Fiona Power-Kerry Wave-Oil on Canvas
Kerry Wave, Oil on Canvas

Irish painter Fiona Power displays work in Monsaraz

The artist’s solo exhibition “Coast to Coast / Costa à Costa” is on show at the Igreja Santiago Municipal Gallery between July 13 and August 19.

Following an artistic residency in Estremoz last year, Irish painter Fiona Power is exhibiting some of her work in the hilltop Alentejo town this summer. The “Coast to Coast – Costa à Costa” exhibition opens on July 13 at the Igreja/Galeria de São Tiago and will be on show until August 19.

The artist’s solo exhibition consists of oil paintings inspired by the coastal connections, going back to ancient times, between Ireland and Portugal.

Supported by the Município de Reguengos de Monsaraz, this exposition will be a unique artistic celebration of the extraordinary links that the two nations have enjoyed during ancient times, expressed using paintings of the beautiful Irish coastline by one of Ireland’s most experienced painters.

“Working mostly in oils, I employ a variety of techniques and materials. I’m inspired by the beauty of colour and the emotion of the ethereal moments of change in the light and atmosphere of a particular place and time. I hope that my paintings bring about that same feeling for the place and time in the viewer and that they connect with the work on an emotional level,” says the artist.

Island Nation, Acrylic on Board
Island Nation, Acrylic on Board

About the artist:

Fiona Power is a graduate of fine art from Sligo IT (1984 to 1988), where she studied painting, photography and print.

Fiona was a member of the Backwater Artists Group when she lived in Cork City. She now paints  from her studio overlooking Dunmanus Bay in Durrus, West Cork,

Inspired by the beauty of her surroundings, Fiona paints the ever-changing land and seascapes close to her home. Harbour, inlets, hedgerows bursting with wildflowers, dramatic skies, and wild lily pools. With a great interest in the shifting light, Fiona captures the fleeting moment of a particular place in time. She has a great love of the Golden Hour, which can be seen in her treatment of morning and evening scenes.