THERE will be a homely, floral atmosphere in the city, as local artist Annemarie Bourke presents an exhibition on the “theme of flowers”, during this year’s Culture Night.
Though the artist is “known for flower paintings”, she said that she is revisiting the floral theme after not exhibiting a collection of this nature “for years”.
Ms Bourke’s exhibitions, she said, are usually tabled for the October bank holiday weekend, but she said that she decided to move it to Culture Night, on September 18.
“I decided when I was going to have it, that I would theme the exhibition. But I didn’t want to do just flower portraits, so I have woodlands, children in the garden playing, and anything with a flower in it. There is a bit of variety and variety of sizes, as well, for people to come in and enjoy. It’s just to open the doors, to light a few candles, we will have some wine, and let people see a working studio.
“They are all for sale, and we have prints starting at €20, so there is something for everybody. They make wonderful gifts for Christmas, too. They hold their value, and they are not going to deteriorate,” she explained.
While a lot of her work on display is of local flora, she said that some of the paintings are inspired by photographs and sketches from her trips to Europe.
“There also is still life, then you have figurative with kids in the garden there, playing with the little kitten. And you have the romantic paintings with the teacups with the roses on them, so there really is something everybody.”
Inspired by the work of American painter, John Singer Sargent, Ms Bourke said that she first started painting at 8 years of age, sketching boats by the canals in Killaloe.
She said that she is always learning new ways to paint to everyday.
“We are lucky today that we have the internet and we have Youtube, and you can go on and see all sorts of painters, and you can access DVDs of today’s masters teaching workshops, so today’s painter has no excuse not to learn.”
Ms Bourke’s exhibition will start at 5pm, in the studio at 98 O’Connell Street.