Clare Arts Office in conjunction with the Clare Museum is delighted to present “Meanderings of a Colourful Mind” a collaborative painting exhibition by Marja van Kampen, Olivia O’Keeffe and Martina Furlong. What makes this a particularly strong collaboration is the elements that unite these three women artists as well as their differences.

Firstly, all three are pure Colourists with a clear fascination for the relationships between colours. They have a natural ability to create a certain mood and intensity by optimizing the effect of colours through their placement.

Secondly, all three artists are refreshingly playful in both their paint application and their imaginative depictions. These landscapes of the imagination emanate a sense of freedom and fun. The three artists have a very distinct and unique style and method of self-expression and yet they harmonize amazingly well together.

This wonderful exhibition is free of charge and runs from 19th December, 2023 to 26th January, 2024. Everyone is welcome!

Summary biographies of the artists:

Marja Van Kampen is originally from The Netherlands and lives in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Signal Arts Centre, Bray and an exhibition of Irish female artists at the Art Museum, Ankara, Turkey. Her work is in the collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works and Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland.

Olivia O’Keeffe  is originally from Cork but lives in Houten, The Netherlands  and has done for more than twenty five years, where she runs The Olivia O’Keeffe Gallery and Art Centre. Recent exhibitions include those at Shell Amsterdam as well as solo exhibitions on Sherkin Island, Cork and at the Red Door Gallery in Newcastle West, Limerick.

Martina Furlong was born in Co. Wexford and returned to live there in 2015 after residing in London for sixteen years. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at The Kenny Gallery, Galway and group shows at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival.

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