We are really excited to be hosting an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by local artist Kerry Collins. This very special show will be on display in the Mad Fish Restaurant from May 16th – July 1st 2012.
Kerry Collins graduated from Crawford college of art and design in 2002, having spent a number of years after school living in London and New Zealand, as well as a year backpacking through Asia. At her degree exhibition, she became the first recipient of the UTV Young Artist prize, with the chosen painting becoming part of UTV s touring Art Collection. She also won the CIT and Eli Lilly purchase prizes. At the time Mr. Brian Owens, head of design at UTV described Kerrys painting as having “that vital ingredient so often attempted but seldom achieved in contemporary art, the capacity to touch the emotions”.
Since then Kerry has continued to exhibit in group and solo shows every year, becoming part of numerous public and private collections.
In 2005 Kerry became a founding member of Arthaven in Crosshaven. The gallery was a lively centre of culture and art education, holding music evenings, dance and drama events, kids and adult art classes, as well as a multitude of art exhibitions.
Since the gallery closed in late 2008, Kerry has continued to work, teach and exhibit. Kerry spent most of 2010 and 2011 teaching teenagers, an experience she describes as hugely rewarding and credits the improvement of her own drawing skills.
The work for the forthcoming exhibition at the Mad Fish restaurant is a mix of drawing, experiments on gesso and the continuing developement of regular themes like clowns and cows in painting.
Next up for this exciting artist, Kerry is preparing for the opening of her new business The Art Hive Academy in Carrigaline. It is a 1500 sq ft facility incorporating teaching room, gallery and studios. Commencing in July with summer camps. More information on Kerry’s website – www.kerrycollins.ie
Listen to the opening address of Kerry’s exhibition here, which was officially opened by Cork photographer Billy McGill, and introduced by Joleen Cronin.