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Clifden Arts Festival 2023Visual Arts

Clifden Arts Festival 2023 – Visual Arts Programme – Lydia Brow, Deborah Watkins, and Colin Snow – An Trilseán Fiáin

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An Trilseán Fiáin (the wild plait)

Lydia Brow, Deborah Watkins, and Colin Snow

“An Trilseán Fiáin” is an exhibition featuring the work of three Clifden artists who reside and work in Connemara. Their art intertwines to create a collective representation of life, land, and sea, evoking a profound sense of place.

Lydia Brow, a painter, draws inspiration from the striking landscape and coastline of the West. Her abstract paintings blend acrylics and mixed media to depict the ever-changing moods and atmosphere of Connemara. Using a free and expressive style, Lydia’s art reflects the hues and textures of her memories, portraying the timeless land with earthy tones and soft light, while capturing the ruggedness of the coastline with energetic greys and blues.

Deborah Watkins, a ceramic artist and painter, finds her muse in the colours and contours of Connemara. Her ceramic landscapes take shape through low-relief techniques, using individually textured clay slabs. With a layered painterly style, Deborah adds colour to the fired surfaces, conveying the otherworldly nature of the landscape. In her paintings, she skillfully uses acrylics and mixed media, harmoniously merging these materials and techniques.

Colin Snow, a seasoned graduate of Letterfrack Furniture College, boasts over twenty-five years of experience crafting in his native Connemara. His expertise lies in shaping carbon steel and stainless steel, two of the most challenging metals to sculpt. Colin’s art pays tribute to the endangered wildlife and their habitats in the region.

Official Opening September 15th at 6 pm


2023 Festival Programme