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  • Claremorris Gallery is pleased to present the colour of distance, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Bernadette Kiely. The exhibition will open…

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Anne Donnelly - Exhibition of paintings

Anne Donnelly's work is a celebration of beauty in the benign. Her lyrical paintings capture a quality of light which is unmistakably Mediterranean. Her masterful manipulation of paint conjures Italian and Greek landscape that harkens to French Impressionism, and her chalky landscape renderings have a nostalgic fresco-like charm.


Vineyards, swallows in flight, canal barges are just some of the artist's chosen subjects. The sombre quiet and timeless quality that pervades Donnelly's paintings infuse the gallery with warmth and calm and their timeless meditative energy seduces the viewer into quiet contemplation.

In Donnelly's portraits, the women are classically beautiful, strong and dignified, their features symmetrical and patrician. Rather than portraits of individual sitters, the artist's studies reflect a poignant amalgam of qualities that are innately feminine.




Anne Donnelly is an Irish artist who has lived in Italy for over forty years. She was born in Belfast and grew up in the midlands of Ireland in Co. Carlow. She studied first at the College of Art in Dublin in 1953, then a year later at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Madrid. She finally went on to study at the Ecole Julienne in Paris in 1956 where she met her husband, acclaimed Italian writer Carlo Mazzantini. Anne Donnelly has lived and worked in many parts of the world: first in France (1956), then Spain (1956-57) and Morocco (1958-61) before returning to Ireland (1961-63). From 1963 to 1966 she and her family took up residence in Tuscany before finally moving to Tivoli. Today the artist lives and works close to the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa.

 

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