Print Studio Member Profiles

This page contains information about our Print Studio and work from our members, along with links to their websites and stores.

The daily rate for our print studio is only €30, allowing anyone easy access to printing facilities when needed. Full-time membership grants you 24 hour access to workshop facilities, eligibility to submit work to future Creative Spark exhibitions, an opportunity to be part of a community of printmakers, and more. Further information can be found on this application form.

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Bernhard Gaul

I’m a painter, but I also enjoy the more industrial and collaborative nature of print making. I generally try to find collaboration with others and am an active member of Art as Exchange, Dundalk.

Recent exhibitions and projects:

  • Art as Exchange Postcard Project. Public events: Drogheda Arts Festival, DkIT and Creative Spark, Dundalk, January – May 2017
  • “Stretch”, Creative Spark residency and print studio exhibition, Basement Gallery, Dundalk, October – November 2017
  • “No Fixed Abode”, Homelessness Fundraising Exhibition, The Copper House Gallery, Dublin, November – December 2017
Bernhard Gaul screenprint image - Monoprint I

Bernhard Gaul Monoprint I

Bernhard Gaul screenprint image - Sculpture PhotoPolymer

“Sculpture”, photo polymer etching, 1/13 EV, 2016

 

Website:
http://bgxmag.com

Blathnaid McClean

Blathnaid is a Dundalk-based designer with a Bachelors in Fashion Design (NCAD), and a post-grad in Bespoke Tailoring (National Tailoring Academy, Dublin).

Her work is largely influenced by print and applied texture on fabric. She has previously created pieces with hand-painted silk and silk fibres bonded onto wool.

Reoccurring themes influencing her work include German Expressionist films from the 1920’s and the stark black and white Chiaroscuro lighting effects used.

Her website can be found at BlanaidMcClean.com
Outfit 5 photo image

Katrina Tamova photo image

Ciara Agnew

Ciara Agnew is a painter who works from her studio at in Mullacrew. Having graduated from the University of Ulster with a Degree in Fine and Applied Arts (specialising in painting) in 2001, Ciara moved into Bridge Street Studios shortly afterwards and continued to be a member till 2011.
Ciara creates abstract paintings which reflect her concerns with the impermanence of life. She explores our relationship to the world that surrounds us, both physically and spiritually, through horizontal and vertical strips and blocks of colour, which are all around us. She intentionally avoids perfection, as the world we live in is imperfect.

Ciara is a member of the North Louth Artist and exhibits annual with the group. Ciara has held a number of solo exhibitions which include Limitations at The Basement Gallery, Narrow Road at the Shelbourne Hotel, and Open Window at Carlinn Gallery. Over a dozen works have been acquired by the Office of Public Works, one of her paintings was exhibited in Current Art of the State touring exhibition; other collections include the Louth County Council, ACC Bank as well as private collections in Ireland, Australia, France and the USA.

Web: www.facebook.com/CiaraAgnewArt

Ciara Agnew Monoprint

Monoprint

Ciara Agnew Salt Etching

Salt Etching

Emma Ray

Emma Ray is an artist who mainly focuses on portraiture, in print, oil painting and mixed medium. She graduated from DIT with a BA in Fine Art and has exhibited in Bloc T, The Táin Centre, Broadcast Gallery and Dublin CFCP. Emma currently works as a tattoo artist locally in Dundalk. She is currently working on a collection of work that addresses issues of mental health and hopes complete this body of work in late 2018.

Emma Ray image 1

Emma Ray image 2

Emma Ray image 3

Gráinne Murphy

Gráinne Murphy is printmaker and image maker from Dundalk . She is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, where she received a BA Honours degree in Printmaking.

Her work explores the human figure and often includes recurring images of entomology.

Her work plays between the ideas of dark and beauty and the surreal.

Her website can be found here.

Godmother image

Godmother

 

Trapezing The Void image

Trapezing the void

Henry Kazosi

Henry joined the print studio in 2016, originally after graduating from Dundalk Institute of Technology with an Honours Degree in Communications in Creative Multimedia.

