Edenderry artist to exhibit at Áras an Chontae

OFFALY born artist, Willie Redmond, will exhibit his latest body of work entitled, ‘Home Truths’, at Áras an Chontae, Offaly County Council, from Tuesday next March 1 until Friday April 1.

OFFALY born artist, Willie Redmond, will exhibit his latest body of work entitled, ‘Home Truths’, at Áras an Chontae, Offaly County Council, from Tuesday next March 1 until Friday April 1.

The exhibition, which is based on the landscapes of the Midland bogs and the surrounding waterways, is inspired by the countryside where Willie grew up. Áras an Chontae will host an official launch on March 4. The exhibition is open to the public daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm and entry is free.

The title of the exhibition, ‘Home Truths’ plays on the connection between home, truth and beauty, while also focusing on painting what the artist knows or is familiar with. An Offaly native, Willie’s passion for nature and bogs grew over the years, as he was surrounded by the Bog of Allen, where he witnessed firsthand the changes to the land from an industrial landscape to smaller holdings.

Commenting on the exhibition ‘Home Truths’, artist Willie Redmond said, “The transient nature of the environment is always present and this is what makes bogs such a fascinating and interesting subject matter. It contains textures and contours - the basis of all landscape art. It is bright and alive, open and airy. It can also be dark and moody, dangerous and unforgiving. It also reflects the cycle and rhythms of life and time that exude in its presence.”

Willie Redmond has exhibited at a number of solo shows including ‘Rhapsody’ and ‘4’ in Dublin, and ‘Watermark’ in Wicklow. He has also taken part in a number of group shows including ‘EVA’ in Limerick, ‘The National Portraits Exhibition in Arnotts in Dublin, and most recently the Art Fairs which took place the RDS over the last few years.

Now based in Dublin, Willie’s work deals with subjects and landscapes in a narrative style. The panels of his paintings are divided into various weights, which depict mood, texture, movement, detail, lines and rhythms. Willie, who is originally from Edenderry, is a self thought artist who specialises in acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed mediums.

Willie credits the Offaly County Council and their support to artist’s scheme for helping get his career off the ground. The artist’s scheme offers studios to aspiring artists, an important local resource, in order to develop an awareness and appreciation of the work of the artist in the community.