Galleries at Providence City Hall
In the Main Gallery
‘GLÁS’ (GREEN): A contemporary view of the Emerald Isle
March 15, 2018 – May 14, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
‘Glás’ is the Gaelic word for ‘Green.' Painter Siobhan Cox-Carlos believes it to be symbolic of Ireland, often known as the Emerald Isle because of its patchwork of green fields. A farmer’s daughter, her love of the Irish landscape is deep and she has been painting it for thirty years. Glás is a representative selection of the elements that she loves most about Ireland - landscapes, gardens, interiors and, in recent years, the abandoned barns and cottages dotted across the countryside. The artist's studio, depicted in the painting "Wild Rose Studio," was one such cottage. It measures 23’ x 15’ inside and it would have been, at one point, a two room home for a farmer. Cox-Carlos is intrigued by the shapes that these buildings cut into the surrounding landscape. For her they represent a sadness, emigration, loss, of which there has been much in Irish history. She says she "wanted, through colour and paint, to bring them back to life again, even if only on canvas, let them live, breathe and dance!"
I am a painter known for my use of vibrant colour and love of texture and pattern. My work is an explosion of colourful and emotional responses to the world I live in, inspired by nature, fashion and indeed, life itself. I have a strong affinities with America and American Abstract Expressionists, in particular Willem De Kooning, Hans Hoffman, Wolf Kahn, and Joan Mitchell. I aim to interpret my subject matter by fusing my more figurative initial sketches into a looser, but still structured, method that distills the energy, emotion, and freedom of expressionist sentiment. Viewing my work should be an uplifting experience that provides the viewer with a flight of fanciful imaginings … of escapism and pure joy, if even for a moment.
Siobhan Cox-Carlos is a contemporary artist from the West of Ireland. She is an honours graduate in Fine Art from the Limerick College of Art & Design and a passionate painter. Inspired by the vibrancy and the energy of the abstract expressionists, her work has a ‘joie de vivre’ that she lives and wants to express through her colourful paintings, which vary from semi-abstract to abstract. She has exhibited nationally in Ireland and internationally in America in many selected group shows and has also had a number of solo exhibitions. She has had numerous residencies in Cill Riallaig, Co. Kerry and in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan. She has also exhibited in juried shows in Florida and had a 3 month residency in the Las Olas Art Centre, Fort Lauderdale in 2004. Her work is represented in private collections worldwide, including ones in Ireland, Europe, America, Bermuda, Mexico and Australia. It is also represented in the Office of Public Works State Art Collection, Roscommon County Council Civic Collection, National Cancer Screen Service (for which she was awarded a % for Art Scheme in 2010) Galway and Cork clinics, and the Department of Taoiseach. In her spare time Siobhan likes to salsa, hike, golf, read and enjoys a glass of wine and a chat with friends (though not all at the same time!)