Clifden Arts Festival proudly presents a world premier, the complete, 53 works in all, of Crazy Jane, an exhibition of paintings and prints by Pádraic Reaney based on poems WB Yeats wrote in his later years based on an eccentric old woman, ‘Crazy Jane’. In the poems Jane’s chance for love is ruined by an interfering bishop, who conspired to keep her and her lover Jack apart – after Jack’s death Jane’s spindly figure is seen walking through dense woodlands, A landscape which the artist based on Coole Park.
Reaney explores the wonderful imagery of Yeats’s poetry through a stunning array of painting techniques, using oil, gesso, watercolour and charcoal. There is also a set of prints using drypoint on CDs, block prints, monoprints and carborundum.
Pádraic Reaney was born in Carraroe, Co. Galway in 1952. He studied Fine Art at Galway, Regional Technical College encouraged by the well-known sculptor Oisín Kelly and has been a full-time artist since leaving college. He painted for several years in Galway; later he built a studio in Moycullen, where he now lives and works. He has exhibited extensively in Ireland, Scotland and Wales and his work is in public and private collections in Ireland as well as in Europe, Canada, USA, Brazil, Japan, South Africa and Australia. His work is held in collections such as the Modern Irish Art Collection; Dublin Writers Museum, Ireland; Irish Embassy, London; Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, USA; Siena Art Institute, Italy; Urawa Wood-Cut Prints Association, Japan.
He explores these histories and stories through painting, printmaking and sculpture. A founder member of Western Artists, Island Connection, Reaney was the first artist to have a web based exhibition at the Kenny Gallery, Galway. In 1996 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Galway Arts Centre. He has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad in major festivals and group shows. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections in Ireland, Europe, Canada, the United States, Brazil, Japan, South Africa and Australia.
launch: Thursday 17 September, 7pm, by Des Lally
Courtesy Clifden Arts Festival