LOCAL artist Antoinette Brenn is currently exhibiting her latest body of work, entitled ‘White on White’ in the Gallery in Mountmellick Library. The exhibition which was launched yesterday, will continue for the month.
Antoinette is a self-taught artist practising for 20 years, living and working in Laois. She works mainly in oils, often experimenting in mixed media layering oil pastels over watercolours or gouache. The current exhibition is based on a collection of images Antoinette took of a flock of Mute swans on Lough Ennell in Co Westmeath.
She said of the exhibtion’s work: “I was inspired by coming on such a large flock and the fact that there was a single whooper swan in their midst. Being so near to Lough Derravaragh and its connection to the childhood fable of The Children of Lir was another factor. This exhibition is a celebration of nature and of family connections, I was aware that despite their outward gracefulness and tranquillity they were paddling furiously beneath the surface, which we can identify with in the daily struggle of balancing life and family commitments”.
Antoinette is a member of Athy Art Group and exhibits in their annual Group Exhibition. She is also a member of Redwell’s studios Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow exhibiting with them on a regular basis. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Ireland and overseas. Antoinette was one of eight Laois women artists who colloborated with ‘Greencraft ‘ and the arts office at Electric Picnic 2008. She also accepted a residency from County Hall to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan. A very successful solo exhibition followed of Antoinette’s paintings which was held in County Hall in February 2009 titled ‘Into the half light’.