Batik artist unveils exhibition at Jerpoint Glass Studio

Dublin born artist Bernadette Madden has unveiled her stunning collection of batik paintings entitled “Sunlight & Shadow” at the Glass Attic Gallery in Jerpoint Glass.

Dublin born artist Bernadette Madden has unveiled her stunning collection of batik paintings entitled “Sunlight & Shadow” at the Glass Attic Gallery in Jerpoint Glass.

This work was inspired by the way sunlight filters through the trees, intensifying some colours and putting others in deep shadow. Using a palette of bright pinks and blues leading to the browns and russets of Autumn, Madden tries to capture some of those fleeting images, of the bright yellow sunlight and the deep green of the trees.

Batik is an ancient method of applying colour and design to fabric. Using heavy linen Madden uses dyes, layer upon layer, until she reaches the depth and richness of tone that she wants. Each colour has to be applied in a separate dye-bath and the fabric allowed to dry between colours. Some of the batiks in this exhibition have been dyed more than 20 times.

Michael Jackson, the Kilkenny-based ceramic artist gave an introduction to Bernadette at the opening of “Sunlight & Shadow” last evening saying that, “Over the years, Bernadette has pushed the boundaries of the medium and has been inspired by a broad range of subjects, from the domestic interiors of her earlier work, through overviews of cities, to the trees and sunlight with which she is now preoccupied.”

Jerpoint Glass Studio is renowned for its beautiful handmade glassware and with the support of their sponsor Flogas, Jerpoint has built a reputation for its annual Kilkenny Arts Festival exhibition. Speaking at the launch John Kirwan, of Flogas Ireland Limited, said, “Jerpoint Glass has been a customer of Flogas Ireland for many years and we are delighted once again to be the sponsor of their summer exhibition, always one of the highlights of the annual Kilkenny Arts Festival. We wish Sally and her team great success with this year’s event which showcases some wonderful work by Bernadette Madden.”

To coincide with Kilkenny Arts Festival 2012, “Sunlight & Shadow” will run from August 3 to September 7. The exhibition is open seven days a week and free of charge. Visit www.jerpointglass.com for more details or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.