His background is in graphic design. Having launched his brand FlingFire he now accesses the print
studios screen-print facilities to print his product range of textiles.

Flingfire can be found here.

Henry Kasozi screenprint image

James McLoughlin

Originally from Dublin, I spent many years living in London and returned to Ireland in 2015 settling in Co. Louth. I am a self-taught artist and have worked in various media including digital, paint, pencil, charcoal and ink. I have completed work for advertising campaigns, comics and some magazine illustration. I have also shown and sold work from various venues across my local community in North London, including my stall in Camden town.

Having returned home, I have found great inspiration from the surrounding area of the Cooley Peninsula and the Mournes and am producing and exploring work in papercut and print work through dry point, screen print and lithograph. I am a member of the Creative Spark print group and recently exhibited and sold a piece the as part of the print studio group in the ‘Stretch exhibition’ at An Tain Arts centre in Dundalk.
My work is inspired and shaped by the natural beauty of the area and its wildlife.

First Light screenprint image

First Light

Wedding Flowers screenprint image

Wedding Flowers

John O'Connor

My work is about Sligo, and summers spent there as a child. Memories inform the work, simple things like carrying water from the spring well up to the house, which had no tap water.

This was the late sixties and seventies, and coming from Dublin to my grandparents was an adventure. I like being on the land and everything is there for a painter, colour, texture and constant change. Farm implements, pitchforks, scythes, white enamel buckets with a blue trim, copper potato sprayers, stone floors, as well as the landscape itself, have played a part in image making.

I have painted on copper, floorboards, panel and canvas. I have also made carborundum prints, and etched using copper sulphate.

    1. RHA, 2016
    2. Hamilton Gallery, summer 2017, Crazy Jane show highlighting WB Yeats poem.
    3. North Louth Artists, An Tain Gallery, 2017

 

John O'Connor Print image

Mary Goss

Artist’s Statement

I use a wide range of fine art printmaking processes and a number of mark-making techniques to investigate aspects of the natural world.

My works range in size from micro images (<1 x 1cm) drawn onto glass slides and viewed through a microscope, to copper etchings and screen-prints on paper, and hand-drawn pieces on True Grain that are approximately 100 x 70 cm.

My ongoing research is focused on the human brain and its capacity for recovery, change and growth. Initially, in order to build my knowledge of brain structure at macro and micro levels, I concentrated on a study of 21st century, digitally-generated imagery and current text books. However, I was soon drawn back to the mid–to-late 19th century and early 20th century drawings of Spanish and Italian histologists, in particular Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Camillo Golgi, who were seeing, and attempting to understand the functioning of, cells in the brain for the first time. I have a long-standing interest in neuroplasticity; the ability of the brain to evolve, regenerate, compensate, and adjust to new challenges. In my work as a counsellor/psychotherapist, I have seen how consistent practice and determination on the part of an individual will bring about significant changes that can only be made possible by the patient formation of new neural pathways and the conscious and unconscious abandoning of old, habitual patterns that gradually fade as new thought processes and behaviours become the norm. Paradoxically, as my research has expanded my technical knowledge and understanding I have been drawn more deeply into the world of neuroscience, simply by the immense beauty of what is hidden there. My current work, the early stages of a more extensive study, pays homage to Ramón y Cajal, Golgi, and their peers, and carries a reminder of how little thought many of us give to the brain and its exquisite combination of vulnerability and resilience.

Our brain is a place of complete darkness yet it controls everything that we use to access the world. Each of our lives is, or will be, touched by the consequences of brain functions that are not adhering to the norm. Through the work that is presented in this exhibition I hope to entice the viewer into the little known, and constantly evolving, landscape of the brain, and to trust each individual to find what he or she needs most within its delicate shapes and patterns.

