McA­teer’s art for New York show

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - MARIA PEP­PER

A WORK by the Wex­ford artist Martina McA­teer has been se­lected for an ex­hi­bi­tion tak­ing place at the Lim­ner Gallery in New York in De­cem­ber.

The work in oils on board called ‘Old Dreams, New Dreams’ will be shown as part of an in­ter­na­tional group show by artists from around the world.

In re­cent years, Martina was voted ‘Peo­ple’s Choice’ with Pen and Brush Inc in New York, she was awarded of­fi­cial Ir­ish artist tax ex­emp­tion sta­tus and she won the Kells stu­dio prize for paint­ing.

Two of her works ‘The Other Side of the Blue’ and ‘Si­len­cio’ have been on show in Wex­ford Sil­ver Shop on North Main Street dur­ing the Opera Fes­ti­val.

‘Old Dreams New Dreams’ is about han­dling dis­ap­point­ment and let­ting go of things that may not have worked out, mak­ing way for new dreams re­gard­less of age, sta­tus or cir­cum­stances, ac­cord­ing to Martina.

‘In the times we live in, there seems to be so much pres­sure to be suc­cess­ful, to look per­fect, to fit in and this has brought in­creas­ingly un­healthy behaviours in so­ci­ety and in­creased dis­con­nec­tion’.

‘There seems to be a need to im­press all ex­cept our own true selves. A new dream to one per­son may be ac­cept­ing a dif­fi­cult loss and con­tin­u­ing to live a ful­fill­ing life, for an­other it could be win­ning the lot­tery or the No­bel Prize or it could be im­proved health. What­ever the dream is,it is through stay­ing in­spired and hav­ing faith, hope and love that we progress, not just in­di­vid­u­ally but as a so­ci­ety’. ‘The Other Side of Blue’ was painted af­ter a visit to Chateaux Am­boise in France, the last dwelling place of L eonardo da Vinci and rep­re­sents loss.

Martina is an artist with a unique and in­no­va­tive ap­proach to her craft. Her works have a dream like, ethe­real qual­ity and are im­bued with a sense of mys­tery and magic.

‘My work con­tains al­most a se­cret lan­guage of the heart and they have a very pow­er­ful emo­tional im­pact on the viewer’, she said.

Artist Martina McA­teer and, left, ‘Old Dreams New Dreams’.

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