Jenny McConnell was born and raised in the Irish countryside of County Donegal, and made the move to Belfast after finishing school to complete a degree in Fine & Applied Art at the University of Ulster.
After graduating in 2012 she moved to Dublin to continue her art practice, where she lived and worked until 2014 when she emigrated to Australia for one year. It was not until her time in Australia that McConnell began to fully appreciate and value the rugged beauty of her native landscape. This realisation has greatly influenced her transition from her earlier figurative work into abstract landscapism.
McConnell has exhibited on a number of occasions since graduating, notably in the Royal Hibernian Academy, The Royal Ulster Academy and also the Glebe Gallery’s Open Exhibition, where one of her pieces won the Glebe Gallery Prize. She works with resin, ink, paint - and her work is characterised by great movement and depth. She wants her audience to feel as if they are moving through the landscape as they view her work.
"Since I have returned to Ireland, I feel very fortunate to live and work overlooking the Irish Sea. I draw inspiration from the colours, the textures and the forms of the landscape that surrounds me. I love to experiment with many different techniques and use various materials to achieve the effect I'm pursuing on that particular day."
This solo exhibition is part of Solo Irish '16.
04 May to 04 June.