Sebastiano Furci – artist and architect

Sebastiano Furci is an Italian artist & architect who has been living in Inishowen since 2007.

His most popular art includes Inishowen landscapes in oil, local architecture in watercolour and pencil portraiture.

Andy Smith – photographer

Andy Smith is a self-taught photographer.

He’s been taking photographs since the early 1980s. His first camera was a Fujica STX-1 given to him by his parents as a birthday present.

The majority of his work, taken now with a digital Canon EOS20D, comes from a number of places. It’s mostly used on the websites he designs. He’s taken photographs at friends’ weddings and simply for fun – the weddings were probably a little too stressful to be fun!

His photographs were also used widely in print at his last job, where he became the ‘photographer in residence’ (even though that was not his primary role).

His main subjects include family, wildlife, landscapes and performers at music festivals. He’s particularly inspired by the performers of World Music, which is his main musical interest.

Andy had his first exhibition recently in Carndonagh with artist Sinéad Smyth.

The Canon EOS20D remains his trusty workhorse.

Pascal Tobac – artist

Born in Nancy (France) and now established in Ireland, Pascal’s earliest work as an artist was inspired and characterised by “hyperrealism”. Over time, his work progressed towards a non-figurative, almost, abstract style.

He has developed a specific technique which, he hopes, will attract your attention…

Audrey Doherty – milliner

Audrey Doherty discovered millinery while studying Fashion & Textiles in London. By the time Audrey had completed her studies, she was selling to independent and Bridal boutiques in London, participated in a major Bridal fair at the Savoy Hotel and had a significant number of private and commercial clients.

Her work has been shown at the Chelsea Festival and Kensington Town Hall. Her designs have been filmed and included in a TV documentary on Ascot Ladies Day.

Audrey has shown in Graduate Fashion Week, during London Fashion Week, and in A Week of Hats organised by The Hat Magazine. The magazine also ran an article and featured several of her designs.

During Alternative Fashion Week 2005, Audrey was one of a group of 6 designers who were featured in a film for British Satellite News. She also trained in Theatrical Millinery and has designed for theatre shows and was commissioned to re-create model Jordan’s wedding tiara for the Little Britain team, as featured in Heat magazine. This tiara was used again in OK Magazine and Channel 4’s ‘Star Stories’.

Audrey’s bridal designs have been featured in Conde Naste Brides and Itialian Sposa bridal magazines.
Having recently re-located to Ireland, Audrey has introduced her millinery at the i.CARE Inishowen Fashion Week 2011 and designed a new body of work for ICARE Fashion Show 2012. Inishowen Women’s Information Network invited her to show in their annual Fashion event. She also exhibits her millinery with Inishowen Rural Arts Network.

Audrey is part of the Craft Collective at the Craft Village in Derry.

Philip McFadden

Philip lives and works in the North West. He has exhibited internationally since 1983.

With almost 30 years of completed work, Philip McFadden’s work has been displayed across the globe. Predominantly sculptural to date, his work has evolved from many sources of inspiration- from socio-political, to satire amongst others.

Combining subtle black humour with thought provoking imagery it has been regarded not only as visually striking but also thoughtful, inspiring and accessible – open to interpretation by audiences not always integrated within the narrow limits of the world of visual arts.

Philip has, in recent years, resumed painting and has produced a body of work in oil.

Evelyn Doherty

Evelyn Doherty lives in Inishowen, County Donegal and it is the everchanging weather and light of this place that largely inform her artwork in terms of colour and texture.

Everyday observations, incidents and encounters also determine the final outcome, simultaneously representing the cultural diversity of her home place.

The camera lens, textile work and printmaking all contribute to the overall body of work.

Jes McSparron – wood carver

Jes, as a Tree Surgeon, uses his carving skills to explore sculptural possibilities, texture, and form from a varied encounter with both native and non-­native tree species.

Often this culminates in a resolved piece of artwork but often the organic nature of the material dictates the outcome.

The raw marks of the blade are sometimes left visible to contrast with the imperfections of the wood, which contributes to the overall aesthetics of the final piece.

Una Roe

Una lives in Inishowen and experiments with various materials and different mediums that reflect the colours and changing landscapes of the Irish environment, be it The Bog or The Coastal Shorelines.

She incorporates found and salvaged materials into her work.

Sinéad Smyth – artist

Sinéad Smyth is an Irish artist with a passion for people and the landscapes of Inishowen, County Donegal. She paints in oils and facilitates arts projects and workshops which lead to creative developmental change in personal and community perspectives.

Her painting comes from a love of observation, which is followed in many cases by painting from life, memory or photographic record. She creates vibrant, energetic atmospheres and emotions in her work.

Sinéad has spent time studying and working with several professional artists. In 2010 she won an award for her portrait in oil at the “Open Your Mind Exhibition”, NUS-USI, Northern Ireland. She has worked on many collaborative projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Her work is held in the collection of Belfast City Council, Derry City Council and in private collections in Ireland, England and France.

These semi-abstract landscapes are executed in heavy, buttery oil paint which she applies by brush, knife and by hand. This technique is combined with a confident use of intense colour. These lush atmospheric paintings have wide appeal and are highly collectable.

Janet Ross, Ross Fine Art