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Artist: Neal Greig

Course Date: 24th – 26th June 2024
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: Beginners – Advanced
Course Cost: €360

Neal Greig was born in Belfast in 1965.  He completed a BA Hons in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art in 1987 then went onto postgraduate studies in Drawing and Painting. He was awarded the Andrew Grant Scholarship for Postgraduate Study. In 1991 he was Artist in Residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and was awarded other residencies with at Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship (Vermont, USA), Ballinglen Fellowship, O’Reardon House Fogo Island Newfoundland, Ontario Art Society Field Trip and Cill Raillig Art Studios. He is a recipient of the prestigious 2009 Pollock Krasner award and is the 2024 RUA prize winner of the Hambley & Hambley French Residency. In 2018 Neal was elected to the Royal Ulster Academy. Neal has exhibited both in Ireland and the UK, his work is held in private and public collections including the Norther Ireland Arts Council collection. He had a solo exhibition with Gormleys Fine Art in October 2020. Neal’s inspiration comes from the quiet corners of woodlands and lakes of Tyrone, Fermanagh, Armagh and Monaghan as well as the west coast of Ireland, and further field.

About the course

Artist’s often have complimentary creative practices. One might think of how Turner’s innovative use of watercolour informed his large scale oil paintings.

Likewise, I often use watercolour as my medium of choice for observational studies when exploring and familiarizing myself with a new location, capture the sense of place, exploring composition and colour. There is a certain lightness of touch, translucency and quickness that lends itself to the transitory nature of landscape.

The portable nature of the medium allows for walking, looking and responding. Gathering information while exploring interesting places.

I invite artists of all levels to join me while I explore through use of watercolour the costal landscape of Dunmore East.

The two day workshops can be taken as a stand-alone creative unit, or flow into a three day charcoal and oil course which follows immediately after, where the invaluable preliminary information gathered in watercolours is brought into play when developing an oil painting.

* The course takes place in the beautiful seaside village of Dunmore East and Artform modern light-filled seaside studio with 24hr access for each visiting artist, and runs from 11am to 5pm on the first day and from 10am to 4pm on the subsequent days. Cost does not include accommodation, on request Artform offers artist accommodation options. Details on art materials will be provided after signing up to the course.

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