Meet our Community of ARTHOUSE Studio Artists!
Moozhan co-founded The Laundry Room Collective, based out of his studio right here in the ArtHouse. The LRC organise pop-up exhibitions and events for recent graduate students and the wider community, Moozhan has lived in Lake Country for 24 years. He is a talented up and coming artist that is passionate about social activism and his community. Moozhan is a graduate of UBCO taking his BFA in Visual Arts and Art History. His artistic interests include painting, drawing, printmaking, and more. As a visual arts student he loves being involved with the artistic community both on and off campus. Moozhan took a lead role with the Visual Arts Course Union at UBCO during his final years there. He plans to continue working on his artistic practice, and be further involved with the local arts community.
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Síofra Kilroy Potash
From Ireland, Síofra spent the earlier part of her career exhibiting around Ireland in various galleries in Cork and Galway from 1999 - 2004. She opened her own gallery space in Kinsale, Ireland in 2004 and ran the Kilroy Studio Gallery until 2006. Síofra moved to Barcelona, Spain in 2006, continuing to hold solo exhibitions in Ireland. In 2008, she moved to New York to pursue a Master’s in Art Business at the Sotheby’s Institute of New York. After completing her Graduate program, she began working at Sotheby’s art auction house as an Archivist in Chinese Antiquities and Southeast Asian art. Following three consecutive interruptions of sons born, her career went on hiatus. Síofra moved to the Okanagan from New York in August 2021. She and her husband, their three sons, and a puppy, took to the road and drove to Kelowna from New York.
Síofra’s earlier work was strongly driven by a wish to reinterpret watercolour and its stigma of being an antiquated medium. She strove to create bold and colour-drenched pieces with a distinct geometric quality in her depictions of people and places. In more recent years, Síofra has become interested in creating work with an opposite pull, where these concentric circles of creative output are working outwards with a more extroverted execution, and to loosen the reign on perfectionism.
On the three weeks spent on the road passing through the mountain states of the United States and into Canada, Síofra was far more interested in the vast space in between, and the fullness of that theoretical emptiness. The lack of definition and the infiniteness of that nothing, is the language she wants to paint. A fullness that is conveyed in the choice of simplicity. This is quite polar to her earlier works, where fullness is created through an abundance of detail.
We welcome Siofra as the newest member of the Art House Studio 'family'
You can follow Siofra on instagram www.instagram.com/siofrakilroy
"I love nature up close- grasses, trees, all organic matter, sinewy and powerful. The angular, curva-linear shapes and marks that make up the world around us are profound when discovered in nature. There is something extraordinary about the movement of grasses in the breeze , the tangle of the undergrowth, the deep pools of pitch black water, the majestic ancient, gnarly trees with twisting branches reaching to the sky . These are the images that have influenced my work.
In recent years I have taken my painting outdoors . Plein Air painting is a whole new way of looking at the world around us; it creates a new way of seeing, and gives us a new language for capturing the three dimensional on a two dimensional surface. Many of the field studies done en plein air have resulted in large scale paintings reproduced in the studio. My intent has always been to paint big paintings for big impact, allowing the viewer a glimpse into the finer tunings of nature.
Color interpretation and exploration have been fundamental to these larger works. Playing with color is my passion – creating new colors in varying hues and values, and finding a complimentary shade that makes that color almost jump from the canvas.
I am a modern-day impressionist. I believe that the beauty of any entity lies in the impression it makes on us, that first emotional response we have when we witness it in all its glory - and that is what I paint."
Find Anne online at: http://www.annwillsie.com
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