"The physical rhythm required to work with molten glass is what I fell in love with, I wish to communicate the vitality and exuberance of the making experience. There is a wealth of possibilities for experimentation, however I strive for a bold simplicity, maintaining a clear direction to my explorations. I look for the subtle possibilities offered by traditional glass blowing processes such as colour overlay and venetian cane techniques, and constantly explore the visual interplay of opaque and transparent colours."
"When I was eighteen, I started at art school. I had always had an interest in figurative work, in the portrayal of the human condition, and from an early age I was familiar with the work of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Picasso. In art school I was attracted to the life drawing room where I determined to develop my skills as a figurative painter. I found myself to be an intuitive painter. I had little patience for the intellectual processes and conclusions involved with abstract and conceptual art. For me, to paint what I saw or felt or imagined around me should be a simple affair, painted from the gut." -- Graham Knuttel Graham Knuttel's bold use of colour and form and the narrative tensions which wind their way through all his work, make him a true story teller. Knuttel's works are instantly recognizable, making him one of Ireland's most popular and collectable living artists of our time.
Cecil Maguire was born in Lurgan in 1930 and graduated from the Queen's University Belfast in 1951. He then took a post at Lurgan College as the Senior English Master. In 1967 he became an associate of the Royal Ulster Academy. Maguire began exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1971. From 1982 to 1992 he exhibited at the Oriel Gallery in Dublin in a series of solo exhibitions. In 1981 he retired from teaching at Lurgan College to concentrate on painting and traveling. In 1993 he was a Gold Medal Award winner at the Royal Ulster Academy.
The development of Manus’s work has also been affected by his extensive travels, especially through Spain and Chile. The landscapes of Spain have had a particular influence, as for the past ten years he has had the opportunity to live and work in various locations in Andalucia during the winter months. Chile has also been a major influence in his career, and has had four exhibitions there, one in La Sebastian, Valparaiso, the former home of Nobel poet, Pablo Neruda. Manus has had more than forty solo shows since his first show in Galway in 1967. Outstanding among his many stained glass designs, were five windows for Galway Cathederal, and more recently , the Michael Green memorial window in St. John’s Church, Ballyvaughan. His work is included in both public and private collections both here and abroad.
Martin Mooney was born in 1960 in Belfast. He studied his Bachelors in Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic College of Art and Design before attending the prestigious Slade School of Art at Post Graduate level. He graduated from the Slade School in 1985. While attending the Slade School his style was somewhat at odds with the dominant emphasis on video, installation and conceptual art in the school at the time. Despite this he has been respected and complimented by critics and buyers since he first started exhibiting in 1980, for his high technical ability and virtuosity in painting. As early as 1990, he attracted the attention of Brian Sewell, a high profile art critic who wrote for Mooney's solo exhibition at The Solomon Gallery Dublin, that he is a 'fine painter with a natural intelligence.'