This website showcases my work as a visual artist. My work is centred around the themes of science, spirituality, the Irish landscape that I grew up with, personal narrative, family life, the human body, the deep feminine, and James Joyce’s Ulysses.
The works are presented in themed galleries, by date in reverse order, starting with new work and going back to the early 1990s. The galleries are named as follows:
Ulysses and the deep feminine, Embodiment, Landscapes from the History House, Further Down the Line, Down the Line, The Sewing Room, Veils and Scientific Prayer.
I am fascinated with James Joyce’s Ulysses, and its focus on the body and the female voice. It has become a very rich resource for understanding my journey through nature and art.VISIT GALLERY
Embodiment is an exploration of cyclical themes around family life. It’s a study in charcoal with an emphasis on energetic dynamism and mark-making from observing movement.VISIT GALLERY
Landscapes from the History House imagery drifts between reality and abstraction and is influenced by the Irish landscape and English seascape. Inspired by The History House, a book of poetry by Kieran Furey, which embraces the landscape that inspired me.
This work continues the exploration of the journey taken in Down the Line. 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.
I grew up in the West of Ireland where stretches of tarmac road through the unspoilt boglands were referred to as ‘Line’. I returned to this ‘Line’ that I travelled in my childhood and used its meanings, metaphors, memories and its quiet beauty.
This work in this collection 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.
We view history through particular windows of fact – some of which are clearer and more distinct and others less informed. They can be romanticised, like a dust of snow can change a landscape, or thin veils of fabric can be so seductive.
This 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.
Current projects and previous exhibitions
Return to the Goddess - a video trailer
A short trailer introducing Return to the Goddess - a R&D project exploring 4 elements ...
Return to the Goddess - work in progress
I received an artist bursary from Roscommon County Council in Ireland, to support the making a virtual reality piece ... other short films are now on Utube
Necessary Animals - new album - Playboy of the Western Word
I released a new album made with Hastings band Necessary Animals in 2022 now available on Bandcamp.necessaryanimals.com.- experimental interpretations of sections of James Joyce’s UIysses ... to commemorate Ulysses 100 years published
Ulysses reading workshops
I have been exploring James Joyce’s Ulysses as part of my creative practice for a number of years and I am inspired by its experimentation, universality, immense positivity and generosity.
I believe that it is best explored and enjoyed by reading it aloud in a friendly gathering. I have been running a Ulysses reading group and introductory Ulysses workshops, but due to Covid-19 these have had to be paused. I am currently offering some workshops online. Please see my events page for details.Go to my events page
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, the Irish landscape that she grew up with, personal narrative, family life, the human body, the deep feminine and recently, James Joyce’s Ulysses. She uses drawing, paint, printmaking, paper, fabric and sewn elements in creating her art.
Lucy continues to develop her artistic practice exploring the creative space between Ireland and England from both personal and more universal perspectives.
Lucy is also engaged in various art projects and educational activities working with both adults and children.
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