This website showcases my work as a visual artist. Centred around the themes of science, spirituality, the Irish landscape that I grew up in and family life, my work uses drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, fabric and sewn elements.
The works are in named series presented in galleries by date (in reverse order):
Latest work, Landscapes from the History House, Further Down the Line, Down the Line, The Sewing Room, Veils and Scientific Prayer.
My latest work is an exploration of recurring weekly themes in family life. It's an exploration in charcoal with an emphasis on mark marking.
The Landscapes from the History House series of work was inspired by The History House, a book of poetry by Kieran Furey, which embraces the childhood landscape that inspired me and also raises forgotten questions about the Great Irish Famine.
This series continues the exploration of the journey taken in the Down the Line series of paintings. It concentrates more on the paradox of our role as 'Destroyer and Preserver' of the archaeology of the Irish boglands and formal aspects of its flora's colours and textures.
In the West of Ireland where I grew up, stretches of tarmac road through the unspoilt boglands were referred to as 'The Line'. I went back to the 'Line' that I had travelled in my childhood and used its meanings, metaphors, memories, journeys and its quiet beauty.
This work in this series questions the role of women and painting within the history of fine art practice. Inspired by the unwritten and unacknowledged histories of women whose stories lie hidden behind the great paintings of the past.
Thinking about how we view history through particular windows of fact – some of which are clearer and more distinct and others less informed, how they can be romanticised like a dust of snow can change a landscape, or thin veils of fabric can be so seductive.
This series of work was developed following a visit to Moscow in 1992. At the time the Human Genome Project was progressing in the West and a new and liberated Russia was rediscovering its religious heritage and opening its doors to worship.
I have showcased my latest work at open studio events as part of Coastal Currents in 2014 and 2016. Coastal Currents is an annual arts festival in East Sussex.
I focused on new prints inspired by my History House series in 2014. This year I am showing new charcoal drawings, which are very much works in progress broadly exploring recurring themes around family life and my artistic practice.
Landscapes from the History House was exhibited at the London Irish Centre from November 2013 to January 2014. The exhibition was opened with a presentation by the artist, readings by poet Kieran Furey and a short recital of specially selected Irish music by Lesley Dawes accompanied by Alistair Dawes and a speech by Councillor Sally Mulready.
Selected paintings and prints from Landscapes from the History House were shown at the Atrium Gallery in Longford, Ireland, in June 2013. This was an important experience for Lucy giving form and purpose to this very local collaboration with poet Kieran Furey, near to its place of origin.
Lucy Brennan-Shiel is an Irish artist living in Hastings on the south coast of England. She studied for her BA in Fine Art at Wolverhampton University where she received funding to visit Moscow. She was awarded a bursary from the London Institute for her MA studies at Camberwell College of Art and completed her MA in 1995, with a Distinction in Printmaking.
Lucy has been a studio based artist since 1995. She was artist-in-residence in East London, at St John on Bethnal Green from 2000 until 2005 and at St Paul's Bow Common Lane in 2008 and 2009. She is currently based in her studio in Hastings.
Her work is centred around the themes of science, spirituality and the Irish landscape that she grew up in. Recently Lucy has been exploring her interest in the relationships between music & painting and seascape & landscape. Currently she is exploring recurring themes of family life through drawing. She uses drawing, paint, printmaking, paper, fabric and sewn elements in creating her art and continues to develop her artistic practice and exhibit.
Lucy is also engaged in various art projects and educational activities working with both adults and children.
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