Faces of Change | Michael Friel at Artlink Fort Dunree


Faces of Change | Michael Friel at Artlink Fort Dunree Date/Time
Date(s) - 14/04/2022 - 28/05/2022
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Artlink Fort Dunree





The human face fascinates me. In my 30 years working with people as a nurse I saw the diverse range of emotions expressed in a moment’s glance .To develop my skills in capturing and communicating emotions I have drawn and painted the people who have influenced my life; musical icons like Luke Kelly, Jim Morrison, poets like Joyce, Heaney, Wilde and Beckett also world influencers like Einstein, Gandhi, JFK, Mandela, Martin Luther King.


Working from my base in Buncrana I now have the skills and confidence to take commissions. I create bespoke portraits from photographs of people from every walk of life including children , babies, group portraits, pets and special moments in people’s lives .


My work is representational. I love drawing and use mainly dry mediums; graphite and pastels mainly which allow me to work fast and produce finished portraits ready to be enjoyed. 


Portraiture for me is our primary connection to each other through the truth and beauty conveyed in a look.


All artworks are for sale. Prices range from €175 to €500 please contact the gallery staff or email info@artlink.ie for sales


About the artist

Michael Friel was born in 1966 in Glasgow ,Scotland to Irish parents. He attended Glasgow School of  Art from an early age specialising in Life Drawing then Glasgow College of Building and Printing doing Photographic studies. 

After working for 30 years as a Psychiatric nurse he returned to Ireland where he experienced ‘ ‘great reset ‘. He is now embarking on a journey of reconnecting with people, place and portraiture.


Artlink has a vision of a time when rural areas in Ireland will have a vibrant, sustainable art community, confident in the uniqueness of its voice. Artlink’s mission is to provide the expertise and physical resources to build a strong sustainable visual arts culture and contribute to the artistic and economic ecology of the North West of Ireland.

Our aims are to create opportunities for Irish and international emerging and established visual artists to develop their creativity and art practice at all stages of their career and to create a vibrant, committed and rigorous visual art community locally. We are proud to support Michael to present this his first solo show.


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