The North West Painters are holding an exhibition in the Playhouse, Artillery St, Derry in the walled quarter of the city.
The exhibition by the local group of painters, Patsy Brennan, Neil Carrigan and Mary Cowley runs from 21st November to the 5th of December.
"We paint outdoors, on location, much in the same tradition of the French Brabazon and Impressionist painters. This is where the name Plein Air painting originated, French for ‘Open Air' painting. The technique requires fine observation of shape and colour to produce an image. Each of the artists carefully record and interpret the landscape in their choice of media" a spokesperson said.
Patsy Brennan, co-founder of the North-West Painters is a well known local artist who has participated in local group exhibitions over the past number of years and regularly shows his work in Derry galleries. Patsy enjoys using a thick impasto technique which he uses to capture the scene. He brings a textural quality to his work, reminiscent of many of Monet paintings. Patsy keeps us organised through the North West Painters page on www.pleineire.ning.com . Contact him if you would like to join us for a great paintout.
Neil Carrigan, co-founder of the North West Painters, works predominantly in oil colours. He modernises the work of the traditional plein air movement, simplifying patterns in the landscape while paying close attention to light. Like some of the impressionists he doesn't use black in his palate yet creates shadow and depth using strong colour and tone. Neil was elected associate member of the Arts Society of Ulster in 2006. He exhibits with them regularly in N.Ireland, and has also exhibited work in other group exhibitions both, locally and in Dublin. This year Neil had work accepted for the collection of the Altnagelvin Hospital Trust, and is there on public display.
Mary Cowley, from Inishowen, is an accomplished watercolourist using Arches quality watercolour paper and professional artist quality paints. . Mary has exhibited in local galleries and has held herfirst solo exhibition -Eclectic Watercolours, at Eden Place Art Centre, Pilots Row, Derry in September 2009 the exhibition ran for 10 days. The original artwork was well received. As Mary says "Love of Inishowen and France is often reflected in my colourful work, I'm drawn to quiet, intimate, secluded places within my immediate landscape. I enjoy painting buildings and seascapes."
If you should wish to join us, the best way, at present is to contact us through the PLEINEIRE website, and Patsy will be glad to let you know when the next paint out is on.
"Each of us hopes you enjoy this, our first exhibition. We look forward to many more. So do tell at least one other person about us and what you liked!" the spokesperson said.