Custom House Studios at Westport Quay are pleased to reopen to the public with an exhibition of paintings ‘Earth’s Silent Embrace’ by Jane Williams. Jane Williams began her artist career in London with a degree in fine art/textiles from Goldsmiths’ College, London. She studied painting at GMIT. She is now establishing herself as a professional artist working from her studio in Louisburgh, Co Mayo.
2018-9 Jane has shown her work in solo, joint and group shows as part of Westival, Westport. She has exhibited in group shows at Green Fuse Gallery,Westport, The Linenhall, Castlebar, Courthouse, Oughterard, Townhall Gallery, Galway
In 2019 Jane was selected for Cairde Visual at the Model, Sligo. 2019. During 2018-19 she was co-running the Solas Upstairs Gallery, Louisburgh.
“I think of my work as an attempt to express my search for silence. In this quietness we can sense how our human life is interwoven with all natural things, how all that is around us, human and non-human, is breathing the same breath. In this realisation we are able to contact the most vital depths of our humanity.
‘Earth’s Silent Embrace’ is a collection of works of varying sizes on paper and board. They depict otherworldy landscapes which illustrate the connection between us, the elements and our Earth. I have always had a fascination with religious icons and how they provide a doorway to a sacred world. They are present in my acrylic and watercolour paintings as intangible and faceless figures which exist beyond time and place. Conversely, my ink drawings depict more personal, tender and enchanted moments of silence. In each case my aim is to transport the viewer into a quiet place so they can ‘listen’ to the colours of a dawn sky, ‘hear’ the warm breath of a tree or and sense the beat of the universal heart.
Diverse influences on my work range from medieval illuminated manuscripts and early renaissance artists such as Giotto and Fra Angelico through early 20th century illustration such as Arthur Rackham to the magical realism of Peter Doig, Paula Rego and Janet Mullarney.”
– Jane Williams