Nicola Lynch Morrin – Petal Moments
An exhibition of works for sale by the award-winning painter and fine art printmaker Nicola Lynch Morrin is running at the Dower House Gallery at Emo Court until the 1st August 2022. It consists of exquisite botanical watercolours, etchings and archival prints, showcasing Morrin’s fascination with the beauty and individual mystery of flowering plants.
Nicola Lynch Morrin lives and works in County Kildare. She currently serves on the Council of the UK Society of Botanical Artists and as Festival Arts Officer for the Professional Artists exhibition in the Dunlavin Festival of Arts. She is a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin since 2011 and served on their Board of Directors from 2013–2017. Nicola was the Honorary Treasurer of The Water Colour Society of Ireland, 2017-2018.
Nicola is a member of The Irish Society of Botanical Artists, Visual Artists Ireland, The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club and is a Fellow of the UK Society of Botanical Artists. She graduated from of the National College of Art and Design with a Distinction in 1987. She has been honoured with many awards throughout her career including the prestigious RDS Dr Muriel Gahan Scholarship, the Dart Award for a work of distinction in The Watercolour Society of Ireland’s 157th Exhibition in 2011 and medals in 2016 & 2015 for her Aquatint Etching and Watercolour in the Annual Bloom Floral and Botanical Art Exhibition several awards for her work in the Annual Bloom Floral and Botanical Art Exhibition including Gold and Best in Show 2019.
In March 2017 Nicola was grant supported by Culture Ireland to exhibit her etchings and watercolours in “The Art of Colour: A New Grasses Exhibit” in the Portland Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. In 2018, 2017 and 2016 she was pleased to be an invited artist in the The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club’s 138th, 139th and 140th Annual Exhibition and was invited to be a member in 2018.
Nicola is a regular exhibitor in the Graphic Studio Gallery summer and winter exhibitions and she has exhibited widely in many other group exhibitions including the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and the Royal Ulster Academy, (RUA). Her watercolour work was exhibited in The Palace of Fine Arts Kraków with the European Conferedation of Watercolour Societies 2018. She was awarded a residency in the Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Co Kerry in 2016 and the Tyrone Guthrie Residency Bursary Award 2019 by Kildare County Council in 2019. Nicola has had eight successful solo exhibitions – ‘Fragile Lights’ her most recent solo show was held in the Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin in May 2018.
Her work is held in the Irish and British Governments collections.
My work has its origins in where I am – my surroundings, my garden. It is inspired by the natural world – its beauty, its hospitality, its contrasts, its surprises. I work in a close-up realist mode, magnifying my subject which is characterized by meticulous attention to detail and an intense richness of colour.
Despite an adherence to realism my work reaches beyond superficial appearances to imply hidden narratives. It strives to apprehend the spectator so that they stop, look and become captivated by my subject. Art has the power to make one see things in a new light – to rediscover the beauty of the everyday – a flower, a leaf. I have learnt that what I have not drawn, I have not really seen.
I create portraits of flowers. I see flowers not as mere decoration, but as distinct personalities. The more we know about flowers the less mute and silent they become. The more we quite ourselves to truly look at them the more secrets they reveal. And they have fascinating stories.
The ephemeral nature of flowers has been used as a metaphor for the human condition. Their mystery and evocative power has been a secret world I have always wanted to penetrate. I try to open myself to their universe – to discover some inner essence that helps crystalize their uniqueness. What I find amazes me. Flowers are a celebration of life’s transitory and fragile beauty. In my flower portraits I allow the viewer to contemplate the poignancy, fragility and continual beauty of life itself. Savouring my subject matter I try to reveal the beauty and fascination of the ordinary and present each image as a jewel to be treasured.
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.’ Buddha