September 16th, 2014
ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING THINGS.
Why do visual artists paint single images ? What is the story behind the subject ? Why did he paint it the way that he did, traditional, abstract, graphical, cubist, etc ?
Probably mainly to communicate a feeling, a pleasant moment in time, a record,or perhaps just for financial reward ?
But the full storey is very rarely in the viewing of a single image.
To expand our perceptions on this on this conundrum I have looked back at my personal web sites and have updated
to go some small way to give viewers a deeper glimpse into what turns the artist on and by combining images I have created stories and events which
brings new life to your way of looking at things. Open your mind , look into the future
Keep the brush wet and your camera at the ready. Val.
March 8th, 2014
Welcome to My Ireland
I was born in Dublin and attended University College Dublin graduated with a Bachelor
of Architecture degree. After a short spell of working in London I returned to Ireland
and set up an architectural practice which was very successful. After becoming a member of the
Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland I was made a Fellow in 1985.
In the early 70’s the practice expanded overseas and eventually had offices in Nigeria, Sudan
and Libya along with doing work in other countries in Africa.
With a strong interest in genealogy, inherited from my father, I was elected in 1992 Chieftain of
Clan O’Byrne and eventually was elected Chairman of The Clan’s of Ireland.
From an early age I always painted and this I carried on all during my professional career.
In the early nineties I retired from Architecture to indulge my artistic aspirations and opened an
art gallery in Bray. Probably because of my architectural background my work has been very
much influenced by the urban environment of an island surrounded by water.
So the vast bulk of my paintings reflect typical Irish buildings in landscapes and the many
harbours around the coast of Ireland with various degrees of quirkiness relating to the nature
This has proven to have been very rewarding both spiritually and visually which has left me
with a deep knowledge of Ireland along with a very large record of around two thousand
images of Ireland over a period of 20 to 30 years.
Patrons have included three Presidents of Ireland, Jane Kennedy Smith, former US Ambassador to Ireland, Dept. of Foreign Affairs for many paintings in Irish Embassies throughout the world, many other Government Departments, Private and Corporate art collectors in many countries.
I hope you will enjoy through my paintings what I have enjoyed in travelling the lenght and breath of Ireland and the privilege of recording it for posterity.
Val Byrne, B.Arch., FRIAI. artist.
All of my images are copyright and may not be used without my permission.
If you are interested in an original painting of a particular scene or would like a signed and
numbered limited edition print please contact me by email.
You may view me on video on youTube painting a watercolour on at an art exhibition /workshop.
and for a different look at Ireland browse www.mywobblyireland.com Enjoy !
March 1st, 2014
I painted this watercolour a few years ago at a demonstration workshop/ exhibition which was called Panoptic . About six artists with different skills were each given one hour to set up, paint and complete a painting of their choice.
The above painting I managed to complete in just under an hour and a quarter.
The size was a full size watercolour sheet so there wasn't much time to hang about and wait for water to dry ! Good watercolours can be achieved in very little time depending on the detail. Every one seemed to enjoy the demo and even at the end a nice lady offered to buy it ! I declined gracefully and I still have my fast and furious baby hanging here at home.
I thought perhaps you might like to share the excitement of the moment so a short 7 minute video of the demo is now on line
Click on the ' MORE INFORMATION ' button below to activate the video.