'Coast'

Exhibition of Drawings by Lelia Henry.
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Monday 30th January - Sunday 12th February 2017


Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting works by the artist Lelia Henry.


Lelia Henry is an artist originally from Athlone. She studied art at IADT and NCAD before travelling to Florence, to study Old Master drawing techniques. Her work is firmly grounded in the traditional genres of landscape, and the figure, and has been selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition (2016, 2015) and the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition (2015). She has also exhibited nationally in a number of group shows and selected open submission exhibitions.


My drawings are intuitive, a direct response to the landscape around me. My aim is neither photo-realism nor loose interpretation, but to emphasise glimpses of the everyday in terms of light, shade, and texture. My process involves building up tones gradually, adding layer upon layer, creating texture on the surface. I try to covey the essence and atmosphere of a place, while maintaining a sense of depth.


The inspiration for these drawings came from a month-long trip to the Fanad Penninsula in Donegal last year. Walking on the beach every day, I found my attention was drawn constantly to the crumbling dunes. I was fascinated to see the land literally disintegrating before me and set about planning to return to the area to study the dunes in greater depth. Unusually high tides over the last five years have left the dunes almost completely washed away in places. Fence posts dangle uselessly from barbed wire, or have their bases completely exposed. While it is presumed that the dunes will eventually regenerate, the landscape will have been irrevocably changed. It is this shifting landscape which I wanted to explore with these drawings.

- Lelia Henry



Opening Reception: Sunday 5th February 3 pm - 5pm With guest Una Sealy (Judge of Irish Painter of the Year TV programme)


All Welcome!