Mary Goss image one

Mary Goss image 2

Mary Goss is a Newry based Fine Art printmaker. She obtained a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the Southern Regional College, Newry Campus, in June 2013. She graduated with a First Class Honours classification in the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree programme at The Belfast School of Art on The Ulster University’s Belfast Campus in July 2017

Her work has been represented in the following exhibitions:

  • 2018: Emergence, group exhibition, Queen Street Studios (QSS), Bedford Street, Belfast.
  • 2017-18: 8th Lessedra International Painting and Mixed Media Exhibition, Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Project, 25 Milin Kamak Street, Lozenetz, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 2017: heART OF HOPE, NI Hospice group exhibition, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.
  • 2017: Stretch, Creative Spark members’ exhibition in An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, Co Louth.
  • 2017: Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 2017 exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast.
  • 2017: Unfolding, group exhibition, in Spy Pond Gallery, Newcastle, Co. Down.
  • 2017: 16th Lessedra World Art Print Annual Mini Print, Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Project, 25 Milin Kamak Street, Lozenetz, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • 2017: Closure, Arts & Culture Society UUSU, members’ exhibition, The Engine Room Gallery, Donegall Square South, Belfast.
  • 2016: Collective Memories, Arts & Culture Society UUSU, members’ exhibition, The Engine Room Gallery, Donegall Square South, Belfast.
  • 2016: Ulster University Fine Art Printmakers, group exhibition, Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland.
  • 2015: Ulster University Fine Art Printmakers, group exhibition, Georgian College, School of Design & Visual Art, Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2014: Half Way There, group exhibition, Orpheus Building, Ulster University, Belfast School of Art, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Samples of her work are held in the Ulster University Print Archive and in private collections in Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds and London.

She was an active participant in a two day, UUB-based, workshop on the use of print in ceramics led by renowned ceramic artist Paul Scott in December 2015

Volunteering in the Arts Community: Mary has been a set designer and painter with a highly respected Northern Ireland amateur drama society for many years; her involvement with shows touring on the Ulster and All Ireland amateur drama circuit has seen her designs adapted for stages as diverse as those of The Grand Opera House, Belfast, The Little Theatre, Bangor, and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

She is committed to raising levels of inclusivity in the performing arts, and to the development of performance opportunities in Music, Dance and Speech for people of all ages; she is the Administrator of Newry Musical Feis, the largest festival for multi-disciplinary, adjudicated performance in Europe, and Chair of the Northern Ireland Festivals Forum. She is registered as a volunteer researcher with The Newry & Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle and is a regular contributor to the exhibitions held there.

Work Experience in the Arts:
She is a member of the General Teachers Council of Northern Ireland [GTCNI]. Upon completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with teaching practice in Geography, English and Art & Design, she taught Art to Key Stage Three students for seven years.

Micheal Stafford

I am a Dundalk based artist, working mainly in paint but well versed in other visual art practices. Some of my work deals with autonomous mark making, searching through clouds of colours and strokes to find meaning; the main outcome is a type of surrealism. While a resident of Creative Spark I was reintroduced to various print-making formats that has taught me about discipline, which is a great counterpoint to my painting.

Micheal’s website can be found here.

Disc, dry point etching image

Disc, dry point etching

Into The Dragon, oil and pigment on canvas image

Into The Dragon, oil and pigment on canvas

Niamh Gillespie

Niamh graduated from The National College of Art and Design with a degree in Printed Textiles.

She spent 15 years in London working for some of London’s Top fashion companies including Paul Smith and Topshop designing prints for their womenswear collections.
Niamh always likes to work on her personal work as well as freelancing for Fashion companies.

Her love for pattern, stripes and typography comes through in her work and she creates intricate, fun, unique pieces of Art.

Her website can be found here.

 

Colourblock Concrete image

Colourblock Concrete

Silhouette Circles image

Silhouette Circles

Omin

Omin is a graphic artist with a 19 year history rooted in Graffiti with a BA Honours Degree in Visual Communications (DIT). His studio and mural work encapsulates the essence of graffiti with an appreciation for classic letterforms be they deconstructed or verging on the abstract. This approach feeds into his screen printed work. Also exploring the human figure by deconstructing and warping it creating characters with an illustrated quality mixing graphic elements influenced by glitches in everyday use of digital technology.

