James Hayes' eclectic
approach to sculpture, bronze casting, and installation art. There
are also many examples of artist Lorraine Whelan's artwork, featuring
paintings, drawings, and many other art works since 1989.
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retinal afterimages seen during illness.
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|LORRAINE WHELAN : BACKGROUND
I was born in Toronto, Canada, of Irish immigrant parents,
something which has a great influence on both my life and
work as I am fascinated with my heritage. In 1988, several
years after my university graduation (York University, Toronto),
I decided to move to Ireland, where half my family currently
For over 25 years, I have created "bodies" of work
starting with a large group of emotional, figurative works
on paper which comprised my first solo exhibition in Dublin
in 1989. The study of dreams played a large part in my earlier
work, and many works developed from the use of dream imagery.
My next solo exhibition, My Tower
of Strength, consisted of a series of paintings and drawings
which were physically based on the architecture of stone building
ruins (common throughout Ireland), yet, through style and
colour, sought to express something more than the "actual".
For some time now, I have become increasingly aware that my
work is inspired by changes in my environment and circumstance,
and I am happiest with my work when it is challenged by such
changes. For instance, my involvement with the Art & Industry
Placement Programme in 1995, led to the development of a new
way for me to look at art and materials: I had a residency
in a pharmaceutical factory and sought to explore the humanity
of the workers within this sterile environment. In addition,
I personally realised the validity of a temporary approach
to artmaking. The resulting exhibition, Hand
in Hand, was created on material familiar to the factory
workers (enamel on plastic sheeting), the imagery was based
directly on the workers, and the exhibition was hung in the
staff canteen for the enjoyment of all the staff. While I
do not believe this is the only way to work, the entire experience
was extremely satisfying and had an important effect on my
methods of working and outlook on creation. Immediately following
the end of this project, I began working on a double installation,
Pastures Green and Dreaming for Dad. This exhibition consisted
of tiny, elegant paintings on hand made paper and large, expressive
paintings on domestic net curtains. Pastures Green is a tribute
to my father, who died the previous year, in 1995.
Since then, I have worked on other projects in response to
a specific brief, site, concept, or combination of these.
While I have found that my artistic life functions well when
pushed outside the almost monastic studio mould, I do consider
myself primarily a painter. In 1997 I began work on sketches
and drawings for a series of paintings on canvas based on
flowers. Initially, the sketches were made as research for
a temporary commission in Dublin, using materials such as
acetate and transparent adhesive coloured film. As a temporary
body of work, the flowers were to be colourful and stylised,
appropriate to the chosen media and site. As paintings on
canvas, my concerns were to express a joy and richness appropriate
to the subject. The resulting body of work, Blessings,
was exhibited in Bray and in Ballyjamesduff in 1999 and 2000
respectively. With the birth of my daughter in 2002 the desire
for the expression of joy in my work is paramount. During
the first few years of motherhood, I created a series of mixed
media works on paper and canvas to celebrate my daughter's
life. This work, For Elise,
was exhibited in August 2005 at the Courthouse Arts Centre,
Tinahely in a joint exhibition with sculptor James Hayes (my
husband and father to Elise).
In May 2009 I began Placement©,
an ongoing temporary project, in which I print out images
of artwork from my 25+ years oeuvre onto standard mailing
labels and then put them in various locations. The project
allows me freedom to experiment and to take a number of issues
into consideration, such as scale, site, context, disposability,
In 2010 I completed the painting series Homebody
Child, which explored the themes of motherhood, childhood
and domesticity. In 2011 I started a body of work, Moments,
which were a further development on these themes, using images
that are specific to my life and family history. This work
continues to express generic/universal themes as I explore
issues of Memory, Family, Place and Time.
In early 2013 I got involved with
The Big Egg Hunt Dublin in order to help raise funds for
the children's charity The
Jack & Jill Foundation. I also started a blog
and set up a FaceBook
In 2014, after completing a large triptych, Maritime
Alps, for the Moments
series, I started some new work. Fever
Afterimages is the culmination of some ideas which have
been percolating in the background over the past couple of
years. These monoprints, drawings and paintings are the direct
result of being fascinated by compositions of retinal images
during a personal illness.
|JAMES HAYES : BACKGROUND
was born in the USA, raised in Ottawa & Toronto, Canada
where I attended CTS for a 3 year Fine Art Diploma. I completed
my Fine Art Degree at Dun
Laoghaire Institute in 2002, and in 2004 I completed a Master
of Science Degree in Multimedia Systems at Trinity College
In my sculptural work I use objects, images, colours, and materials
that I consider both simple and iconic, and I combine them to
suggest ideas, personal histories, emotions, memories and dreams.
My approach to my artwork is diverse, unique, and appropriate
to the circumstances.
My recent artworks focus on my very new experiences as a father,
standing in the reflected light of the classic mother and child.
These figurative bronze & ceramic sculptures were exhibited
as part of the "For Elise"
exhibition with artist Lorraine Whelan.
