THE eve of her first solo exhibition in
Dublin's Kevin Kavanagh Gallery and Kilbride native artist Cora
Cummins is in jubilant mood - joined by maybe just the smallest
twinge of nerves!
While Cora has exhibited her work in many
group shows, going solo is something different, a big step that places
her firmly on the next rung of the artistic ladder.
A native of Carrigslaney, Kilbride, Cora
admits that she never wanted to do anything else but pursue a career in
art. Her love of all things artistic was forged while she attended
Ballon NS and further enhanced during her secondary education in Tullow
"Miss Dempsey's art classes- you
know," she laughs warmly.
Cora went on to study fine art in DIT
Mountjoy Square and graduated with a first class honours degree in
printmaking in 1995- since then there's never been a dull moment for
No sooner had she her piece of parchment
paper in her hand, than Cora was chosen as a member of the Black Church
Print Studio based in Dublin's Temple Bar. Through her involvement with
this studio Cora has exhibited in many group shows including the RHA
Annual Exhibition, The Temple Bar International Print Show and landscape
at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.
But all this work has been a steady
progression to her first solo exhibition which opened last Thursday
night at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.
The exhibition is inspired by the
landscape, in particular places in county Carlow and the coast line at
Carlingford, county Louth. Employing a muted palette of tones and
simplified forms, the prints are all limited editions - but even so,
none of the prints are exactly the same.
"They are all based on landscapes
and are various sizes but mostly medium or large," Cora explains.
"There are 14 pieces in the
exhibition which I have been working on for the past 7 months.
"The technique I use is a very old
one and involves etchings on inked plates, not unlike the way old
newspapers were printed. It's very laborious and technical but it's the
style I work in," she admits.
When East/West Link spoke to Cora on the
eve of the opening, she was busily working in the gallery putting the
finishing touches to the exhibition.
"Now that I see it all in place, I'm
not as nervous as I was- I'm now looking forward to it," she
Cora's exhibition was formally opened the
following evening by her former lecturer in DIT Mountjoy Alice Hanratty
and by all accounts was deemed a marvellous success. Already Cora's work
has featured in a number of collections including the Bank of Ireland's
and the OPW's and there seems little doubt that the current exhibition
will also be quickly snapped up.
With all this success behind her Cora is
the pride of her parents Tom and Elizabeth and her
four sisters Fiona, Maureen and Frances.
Cora's exhibition will run in the Kevin
Kavanagh Gallery until September 2, open from Tuesday to Saturday