Pauline Garavan is a Westport based artist, working from a studio in the Custom House Studios and Gallery. She holds a BA (Ord.) in Art and Design from G.M.I.T., and a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art from Sligo I.T. She is a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland.
She works primarily in paint, along with some small-scale sculpture, focusing on themes which over the years have been quite diverse. Her work process involves delving deeply into the subject to consider its significance while uncovering its finer details. This approach allows her to create visually stimulating works that are rich in detail and are reflective and full of meaning.
She has exhibited widely in selected and group shows and has had many solo exhibitions. Her work is held in public and private collections in Ireland and the United States.
In November 2019, she was selected to travel to Philadelphia to show her work as part of the Straight Out of Ireland exhibition, organized by the Irish Immigration Centre of Greater Philadelphia.
In 2016 she exhibited her specially created work, ‘Shackleton’s Endurance’, in the Minihan Gallery and Reading Room in Athy Library, as part of Co Kildare’s official Centenary celebrations of the rescue of Ernest Shackleton’s crew off Elephant Island in the Antarctic. This work now forms part of the permanent collection of the Shackleton Museum Athy.
Other places she has shown her work in include: RHA; RUA; The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon; Íontas Arts Centre, Co Monaghan; Leitrim Sculpture Centre; The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen. In 2015 her work was shown in the, Mayo God Help Us! exhibition in Claremorris Gallery, selected by Catherine Marshall, former Head of Collections at IMMA, and Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the RHA. To coincide with the Volvo Ocean Race in 2009, a selection of her ‘Sea’ works were exhibited in Making Waves, at The Kenny Gallery, Galway. In 2008 her work was selected for the Taispeántas Ealaíne an Oireachtais in the Cork Vision Centre, by Walter Verling, Imogen Stuart and Maria Simmons Gooding. She has further shown her work as part of selected group shows in Westival, and the Galway Fringe Festival.
The Shambles, Ballaghaderreen I 61 x 45 cms.
Oil on board 61x45cms