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Clifden Arts Festival 2023 – Visual Arts Programme – Joan Finnegan – As I See It

By August 10, 2023August 15th, 2023No Comments

As I See It

Joan Finnegan

Joan Finnegan, an abstract artist from Galway, derives inspiration from Connemara’s landscapes. Her paintings, characterised by bold shapes and vibrant colours, evoke curiosity and wonder, transporting viewers to an imaginative realm of abstraction. Departing from traditional landscape depictions, each artwork captures a memory, its colours and shapes serving as the foundation for her creative process. Simplified landscape elements and bold colours imbue her art with a sense of mystery and ambiguity, inviting viewers to explore and engage with her captivating visual stories.

Joan has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, presenting solo exhibitions in Wisconsin, USA, in association with Culture Ireland and ‘Sunchyme’ as part of the Shorelines Arts Festival in 2022. Her works have also been selected for inclusion in the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition in Belfast. Joan is the recipient of an Arts Council Agility Award 2023. Her work is in several corporate and private collections including the Irish Consulate in Chicago, Galway City Council, ATU art collection, Irish Water Safety, The Dean Hotel Galway and Corporate Concierge, Bermuda.

Recent group exhibitions include Emerging as part of the Galway International Arts Festival, Summer Open at The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon, Outset Gallery open exhibition, Artist’s Eye publication and Engage Studios Members show. She has professional membership in Visual Artists Ireland and is also a member of Engage Art Studios.

She is presently collaborating with Connemara Carpets, an artisan of exclusive handmade wool and silk rugs and wall hangings, creating a new series of wallhanging for their portfolio.

Official opening September 14th 6pm


2023 Festival Programme