Looking West by Hilary Eustace
Hilary Eustace grew up in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, and currently lives in Galway, where her primary passion is painting. From an early age, Hilary showed an interest in and flair for art, developing a distinctive style in her school years. She continued feeding her love of creative expression by studying jewellery design part-time in NCAD for three years. She also studied jewellery design in London's Central St Martin's.
On moving west to Galway, Hilary began to explore oil painting, and over the past five years has been developing her oil-painting and life-drawing techniques. Her father's love of Irish art was evident on the walls of her family home, where works by Markey Robinson, Charles Lamb and May Guinness hung. The influence of these artists can be seen in her paintings today, with her work echoing the naive expressionist style that became associated with artists like Jack B Yates and Markey Robinson and the post impressionist style of Paul Henry.
Holidays spent in Connemara and life in Galway are inspirations for this Exhibition, entitled 'Looking West'. Hilary is particularly interested in landscape, both inhabited and wild. Movement and drama are conveyed through the bold use of colour and the interplay of geometric and fluid lines. Detail is somewhat eschewed in favour of the abstract, but the scenes are always recognisably, unmistakably, Galway.
The Exhibition in ICE Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin is open to the residents and non residents alike and features fifteen paintings, available to view/purchase starting from €400 and runs until mid July 2014.