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Conor Walton was born in Dublin in 1970, and studied in the National College of Art and Design, from which he graduated in 1993 with a Joint Honours Degree in the History of Art and Fine Art (Painting). He received a special commendation and prize for his thesis, 'Abstraction: A Discourse on Language and Painting'.
After reading for an MA in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, which he was awarded with distinction in 1995 (dissertation subject: 'The Battle of the Ancients and the Moderns'), he spent some time in Florence studying painting and old master techniques with Charles Cecil. He returned to Dublin in 1996, and had his first solo exhibition there in 1999.
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Ellen McDermott's Fine Art Portraiture is portraiture with a difference. She started taking photographs to use as guides in her paintings but soon found that she was being asked by people if she would sell them her prints and take their photographs.
Ellen was picked as one of the Finalists in PhotoIreland Festival Open Call 2010. She is a Director of Kilmantin Art Gallery in Wicklow Town. Up until this year Ellen was on the Wicklow Arts Festival Committee but resigned from the board in order to concentrate more on her photography.
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Jimmy Burns studied Art in London, Leeds and Dublin, lives in Sandyford and teaches in Ballinteer.
He is the author of "Art History and Appreciation" (two editions), and "Practical Art", both published by S & C S. Jimmy has illustrated many books and periodicals over the years, including Magill, In Dublin, U Magazine ... etc.
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Galway based, full time irish artist, Mary Cahalan, pen name PIXI, has been making positive waves in the Irish art world. Her work has been described as striking and vivid using a palate of vibrant colours conveying warmth and humour in a figurative / abstract style which reflects Mary's bubbly personality, zest for life and wild sense of humour. This artist is talented and great fun.
Mary's art has sold as far a field as Toronto, Paris , U.K. , Dubai, Florida and New York. Discerning art lovers and collectors are adding her work to their collections and her profile is ever expanding.
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RUA Conor Prize winner in 2002, Gary Devon was elected an associate member of RUA in
Born in Bangor in 1958, Gary has been painting professionally for twenty-five years, following his degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. As well as his personal work he has taken on various commissions including a painting of Kensington Palace for HRH The Prince of Wales and others for Dianna Rigg and Peter Alliss.
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