February 2021 News
I am really using this time in the studio to concentrate on a new body of work.
I continue to be enthralled by trees, specifically the tall Scots Pine which I see everywhere on the paths of my 5km walks. Not just the big group of them at the forest near Red Rock, they also pop up in smaller groups of two or three growing together, sometimes one lone tree towering over surrounding growth.
They are so distinctive and regal, it is easy to see why in olden times they were known as ‘Lord of the Trees’.
‘Transcience 2’ has been selected for ArtNetdlr s exhibition ‘Transition’ which opens online this weekend. It was great to see this years RUA Annual Exhibition so successful online,with lots of sales. I was delighted to see a red dot on my large drawing ‘Connection’.
At the moment I am concentrating on a larger-than-usual scale drawing,180 cm x 100 cm…….,early days, interesting challenge!
Great to hear that this years RUA Annual Exhibition is opening both physically in the Ulster Museum from 16 October, and virtually as an online exhibition. I’m delighted to have my drawing ’connection’ included in this exhibition.
It is one of a series of new ‘tree-group’ drawings I have been working on for the past few months.
‘Artworks’ Exhibition at Visual Carlow is coming to a close. It was great to have work hanging in such a beautiful space, and alongside many talented contemporary Irish Artists.
Meanwhile there are plenty of on-line exhibitions, even if it is not always possible to visit the galleries under the current restrictions. I have a small watercolour ‘reflective time’ included in ‘WATER ‘ ArtNetDLR exhibition, and two drawings in this years Dublin Painting & Sketching virtual exhibition. There is loads of interesting work by Irish Artists in both exhibitions, with plenty of good value, well worth a browse online.
I am also delighted to have my etching ‘ghost forest’ hanging in the gorgeous contemporary Draiocht Gallery , alongside so many amazing printers in the Graphic Studio Dublin. This exhibition is also online, and runs until 16 th January 2021.
Meanwhile I am busy in the studio working on both large drawings and smaller studies ,… and also some experimental painted panels. Phone 087 2316484 ,or email, all enquiries welcome 🙂
I am delighted to be exhibiting work at Visual Gallery Carlow as part of this years ARTWORKS exhibition. Twenty artists have been selected from open submission to present their work in this lovely space, and the exhibition opens on July 23 rd .
It is great to see galleries re-opening around the country, and The Hamilton Gallery Sligo have a new exhibition ‘Among School Children’. 110 artists were invited to respond to this major poem by Jack B Yeats, and my piece is entitled ‘how can we know the dancers from the dance?’.
I am also busy working on a new series of tree groups, at the moment most of them are still pinned to the studio wall as work-in- progress. Finished images to follow soon. Stay well 🙂
News , December 2019
I have been hidden in the studio for the past two months finishing off work for various Winter Group Shows, four(!!) in Dublin, and two in Sligo.
Last week Art @the House opened an exciting exhibition in Howth, with work by ten artists. My two pieces ‘estuary dance’ and ‘field of light’ are in great company.
The Winter Exhibition at SO Fine Art in the Powerscourt Centre opened this weekend, with loads of interesting work in a beautiful space. I am delighted to have my four panels ‘winter group’ on the wall.
A few streets away at The Doorway Gallery the ‘Christmas Crackers’ show is open, I have three watercolours ‘across the lake 1,2 & 3’ included.
On Thursday ‘Utopia/Dystopia’ opens in dlr Lexicon. This is an open submission show curated by Aoife Ruane,Director of the Highlanes Gallery, and I was thrilled to hear my piece’ to a place’ had been selected.
Meanwhile in Sligo I have work in ‘20/20 Vision’ at the Hamilton Gallery, “a group exhibition by twenty dynamic artists”( Irish Arts Review). I’m looking forward to visiting the show , and also to see ‘Run’ , a group exhibition of invited artists around the corner at ‘The Hyde Bridge Gallery.
I also enjoyed a four week etching workshop at The Graphic studio, I’m delighted with the results, and look forward to printing an edition early in 2020.
My ‘Days & Distance’ Solo Exhibition opens at The Easter Snow Gallery,, The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co.Dublin on Sunday 9th of June, and running until July 30 th.
I’m delighted to be featured in the current edition of Irish Arts Review. There is a two- page interview (pages 78/79) and review of this current body of work , written by James Hanley RHA.
“….O’Farrell has produced an evocative corpus of landscapes. Charcoal is built up, fixed and layered, burnished to a velvety sheen, enhanced by ink and punctuated by flecks of pastel hues to convey a rich and atmospheric sense of place….”
“…O’Farrell’s quest is to harvest a visual landscape of the soul; to register how a sense of place’ a sense of memory and meaning can override the simple translation of visual facts…..”
It was also a thrill to be singled out by Art Critic and Lecturer Dr Declan Long in his review of what caught his eye at this years Annual RHA Exhibition as heard on the ‘Arena’ arts programme on RTE.
“………artist Sorca O ‘Farrell…. drawing which display refinement, proficiency, high level of skill………distilling the world, focusing in…..and producing incredibly detailed and beautiful drawings”
Printed catalogue of the Days & Distance Exhibition available on request from this website.
All enquiries about the Exhibition please contact Colette at TSEAC 01 8020898
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137th Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition
I'm delighted that two of my drawings have been selected to be exhibited at the 137th Royal Ulster Academy of Arts exhibition 2018/19
News Update May 2019
I’ve been very busy in the studio for the past few months.
I’m preparing for my up-coming solo show ‘days and distance’ which opens on June 9th at The Easter Snow Gallery, Seamus Ennis Centre in Naul, Co. Dublin.
Also, I’m delighted to hear that my work ‘all the way to where’ will be included in The 2019 RHA Annual Exhibition, for the fifth year in a row.
Meanwhile, I am currently making a fine art print under the very professional guidance of Niamh Flanagan as Recipient of The 2019 Graphic Studio/Fingal County Council Residency Award.
Sorca O'Farrell - award winning landscape artist
She attended D.L.A.D.T. and N.C.A.D., receiving an honours degree in Fine Art, and continuing to complete a H .Dip, with distinction.
Recent awards include the Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition 2017, and the Hamilton Gallery award at Cairde Visual 2016.
Her work has been included in the exhibition ‘A Celebration of Drawing’ at the National Gallery of Ireland. She has also exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy s Annual exhibition (2018,2017,2016,2015) , the Royal Ulster Academy92018,2017,2016), and many other group shows.
‘Re-Visits’ was the title of her most recent solo show at The Hamilton Gallery Sligo in 2017.
In 2018 she was short-listed for the Royal Academy Annual Exhibition in London.
Her current work is a direct and emotional response to the landscape close to where she lives, a place with many memories.
Her work is represented in the public art collections of ; The National Gallery of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank Collection, The Office of Public Works, Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown County Council , The Department of Transport Northern Ireland, along with many private collections both in Ireland and abroad.