BIRR Theatre and Arts Centre will play host to artist Barbara Craig’s exhibition until the end of June.
Living in Newtownards in Northern Ireland this is Barbara’s first solo show in the Republic of Ireland. Having obtained a degree in Fashion/Textiles from the University of Ulster in 1980, Barbara worked in fashion for a number of years before qualifying as a member of the Master Craftsman Farmers Society when she worked at Sheldon Gallery in Newtownards as Assistant Gallery Manager. Barbara is a full-time artists since 2004.
“Why do I create the art that I do? I’m a walker. I spend a lot of time in the countryside. Every walk will contain an instance that permeates, the details evaporate and an impression of a beautiful moment from that day remains; the light, colours, patterns, the movement, a wide vista or a particular spot will trigger my mind to hold onto that moment and distilled it flows on the page,” said the artist.
She said she can see the landscape and capture its significant elements in her mind’s eye and loves the colours and wants to paint their intensity, put the energy of the elements onto brushstrokes and mark making.
“When the physicality of the act of painting takes over and the brain disengages its wonderful… joyful. To me a planned picture is a wearisome thing. I thrive on spontaneity in applying media, impulsive and intuitive, a restraint of detail. Relinquishing control and painting without anxiety gives me great satisfaction.
“My work is not the cerebral, when it is successful it is happy emotion. There is process in the application of the media but not in the reasoning of the painting. To achieve total freedom when completing a piece is my goal.
“Our path on this land is not that profound. As with the weather and the seasons we come and then we are gone. So I want to tread softly and try not to impose my will on the landscape. I attempt to keep it simple, be dramatic, have vitality and joy in the work. A celebration of our land.”