Web: www.facebook.com/ominousomin

Insta: @ominous_omin

Recent Exhibitions include:

  • “Stretch”, Creative Spark residency and print studio exhibition, Basement Gallery, Dundalk Oct-Nov 2017.
  • Guest Artist – “North Louth Artist” Annual Exhibition – Basement Gallery, Dundalk. May-June 2017.
  • “Halftone” Print Fair – The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin 2016.

 

Currently Past screenprinted image

Currently Past

Son Of A Glitch screenprint image

Son Of A Glitch – 2017

Currently Past, alternate colour screenprint image

Currently Past, alternate colour

Rachel Burke

Little Miss Burke is a Dundalk based company, founded by Rachel Burke. Rachel holds a BSc (hons) degree in Textile Design and has previously been employed by Marks & Spencer’s as an in house designer. Visual merchandising and design Consultant at Laura Ashley.

Rachel specialises in creating personal gifts, artwork, T-shirts, wedding stationary and accessories. Designing unique framed fabric art and cushions, using cherished pre-loved garments, all products are lovingly hand crafted.

Rachel is a print designer currently working in Creative Spark Print studio, where she works with the community facilitating print classes. She recently participated in the 20:20 print exchange and help stage the Stretch exhibition in the An Tain Art Centre, in Dundalk, which she also exhibited some of her print work.

Facebook: Little Miss Burke 

 

Email: rachelkateburke@hotmail.com

Samantha Brown

Samantha uses various lens based media photographing the built environment ranging from the permanent to impermanent structures. Structures used to express different points of degradation, stability and emotional states. How human experience can relate to social structures and the networks they create.

Her website can be found here.

Olympus digital camera photo 1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Olympus digital camera photo 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thomas Brezing

Thomas Brezing’s work explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture from a variety of conceptual perspectives. He works in various art forms, painting, installation, performance, printmaking, sound and film. Brezing’s images and installations confront the enormous power of humanity’s collective will and its impact on the environment.

His most recent shows were Memory Has A Pulse at 126 Galway and NUIG (2017, three person show, touring),Father, Lapua Art Museum, Finland (with Klaus Effern, 2016, touring) and Why Stop Dreaming When You Wake Up, Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo (2015, solo).

Thomas Brezing screenprint left on screen image

Thomas Brezing completed screen prints image

Tracy Fry

I’m a Dundalk based printmaker and painter but I also create personalised gifts on slate and work with ceramics. I like to create large collograph plates based on my local environment and I like to create abstract pieces based on texture in the natural world and images taken with tunnelling electron microscopes. I have recently started to combine textured collograph plates and ceramics to create paper clay plates.

My website is coming soon.
Tracyfry.ie will currently bring you to my facebook page Tracy Fry art.

Tracy Fry Print Image

Map of Ireland, by Tracy Fry

Úna Curley

The context

Úna is a mixed media artist, she grew up in Kerry but now based in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.
She studied at NCAD and graduated with a first class (Hons) degree in Textile Design/Art and Artefact. This was the culmination of a long journey of exploring art as a language of expression.

Having previously attained a BA (Hons) Mgt with IMI and an MSc Communication from Queens University, as well as business counselling, NLP and legal Mediation; Úna was still curious about the intent or meaning beyond words; in particular, the complexities of stories, concepts, words, thoughts and feelings and the expression thereof. Through art she found that ‘words were not her first language!‘

The reassurance

She was selected for the student art awards at the RDS 2015. In 2015, she was also awarded a residency with Creative Spark and in 2016 a summer residency with An Táin Arts Centre.

This afforded her the time to explore the rich heritage of County Louth and develop new ideas through some collaboration and community involvement.

In August/September her very successful solo exhibition ‘Mi Camino a travé del Arte’ invited the viewer to journey with her through the art works and to experience the issues and barriers posed during a period of change.

Úna’s website can be found here.

Blackberry Print detail image

Blackberry Print detail

 

Photo polymer etching with chin collé image

Photo polymer etching with chine collé