Wild Flowers and Cleopatra


TRADITIONAL water colour techniques are a feature of the 43 works by Clare Cryan at the Kenny Gallery, Galway. The artist finds her inspiration in the western landscape which she interprets with a romantic vision. She derives inspiration from the flora peculiar to her western motifs which she depicts in ecosystem and still life studies.

She gains motivation also from studies of intimate interiors and her cat, named Cleopatra. Her cat drawings show a well developed knowledge of form, as do her studies of horses which she depicts in pastoral settings. Her studies of boats are also meticulously observed and her vision is, generally, a pleasant popular romantic one with no overt concern for texture or haptic potential.

However, a more experimental and painterly approach is adopted in her triptych The Hunter, the Dreamer, the Explorer which makes interesting use of a colour sgraffito technique.