Taking it a step beyond

‘STEP Beyond’, an exhibition by the students of the Advanced Certificate in Art and Business at Ormonde College of Further Education, comes to the Watergate Theatre’s upstairs gallery this Friday.

‘STEP Beyond’, an exhibition by the students of the Advanced Certificate in Art and Business at Ormonde College of Further Education, comes to the Watergate Theatre’s upstairs gallery this Friday.

The Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Art and Business was introduced as a follow-on to the Level 5 Certificate in Fine Art (Portfolio Preparation) course in September 2009. The course is designed to prepare student for life as professional artists; modules include drawing, painting, photography, art appreciation and exhibition organisation.

About the artists’ work, in their own words:

Rebecca Hoyne: “As an artist working in oils, my main objectives are to express emotion, movement and life.” Doris Reinisch: “I am hoping to draw the viewer into my own translation of images from real life through a visual experience of space, shapes, tones and texture.”

Siobhan Coogan: “In my work I try to unleash my imagination to explore the unknown of surreal fantasy.” Biddy Downey: “I am an artist who is fascinated with colour, shape and form heading towards abstraction.”

Matt Cullen: “Do we reflect life or does life reflect us?” Darren Cleere: “I am interested in capturing the calmness of still life through rich, vivid, acrylic colour.”

Becky Belton: “What I am concerned with is using a variety of unusual materials to create illusions evoking the underlying beauty of the human form.” Bob Brennan: “Others are wasteful in their use of paint. I’m extravagant in its expenditure.”

Marie Lee: “I am interested in detailed work like portraiture as well as abstract art.” Aine Keegan: “I have always worked in acrylic. When I discovered pop art I became excited about painting. I want to explore this genre to its full potential.”

Caroline Kelleghan: “Drawing on my creative experience, I experiment with play, freedom, instinct and flow within the structure of knowledge.” Susan Cahill: “My adult life has been spent working in the confines of an office environment. I am now free to explore the creative world of my imagination using surrealist techniques and the interpretation of the dream-like state.”

Jaime Kavanagh: “My work is primarily concerned with capturing emotion and form through the use of expressive, sometimes erratic, brush strokes.” Danielle Woods: “I explore the memory of music from my childhood while drawing on Pop Art influences.”

The exhibition continues until May 5.