By eimear kavanagh, Oct 25 2017 09:30AM

I have been invited to take part as a guest artist at the Oxton Art Fair next month.

This is exciting for me because i once lived in Oxton (ten years ago when I first moved to Merseyside from London) all on my lonesome. I love to re-visit these feelings of curiosity & the quailty of being new in unfamiliar surroundings - when you don't have to get on a plane to feel like an explorer. Now that I return, I feel really fond of this place & remember how I was supported by the people who I met here.

It is also exciting because I've not exhibited for over three years. I chose to take time out from 'selling' because I wanted to put my focus on experimenting; working in this way without the demands of exhibitions allows more freedom to evolve within my artistic practice. I also felt that in a way, I'd hit a bit of a wall with ideas, theme, direction & needed to find new ways to float my boat. So I have really enjoyed my studio time but now feels right to start putting my work back out there.

For me the most rewarding part of exhibiting is not the sales or the money made, its seeing the new collection of work framed, up on walls and being able to celebrate that with anyone who appreciates. Half a dozen framed art works equal 3 years of thinking, making, trying, re-trying, grafting, sacrificing, highs/lows, determination and sheer commitment.

There will be 23 local professional, contemporary artists, including established & new members & guests showcasing a diverse mix of quality arts and crafts across several rooms. A chance for you to support local artists & own something original (or gift a loved one) give up the high street chain stores etc etc you know the score.

Open to public:

Saturday 25th Nov 10am - 5pm

Sunday 26th Nov 10am - 4pm

PV Friday 24th Nov 7-9pm * This is tickets only (if you would like a personal invite please let me know) Tickets are limited.

By eimear kavanagh, Oct 15 2017 11:04AM

These are the sketches I made early 2016 when I was then starting to think a lot about human connection with nature / or this lack-of in our lives. Eyes, also know as 'the windows to the soul' started to apper more in my work in the form of collage mixed with paints & ink. I wanted to create landscapes of ethereal beauty, ones which bring together human form with natures creation.

Eventually a finished piece of work came out from this which is delicately sensitive & precious to me.

'A Sense of Reality' was named after a song by Irish singer/songwriter Ray Dunne, a dear friend of mine who took his own life around the same time as these works were being made. Sometimes in life things happen that are hard to make sense of. But there is always an alternative way of seeing.

'You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heath of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one. For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?'

Khalil Gibran

A Sense of Reality 2016
A Sense of Reality 2016

By eimear kavanagh, Aug 23 2017 04:58PM

I collect these.

I've never been the kind of artist who carries around a sketch book & pens but I love to photograph anything that look interesting & i often pick up objects that have been discarded on the side of roads. I think I started to do this because I am a cyclist so I see the things that I wouldn't do otherwise. On ground level & in the city pathways that serve as good short-cuts.

The little silver nitrous oxide gas canisters, I see them eveywhere. I'm pretty sure I was seeing silver flashes for a long time but it wasn't until I stopped to pick one up that started to become hooked on picking them up. They're always by the curbs - they must get blown into them.

I didn't know what they were at first, learnt that they are the remnants of the good/bad times had by the kids, evidence of their dangerous highs & lows. Inhaled, they make people feel euphoric, relaxed & can also bring hallucinations. There is some debate about how the term Hippy Crack came into use, some argue hippy refers to the laid back stereotypical user while crack is a reference to the drug's quick onset. Sometimes I get a bit surprised at how many of these are littering the streets. I could go on about the damage that they must be doing to the brain but I wont because I was young once too.

Sadly, the more deprived the area, the more canisters are found. In the more well-to-do areas there are no canisters to be seen whatsoever. A sign of the times. Sooner or later I may stop spotting them as the next new drug of choice becomes more fashionable.

I dont know what I will do with them yet. One day I might make something, but for now I will keep adding to my collection. I like the act of collecting them; I could probably go along to any UK summer festival & gather thousands of them in one fell swoop & make some epic sculpture out of them. But I wont because I like the satisfaction of spotting them one by one. I love metalics. I like the contrast between the new/untouched shiny canisters and the old battered weather worn ones which look like they've been dug up from some Neolithic tomb.

Having an artists studio is great because you can store mad & random things that would otherwise be annoying and unacceptable in the home space.

By eimear kavanagh, Aug 11 2017 01:37PM

I'm all for a bit of making random connection with people and chance happenings & one of the things I love about twitter is how it can work in this way. So, when an opportunity arises.

Last week I sent a random love letter to a stranger (it was requested randomly!) it's a really difficult thing to write when it's a person you've never met before. I said it with flowers, I hope in the most non-stalky way possible.

And the flamingos postcard is now somewhere inbetween London and Pardo Cebu City (Philipines).

