Eileen Meagher

Eileen Meagher Studied art in the sixties at NCAD and was also taught draughtsmanship.
 
She depicts a rural Ireland, which emulates nature and it’s remoteness, emphasising the solitude of the west of Ireland.
 
Eileen Meagher’s landscapes show us the remaining remnants of an untouched land devoid of urbanisation. Her style ofpainting contains a distinct personal signature. The prominence of the sky in her work is offset by the rugged marks of the mountainous horizon, characteristics that lend her paintings this distinct style. An artist of Kerry origin, her work reflects an atmosphere of the west of Ireland coastline. She presents a land, whichhas remained untouched for generations. Renewing itself with the cycles of the season, the same landscape which inspired Keating, Henry or Yeats, and later such artist as Gerard Dillion, Letita Hamilton and Camille Souter. Each generation brings new interpretation of the land, while the source of inspiration; the landscape of the west of Ireland, has remained the same, an untouched enduring land. Eileen Meagher’s paintings offer us an iconography of the west of Ireland.
 
“Glistening rocks, water cascading down mountains belching from gorges and overfilling streams”.
 
Mountains draped in cobwebby clouds. The blackness of turf stacks silhouetted against hazy blue mountains.
 
Sheep everywhere! Ponies grazing on hillsides. Cattle cooling by lakes.
 
Roofless ruins of famine cottages dotted all over a land that was once so densely populated. How many artists have stood on the shores of Doo Lough with the ghosts of the past. Ridges in tiny fields half way up mountains that gave hope of a meal. Beaches without a single footprint. A deserted land.
 
Dark evenings in winter with a wonderful scent of turf smoke in the air.
 
The beauty of this place has obsessed me and I strive daily to translate into paint, my beautiful Connemara.”