Last year, Helen Comerford’s series COVID-19 DIARY was a powerful personal response to the experience of the first lockdown. This year, the celebrated artist returns to the Festival with The Nineteen; a new series of ‘encaustic’ paintings – an ancient technique in which the image is created by fusing wax and coloured pigment onto the surface of a canvas with heat.
The Nineteen is the result of two years’ work, half of which was spent in lockdown. Abstract, textural and profound, these paintings take us on an epic journey, echoing the Covid journey undertaken by all of us in the deep imaginations of our time. It’s a journey into darkness, through trials and tribulations, eventually leading to transformation and light.
Helen Comerford was born in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and received her art education in Dublin, Belfast and Utrecht. She has been a professional artist since the early seventies. She was a member of the board of the AAI, Wexford Arts Centre and Garter Lane Arts Centre, and has lectured at DLSAD and UCD. She is an innovator in special needs education and was one of the initiators of KCAT Arts Centre.
She has been with Taylor Galleries since 1979 and held her first solo exhibition there in 1980. Recent shows include Leonidio, Greece (2016), Wiesbaden, Germany (2018) and the old Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2021). In 2019 she was the Bealtaine artist in residence at the West Cork Arts Centre. Helen is a member of na Caileacha Cyprus symposium, comprising eight women artists over 70. Their latest exhibition is in Wexford Arts Centre, opening August 13th, 2021.
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