The ones to watch in 2019

They’re young, gifted and on the verge of mak­ing big break­throughs in their ca­reers. Es­ther McCarthy meets the new faces of 2019

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Feature -

The artist: Steven Far­rell

Steven has been es­tab­lish­ing him­self as one of Ire­land’s most promis­ing young artists, with his last col­lec­tion, Dawgs — fea­tur­ing a se­ries of colour­ful ca­nines — prov­ing a hit with his grow­ing clien­tele and earn­ing praise from top artist Gra­ham Knut­tel.

His new col­lec­tion, ‘Light on the Wa­ter’, is a de­par­ture, bring­ing his work into more ab­stract ter­ri­tory, and was born out of a very per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. Over a year ago, he was di­ag­nosed with ma­lig­nant melanoma — a se­ri­ous form of skin can­cer — and un­der­went sev­eral surg­eries to treat it. As he re­cov­ered, his art be­came an even more cre­ative force than be­fore.

“It was al­most like a col­lec­tion of light­ness com­ing out of the dark­ness,” he says. “I was lucky enough to have that out­let, to be able to draw and paint and ex­press my­self, through­out my var­i­ous surg­eries.”

The re­sult­ing col­lec­tion has been mak­ing waves among col­lec­tors. He works in his trade­mark acrylic on can­vas, but in this col­lec­tion adds gold leaf, giv­ing the paint­ings a strik­ing sense of tex­ture and tone. Blend­ing shades of ph­talo blue, cerulean, gold and cop­per, they evolve ac­cord­ing to how the nat­u­ral light cap­tures them over the course of a day.

“The first paint­ing was in­spired by An­nie Len­nox’s song, ‘Into the West’, and I love com­ing up with the right tones. When they feel right they’re ready to go. They ab­sorb light at dif­fer­ent points of the day and it com­pletely changes the whole com­po­si­tion of the paint­ing.

“My goal is to scale up in 2019 and to reach more peo­ple through my paint­ings. It’s about cre­at­ing this work and touch­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble with it.”


The ac­tor: Hazel Doupe

In a time of ex­cep­tional per­for­mances from our young act­ing tal­ent in film and TV, Hazel Doupe stands out. Her raw tal­ent and strong screen pres­ence have al­ready won her sup­port­ing per­for­mances on US TV se­ries Into the Bad­lands

and Frank Berry’s ter­rific Michael drama,


But it is her lead per­for­mance in a forth­com­ing movie filmed in west Cork that is set to gar­ner some of her best re­views yet. The 17-year-old is ex­cep­tional as the lead char­ac­ter in Cork film­maker Carmel Win­ters’ charm­ing and stir­ring fea­ture, Float Like a But­ter­fly.

An au­di­ence award win­ner at this year’s Cork Film Fes­ti­val and a dis­cov­ery award win­ner at the pres­ti­gious Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, it tells the story of a young trav­eller girl, Frances, who dreams of be­com­ing a boxer. She must over­come prej­u­dice and con­ven­tions in or­der to em­u­late her idol, Mo­ham­mad Ali.

“I knew when I read the script it was go­ing to be some­thing spe­cial,” she says. “It was very dif­fer­ent to any­thing I’d ever done be­fore. When we were in Cork, ev­ery­body was just like fam­ily. It was very com­mu­nal. With any in­de­pen­dent film you’re re­ly­ing on the kind­ness and gen­eros­ity of spirit of peo­ple to make the film.

“The first au­di­tion was in a box­ing ring. The sec­ond one I went into a room with Carmel and a cast­ing di­rec­tor. Then I was given the part. I re­mem­ber just feel­ing over the moon the whole time. I re­mem­ber feel­ing how im­por­tant it was to me and how ec­static I was to be work­ing on it.”

The screen­ings have al­ready gen­er­ated ad­di­tional in­ter­est in the young star who says that she wanted to en­ter­tain since the age of two. It’s set to be a busy re­lease year for Hazel she’ll also star in a sup­por­prison ting role op­po­site Barry Keoghan in the forth­com­ing drama, Calm With Horses.

The mu­si­cian: Eve Belle Eve Belle doesn’t need time to con­sider her ca­reer high­light so far — that has got to be get­ting se­lected to open for top mu­si­cian Hozier at his se­ries of in­ti­mate, sold­out gigs in the Academy. “It was very sur­real to be sup­port­ing him as I’ve been a fan of his for years,” she says. “He’s a re­ally lovely man and it was a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence. ”

Eve’s songs, penned from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and sto­ries, and her strik­ing voice have been gain­ing her a steady fan­base on the live mu­sic cir­cuit. Orig­i­nally from Done­gal, she cred­its a fam­ily love of mu­sic — and her par­ent’s many dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal tastes — with nur­tur­ing her own pas­sion.

From left: Artist Steven Far­rell; ac­tor Hazel Doupe; mu­si­cian Eve Belle; ac­tor and co­me­dian Terry O’Neill, and model Ni­amh Mc­Cor­mack are ones to watch.

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