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Éadaoin Glynn is a self-taught Irish artist living and working in Cork, in the South of Ireland.
When she was 17, Éadaoin couldn’t decide between places in both art college and university. She tossed a coin in her bedroom the final night before she had to make her decision. The coin landed for university and she turned her back on painting for over 20 years.
Éadaoin studied literature, travelled, working in theatre and business, before returning to Cork to raise her family and renewing her art practice. She painted privately in her home for years, only exhibiting for the first time in 2019.
“Moving from a non-creative life to a creative one was frightening and very exposing. Believing in yourself, in your abilities is hard. Showing my paintings made me feel vulnerable but each small act of bravery led to another. I found myself gradually returning to the inner confidence that I had as a child.”
Éadaoin paints exuberant, richly coloured, abstract expressionist work. She rarely use brushes, using DIY tools and gestural movements instead. She is interested in how paint moves and flows.
“The physical act of manipulating paint on a surface inspires me. I follow the journey of the colours. It begins to tell me a story. Layer upon layer, the painting begins to reveal itself. The physicality of how I move, where I stand, how I apply paint and my choice of medium are all part of my response. Sometimes I paint with thick layers of oil paint and cold wax medium. Sometimes I pour, spread and drip petal-thin layers of acrylic.”
Éadaoin is interested in our emotional response to memory and place. She’s influenced by Irish literature and mythology. Her daily walks are a rich source of inspiration and her colour palette changes with the seasons.
“There is something powerful about the pace of walking, about slowing down to observe small details. Every day, I'll discover new treasures: peeling paint on a wall, marks on pavement, submerged leaves in potholes, fallen branches, newly opened petals shiny with rain. Even when my walks are geographically restricted, my mind travels far into an internal landscape of memory. The pace of walking triggers memories of childhood walks, places I’ve visited and memories of stories about places where my ancestors lived. ”
She paints in series, abstracting and developing an idea over several paintings, building up a history of layers, excavating, scraping through and dissolving, echoing how land and memories are laid down over time.
Murze art magazine selected Glynn’s work for their cover in 2019, calling it “beautiful, emotive and bold, creating layers of colour and detail that visualise memories and trigger an emotional response with the viewer.” The effect on the viewer is a stirring of emotions and memories. Which explains why her work has appealed to such a large pool of collectors so quickly. A connection with place, especially when we are all feeling a sense of emotional displacement, is resonating with her audience.
Painting and writing are interconnected for Éadaoin, perhaps because she studied literature instead of art. “Writing my titles is an important part of my process and the painting is only fully revealed to me when I’ve named it.”
Recent exhibitions include the London Art Biennale 2021. Éadaoin’s work is in private collections worldwide.
I'm interested in our emotional response and connection with place.
Land and landscape are both internal and external. We carry our memories of place and land within us.
I'm influenced by Irish mythology, literature and inspired by my daily walks.
I paint abstract expressionist paintings, with colours and mark making inspired by my walks. I rarely use brushes, using DIY tools and gestural movements instead.
How I move, where I stand, how I apply paint and my choice of medium are all part of my response.
Sometimes I work wet on wet with thick layers of oil paint and cold wax medium; sometimes I pour, spatter and drip petal-thin layers of acrylic.
I paint in a series, abstracting and developing an idea over several paintings, building up a history of layers over months, echoing how land and memories are laid down over time. .
Selected for London Art Biennale, 2021.
Cover of Murze art magazine issue seven, who called Éadaon's paintings “beautiful, emotive and bold, creating layers of colour and detail that visualise memories and trigger an emotional response with the viewer".
Recent exhibitions include the London Art Biennale, Artlink, Donegal, West Cork Creates, Cork, Studio 12, Backwater, Cork and Artform, Dunmore East.
Recent press includes RTE Today, Munster Interiors, Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living and the Irish Examiner.
"The paintings arrived! They're absolutely beautiful! The colours are even more vibrant and textured than I imagined. My three year old was mesmerised too. He kept coming back to look at it, saying 'wow'! Thanks again for everything. I'm so thrilled with them. I feel like a proper grown up now with my original art!"
"I can't help but smile every time I see it: it puts me in a good mood every morning. I'm continuing to follow your new work and hope to be able to add some more of your amazing paintings to my collection in the future."
"I wake up to my beautiful painting every morning especially in this time of chaos and crisis. I was delighted to personally receive my painting so quickly and I have positioned this piece in my kitchen as that is where we spend most of our time daily. Every cloud has a silver lining and It will be known in years as my Covid painting."
"The vibrant colours in Eadaoin's paintings first caught my eye on Instagram but happily that vibrancy now catches my eye in my own home. The paintings bring joy and light into any space they are in! I couldn't decide on just one so I bought two - Eadaoin made the entire process very easy and enjoyable."
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