SIOBHAN Bulfin’s exhibition Over the Bank opened in Áras an Chontae last Friday, December 9 to a large crowd.
Featuring paintings and sculptures of her passion for horses, the exhibition includes a spectacular life size model of a leaping horse in the window.
Hailing from Shinrone, Siobhán comes from a long line of creative Bulfin’s, from her grandfather William who wrote Rambles in Éireann to her uncle Michael the well known sculptor.
The Bulfin legacy is something Siobhán is very proud of, so much so her mother Jane opened her exhibition.
Jane spoke of how proud she is of her daughter, particularly since her remarkable recovery from serious injuries resulting from a riding accident in 2006 which rendered her unable to speak for some time.
According to Jane, one of Siobhán’s first requests while in hospital was for paint, so afraid was she that the accident may have affected her ability to draw and paint.
When it became apparent that her talent was intact, Siobhan’s recovery blossomed and in 2008 she won a commission by Horse Racing Ireland for a life size sculpture at their headquarters in the Curragh.
Since then she has continued to paint and sculpt prolifically and is now represented by the Jorgenson Gallery where editions of her bronze sculptures often sell out to an international audience.
Proceeds from the exhibition in Aras an Chontae go towards Offaly Down Syndrome and the exhibition continues until January 20.
For more information on the artist see www.sbulfin.com