Grainne Dowling attended the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, gaining a BA Hons in fine art and painting. Originally from North Mayo, she now works from her studio on the edge of the Curragh Plains in County Kildare. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, including at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast. Her work is held in private collections worldwide.
'My subject matter is landscape, in particular the rugged landscape of North Mayo, Sligo, the Curragh Co. Kildare and the gardens and natural forms around me.
I want to celebrate the subtlety and nuance, the sense of timelessness, strength and fragility and to convey this through intuitive abstraction, memory, emotion, mark making and movement of paint.
Using the recognised language of landscape such as horizon lines and boundaries, the paint is scraped back, reworked, layered, all the while being mindful of the tones, shapes and edges created. These elements speak to me of waves, clouds, rocks, light, shadow, colour and form.
My aim is to distill images, memories, and emotions, leaving just enough room for subjective interpretation.'