I experiment with photography, printing images onto various materials (most notably glass, metal and painted surfaces) and incorporating them into a sculptural context. I enjoy the craft of woodworking and in "Tables/Tableaux" I used traditional lathe-work and carpentry.
I have been involved in a number of projects which are experimental in nature and direction, thus freeing me from the usual studio approach to art making. The Emo Court Artists Symposium 2005 gave me the opportunity to create an immense land art work "Evidence". This was a fantastic opportunity for me, as how often do you get a chance to recreate such a large area into a piece of artwork?
Both the "Home" exhibition and the "Temple Bar Street Art Symposium" were projects geared directly towards raising awareness of the issues of life in and on the streets.
The "Umha Aois" projects, five
of which I have helped to organise & run, are bronze casting
symposia with the purpose of rediscovering ancient casting technologies
and as such are very experimental in approach. As an active
member of the Umha Aois Organising Committee I was committed
to building on the successes of this experimental approach and
to empowering my fellow artists through the experiences of the
symposia. I still manage the Umha Aois website, as well as participating
on the ongoing projects as an artist and technician.
Recently I began experimenting with using video in my sculptural and installation work. I have also begun to use the techniques discovered through the Umha Aois symposia to create components of my artwork, and am pleased with the results.
In 2005 I completed my first large scale commission, a fountain entitled "Ball!", for Jim Hayes in Iowa City. This consisted of 3 bronze figures and a bronze ball, arranged in a circular fountain.
I have also had several opportunities to create truly large
scale work. At the "Emo Court Artsts
Symposium 2005" I created an image of my fingerprint
measuring 120 metres by 80 meters by burning the image into
a harvested field. At the 2006 "Sculpture
in Context" exhibiton at the National Botanic Gardens
Dublin, I created another large scale image of my fingerprint.
I used decorative white gravel on dark soil, along a riverbank
measuring 35 meters by 5 meters.
In 2007 I was commissioned to create a large public artwork
for a new Garda Station in Oranmore, Co. Galway. This large
artwork "Evidence 2007"
was inspired by Evidence 2005 created
at Emo Court, and played on notions of justice associated with
the work of the Garda Siochana.
During 2007 and 2008 I worked on a collaborative artwork with
fellow artist Niall O'Neill. This public artwork
"Horseplay" was created using techniques Niall
& I have researched through the Umha
Aois Experimental Bronze Casting Project. The whole community
was involved through bronze casting demonstrations we presented
at the Aughrim National School. The artwork was made up of over
200 horses designed by the students of the school, cast and
welded together by myself & Niall into the form of a stylised
rocking horse, which the children of the school can play on
and interact with daily.
Also during 2008 I was commissioned to produce commemorative
plaques for the 150th anniversary of Charles
Barrington being the first person to climb the Eiger Peak
in Switzerland. Two plaques were erected in Switzerland - at
Grindelwald and partway up the Eiger - and one plaque was erected
in Barrington's home town of Bray, Co Wicklow in Ireland.
In 2009 I completed a public art commission for the new Department
of Revenue Decentralised Offices in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
Tendril is a large artwork
made up of 10 laser cut stainless steel panels.
In September 2010 I installed a large commission for the Athlone
Institute of Technology. Sierpinski's
Growth is a much larger and permanent reworking of the sculpture
I did for the 2007 Sculpture in
In April 2011 I installed a large outdoor wall mounted sculpture
at the new Library & Arthouse Studios in Stradbally. Growth
is a large, fractal inspired artwork made up of 20 laser cut
stainless steel components.
During October and November 2011 I installed a large concrete
and stainless steel sculpture Menger
Pyramid Coláiste Choilm (a boys secondary school),
Tullamore. I have put together a series of time lapse videos
2, and part
three) of the installation, as it took over a month to slot
this large puzzle together!
In December 2011 I installed Fishing
for Knowledge, a sculpture I made through a workshop led
process with Causeway National Scool in County Kerry. The staff
& students of the school took the opportunity to add personal
messages and images to the scales of a giant Salmon which was
then cast in bronze and installed at a nearby housing estate.
In April 2012 I was approached to create a sculpture for the
gates of the brand new Powerscourt National School. The catch
was that there was a very short proposal time and they needed
it installed before May 30th. My proposal was selected, and
the artwork Flow is
now installed after a whirlwind development process.
In January 2013 I decided to get involved in the Big
Egg Hunt Dublin, a fund raising event for The
Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, by creating an artwork
on one of their provided large fibre-glass eggs. I am very pleased
with the resulting egg, "Hilbert
Curve", which will be auctioned off in March to raise
money for the charity. I have also created a time
lapse video of the entire 8 day process compressed into
In July 2013 I was approached by the Kildare County Arts Officer
with regard to producing an artwork for the Newbridge Town Bicentenary.
It was hoped that the artwork would be produced in time for
the Newbridge Grassroots Festival in September 2013, however
due to various delays a decision on the commission was not made
until late October. The sculpture Sentinel
as completed in January 2014 and was installed at the entrance
to Newbridge Town in November. The official launch took place
Dec 8th 2014.