Everybody loves a hand-written letter through their letter box.

"The law of attraction (LOA) is the belief that the universe creates and provides for you that which your thoughts are focused on. It is believed by many to be a universal law by which “Like Always Attracts like.” The results of positive thoughts are always positive consequences. The same holds true for negative thoughts always leading to bad outcomes. But the LOA is much more than generalizations; thinking about red Lamborghinis will bring you red Lamborghinis – always. To the believers, questioning the validity of the LOA is akin to heresy and blasphemy; it creates religious fervor. To the uninitiated, it may seem silly to discuss even the possibility that such a law could exist"

Psychology Today

Spreading the love.


By eimear kavanagh, Aug 10 2017 09:21AM

In 2008 I worked on a private commission in Sydney, in response to the theme of India's Holi Festival. The home owner wanted a brightly coloured collection of contemporary paintings which echoed the clouds of technicoloured powder.


They were made with mixed media paints & collage & included actual holi powders from India. In some I also created designs from Rangoli art with silver/gold chromatic papers. The four images were the final pices made in large scale (1 meter x 1 meter) and framed. You can see all the smaller/experimental back up works I made in preparation, under my order & chaos page.

I was totally in my element when I worked there in the back garden under the Sydney sunshine.

I continued working with the luminous holi powders for a few months back at home and there is one pink pigment that brought so much chaos into my rented flat. It got everywhere. It was in the air and settled all over window sills and the floor boards. I spent so much time bleaching a scrubbing right up until the day I moved out. On my hands and knees with bleach & wire wool. I was totally surprised that in the end I was refunded my full deposit money back.

By eimear kavanagh, Jul 27 2017 11:14AM

In August I will be running the first of a series of family-friendly workshop at The Whitworth to coincide with the BEYOND BORDERS exhibition. This is currenly running as part of the South Asia art and culture programme, Manchester. For more info follow this link:


Beyond Borders is a show by four artists working on issues around IDENTITY, FRAGMENTATION, AUTHENTICITY, DISPLACEMENT and BELONGING. On my visit I was particularly inspired by the performance installation film made by Raisa Kabir 'Warping the borders, fringes; fractured...' you can see this here:


I am now planning a session around these themes and thinking about how I can link these ideas together with the traditional Indian art of Rangoli.

Raisa Kabir at work
Raisa Kabir at work
Rangoli - Indian street art
Rangoli - Indian street art

By eimear kavanagh, Jul 19 2017 10:50AM

Well I stumbled accross an artists application a few weeks ago for residency in an old fish factory located in the arse-end of the country in Iceland & I thought oh my god I have to go.

I have been wanting to visit Iceland since the age of 15 (fascination began with The Sugarcubes) & I knew one day that the dream would come true. One week after applying, my application was approved & I was offered a place.

Over the moon. I love when things happen so quickly & spontaneously.

What got me going on this was that some amazing friends of mine had just returned from a cruise around Iceland & on hearing that I had applied for residency, they gifted me a generous pile of banknotes to begin my pocket-money savings. The local currency is Krona a.k.a 'the Icelandic crown'.

I was really drawn to the portrait of Ragnheiður Jonsdottir on the 5000 note, I just found her interesting because of her hat and her elaborate frilly neck collar I began to ink her portrait onto my vanity case.

The vanity case has been in my posession since childhood and used to contain all my secrets as it had a lock and key on it. I remember writing loads of things about the boys that I fancied at school in notebooks and hiding them in there. The bag has much sentimental value to me as it represents something of my fantasies / hopes / dreams from childhood and now again as an adult. Somehow it will be an expression off my excitement for new adventure; and travel into the unknown. I'm not sure how it will progress or what will end up being inside the bag. Sadly I no longer have the key to lock it.

och det krävs mer än en krona för att göra en man till kung

'And it takes more than a crown to make a man be a king'

Iceland August - September 2018

By eimear kavanagh, Jul 17 2017 01:15PM

I found an 'In Vogue Fashion Through The Decades' book & I'm really drawn to the faces of 60's/70's, particularily the black & white shots.

It was a happy surprise to find that by re-inventing the fashion models, by making/remaking offset & non-symetrical faces, they still look utterly delicious.

You can find my drop dead gorgeous ladies in my thousand kisses deep gallery.

Also there, you will see the headlining artwork inspired by the tragic story of 'The first lady of Pop Art' Pauline Boty (if, like me you hadn't heard of her, have a search because there lies a tragic tale of the most selfless act of bravery & love). I wanted to portray her as a kind of half-woman-half-shell creature in the sky, as if to create a sort of serene & comforting resting place for her in her after-life.


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