New Artists at the Gallery

Blue Cow by Aaron Holton

‘Blue Cow’ by Aaron Holton


We are delighted to welcome three new artists to the Lavelle Art Gallery this summer – Frances Ryan, Dave West and Aaron Holton


Frances Ryan

Frances is from County Longford and is currently based in County Down, Northern Ireland. An associate member of the Royal Ulster Academy, Frances’ work is part of the state art collection on both sides of the border. Frances has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and has had several solo exhibitions in Belfast, Cork and most recently in Dublin’s Solomon Gallery. Her work has is made of exquisitely assembled layers of collage, oil paint and gold leaf. We are currently showing a series of paintings based on the gardens at nearby Kylemore Abbey. There is an ethereal, magical quality to this work which compliments the subject and that must be seen to be fully appreciated.


Kylemore Gardens 2 by Frances Ryan

Kylemore Gardens II by Frances Ryan


Kylemore Gardens 1 by Frances Ryan

Kylemore Gardens I by Frances Ryan



Dave West

Dave West was born in Wales but is now settled in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. He studied at the Carmarthenshire College of Art and Design and recently completed a degree in Art History with the Open University. He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland and is a regular exhibitor in group shows including the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy. Dave works mainly in oils and his subjects are the everyday objects that he is drawn to, some because of their physical qualities and others because of their personal meaning. Each painting is astutely crafted and demonstrates an exceptional affinity with the medium of oil.


Allsorts by Dave West

‘Allsorts’ by Dave West


Novelty Parers by Dave West

‘Novelty Parers’ by Dave West



Aaron Holton

Aaron Holton studied fine art at the Crawford College of Art and Design in his home county of Cork. Now settled in Connemara, Aaron explores the animal life of the surrounding countryside but chooses to replace the landscape with a negative space. This accentuates the figures and allows the viewer to invent a landscape of his or her own choosing. Aaron’s medium of choice is oil pastel which he combines with delicate washes of watercolour. We are delighted to showcase the work of this talented young artist here in Clifden.


Brown Cow by Aaron Holton

‘Brown Cow’ by Aaron Holton




Blue Cow by Aaron Holton

‘Blue Cow’ by Aaron Holton



by Deborah Watkins