IN PICTURES: Masterclass in the magnificent setting of Laois – Photo 1 of 11
The Laois Arthouse hosted artist Tom McLean who led a four-day Build/Deconstruct art program for adults, in the beautiful setting of the Malthouse, Stradbally.
Annual masterclasses are organized by the Laois Arthouse, and this year’s program focused on approaches to figurative painting and imaginative compositions.
The main focus was referencing the images through a preliminary collage and drawing stage which they used as a unique reference for larger portraits and figurative paintings. Attendees were very enthusiastic, citing it as a most exciting and inspiring program.
As part of Tom Mclean’s residency, he presented an illustrated lecture and slideshow at the Laois Arthouse Gallery. Tom took the audience through his artistic journey, citing the formative experiences he had to lead him to the artist he is today. There were plenty of people for conversation with neighbors of Tom’s of Stradbally and art lovers who came to listen to this promising and gifted artist.
“We were delighted to have had the opportunity to host Tom McLean as part of the annual Laois Arthouse series, Adult Masterclass. Tom is a world-class artist and we will follow his artistic career with interest and pride,” said Muireann Ní Chonaill, Head of Laois Arts.
Participants said that this Build/Deconstruct workshop was an excellent workshop and very informative. They were also pleased with the approach to painting which, it was said, was totally different from anything that had been done before.
Another person described Tom McLean as a gifted teacher who was very encouraging and very generous in sharing his personal practice.
McLean is an award-winning visual artist and curator from Stradbally, Laois, currently living and working in Galway City, where he is a studio artist and former director of 126 Artist Run Gallery.
A 2016 CCAM, GMIT graduate specializing in painting, McLean completed an additional year of study at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. Tom has been shortlisted and won numerous awards including the ESB Keating Award, the Whyte Award and the Hennessy Craig Award.
Her portrait titled Note to Self was a finalist for the Zurich Portrait Prize and can be seen at the Crawford Gallery in Cork until July 17.
Photographer Michael Scully took pictures during the Stradbally course. Scroll through them above.
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