glór is delighted to present Reflections, an exhibition of selected work by Dympna Bonfield, which runs upstairs in glór gallery until Saturday 1st October. The exhibition comprises 21 vibrant and stunning paintings inspired by the unique landscape of Clare and will be launched on Thursday 1st September at 6.30pm by Joe Lynch.
Dympna Bonfield is an Irish artist who exhibits work both nationally and internationally. After spending many years living and working in Dublin she returned west, to her native County Clare. Much of her recent work can be seen to reflect this move, and draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape resulting in a new found freedom of expression that reflects the essential character and culture of the west of Ireland.
This exhibition takes us on a wonderful, winding road of seashores, surf and sea-swells, of soft bog cotton, of furze, of stony Burren, of childhood, of sand, of home, of friends, of solitude.
Dympna’s work evolves from waiting, listening, contemplating and when the right moments arrive, unleashing memories, dreams, crashing tides. Busily, the palette knife or painting fingers dress the canvases in melodies of colour and movement and images are born unfettered by expectation or convention. The canvas, thick or thin with paint, makes colour blocks melt, prisms explode, and swirls converge,
From an early age Dympna Bonfield was interested in drawing and painting, and with little or no formal training is still mainly self-taught. Her career began as a primary school teacher and she later attended the National College of Art in Dublin where she qualified as an art teacher. Whilst teaching and living in Dublin she began exhibiting work in a number of Dublin galleries.
Some years ago Dympna’s career took a new direction when she undertook further training – this time in Goldsmiths College at London University where she qualified as an art psychotherapist. She has since designed and facilitated a course for psychotherapists enabling them to use art in their work with adults and children. These courses are now being run in various centres in Ireland.
Reflections will open on Thursday 1st September at 6.30pm in glór gallery. All welcome.
Joe Lynch has been involved in many levels of Education over the years. He is a skilled musician and has a keen interest in the arts. Joe is highly qualified in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is currently employed by the Department of Education. Joe has known Dympna for several years and is a keen admirer of her work.