‘Tonn Fuaime’ (Sound Wave) is a group exhibition held in the Blasket Centre, showcasing the work of local artists Deirdre McKenna, Ciara McKenna, Áine Ní Chíobháin, Tomás Ó Cíobháin and Honora O’Neill. The exhibition consists of over 30 works which are all inspired by the dramatic landscapes and culture of West Kerry, capturing it’s atmosphere and personality.
Deirdre McKenna is visual artist from Dingle, Co. Kerry. After graduating from Crawford College of Art and Design, she has taken up residencies, curated exhibitions and had her work exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is inspired by her upbringing in a maritime community which can often be seen in her referencing to local tradition in her prints and paintings.
Ciara McKenna (Keyrogue) is a visual artist from Dingle. After studying at the Limerick School of Art and Design, she has gone on to exhibit nationally and was part of the Hope foundation’s recent project ‘Kolors for Kolkata’. From her street-art murals to her works on paper, her art practice shows a strong relationship with drawing. This can be seen in the intricate draftsmanship and repeated patterning of her piece ‘Sní an tSamhraigh’ in this exhibition.
Áine Ní Chíobháin is an Cork born artist now based in Dingle. Áine is a multidisciplinary artist who uses each medium to explore the dichotomy of her rural and urban upbringing. After graduating from Crawford College of Art and Design, she has gone on to receive awards and residencies and have her work exhibited and held in collections throughout the country and internationally.
Tomás Ó Cíobháin is visual artist known for his graphic works, etchings and engravings, which have been exhibited throughout the country. Tomás is a native to Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry and is largely inspired by and celebrates the culture and personality of his homeland. An area of particular focus in his work is the Blasket Islands, which are often depicted from an aerial view heightening the impact of the dramatic landscape.
Honora O’Neill is a visual artist based in Cloghar, Co. Kerry. After graduating from Crawford College of Art and Design, she has gone on to open her own gallery in Dingle, The Dillon. Honora’s work is directly inspired by the rugged landscapes of West Kerry and focuses largely on capturing the powerful seascapes which surround her.
The exhibition is running from 11 September – 25 September 2020 at the Blasket Center, Dunquin, Co.Kerry. To see more of the artists involved visit their websites and Instagrams: