Lorraine Fenlon Artist CV & BIO
Born in Dublin and following living in the Isle of Man, Lorraine returned to settle in Carlow, where she now paints and teaches from her home studio. She has many years as a painter having produced her first paintings age 10.
She has been commissioned for many fine art paintings and murals, art on sculpture, book covers, poetry text & image design and contracted to oversee exhibition set ups, junior school projects and teaching art & creative projects for the Carlow Wheelchair Association.
She exhibits at the RDS, The Red Stables, in Dublin, pop up galleries, art fairs, annual art shows and her home studio.
She paints a range of subjects in oils, mixed media and genuine gold leaf. Her work being easily recognisable by its vibrant colours and textures.
In 2016, she introduced new pieces using genuine gold leaf. This innovative use of this medium, she based on the old negative film roll, using this inspiration to strip back unnecessary elements to showcase iconic landmarks & buildings. She may be the only artist to use the gold leaf in this way and has incorporated it into her oils and mixed media work. She was invited to join The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCI) in recognition of her gold leaf work.
In other mediums, she paints with oils acrylic, inks, watercolour and mixed media, worked in buttery layers or glazing, and often using methods to create under-painted textural effects. Her work continually evolves combining contemporary art guided by traditional approaches. She is influenced by the impressionists like Monet & Vincent Van Gogh and Turner’s mastery of illustration and atmosphere and takes inspiration from her natural surroundings finding it in form, colour, reflections, light & shadow, daily interactions and even TV.
Solo Shows & Exhibitions
Nov 2019 "Art Source" RDS, Dublin 4 - Stand A02
Aug 2019 "Red Stables" The Red Stables, Clontarf Dublin 3
July 2019 "Red Stables The Red Stables, Clontarf Dublin 3
June 2019 "Carlow" Dublin St.. Carlow.
June 2018 "Return to Roots" Red Stables Market Gallery, Clontarf, Dubin 3
May 2018 "Love Your Home" City West Convention Centre, Dublin 12th & 13th May
April 2018 "Spring Selection" Red Stables Market Gallery, Clontarf Dublin 3
Nov 2017 "RDS Art Source" Stand A92, RDS Main Hall, Dublin
Sept 2017 "Seas & Scenes of Dublin Bay" The Red Stables Market, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Aug 2017 "The Fenlon Gallery" Pop up Gallery, Fairgreen SC, Carlow
July 2017 "Creations on Canvas" Carlow Co. Library, Tullow St., Carlow
May 2016 "Art Loft" Stand F24 RDS,House Event's 2nd Show
Nov 2016 "RDS Art Source 2016" Stand A91, RDS Main Hall, Balsbridge, Dublin
Sept 2016 "Culture week selection" Castledermot Library, Castledermot, Co. Kildare
Aug 2016 "Selected works" Loughboy Library, Kilkenny
July 2016 "A Brush with Summer" Carlow County Library, Exhibition & curated Children's art
May 2016 "Art Loft" Stand F10 RDS, House Event Debut Show
Dec 2015 "Winter Warmth" Lennon's @ Visual, College St., Carlow
Nov 2015 “RDS Art Source” Stand 76
Sept 2015 “Fruits of Land & Sea” The Leinster Gallery, 27 Sth. Frederick St. Dublin 2
June 2015 “Picture Book” Carlow County Library - Exhibition & Masterclass
Nov 2014 “RDS Art Source” Stand 89 (my ‘Fate of Mackerel’ featured in brochure)
June 2014 “The Market Gallery” Carlow Arts Festival - given a "pop-up" shop for the festival week
Incognito 2022 - Online Exhibition for Jack & Jill Foundation
2018 Goal What on Earth - for GOAL
2017 Athy Annual Exhibition
2017 Greenacres Wexford Annul Exhibition
2016 "Hares on the march" for the Jack & Jill Foundation
2016 Annual Exhibition
2015 Lucan Art Annual Exhition
Projects & awards
Mar-April 19 “Paint ‘trompe l'oeil” mural in Oak Park Stately House commissioned by Teagasc’.
July -Nov 18 "Goal - What on Earth" Charity Event round Ireland. Painted Globe
March 2016 “Michelle, The Healing Hare” – Hares on the March Project for Jack & Jill Foundation
June 2015: “Portraits for the Post Office” - Selected by OPW, GPO, CAF & Carlow Co. Co. panel.
August 2013 “Arthur Guinness Projects/Arts”: ‘HOPESEATS’ (design for community sculpture)
July 2013 Bursary mentorship for artists practice from Artlinks SE.
DCCI (Design & Crafts Council of Ireland)
VAI (Visual Artists Ireland)
IVARO (Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation)
Artlinks SE (Artlinks, South East Ireland)
Galleries & where you can view my work
Gallery 1608, Bushmills, Co. Antrim.
The Cockleshell Art-room, Main Street, Duncannon, Co. Wexford.
By Appointment at my studio in Carlow
Facebook - re-opening soon
Instagram - re-opening soon
New Irish Art - -re-opening soon
10 Yrs + Privately run weekly group & one to one tutoring to children and adults - age 8 to 80 + years from 2010 to 2020
Online via Zoom early 2020
Carlow & Kilkenny ETB/VEC
6+ Years from 2013 to 2020
Community & Special needs groups including one year with Carlow Wheelchair Ass.
Carlow Educate Together School 6mths project
Jan to June 2018 (5th Class)
Supervisor / print run planner, Castle Industries,
Isle of Man. Feb 1992 to Dec 1993
Supervisor/ print run planner/screen printer, Fashionflo, Dublin 3
Sept 1989 to Feb 1992
Further supervisory education through business, managing people and systems training CAT Accounting. Received Commendation for CAT paper 5 "Managing People & Systems" awarded 3rd place in Ireland, 27th place world-wide