Welcome To Geraldine O’Riordan Artist
Geraldine O’Riordan is a Cork artist. Her earliest memories are of attending art classes at the Crawford School of Art, now known as the Crawford Art Gallery. On reflection this wonderful building had initiated her interest in the power of architecture and the humanising benefits of galleries and museums.
During the 1960s and 1970s she recalls how inspiring it was to view the gallery collection and its occasional feature exhibitions, en-route to the third floor studios. The Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1969 and the two ‘Rosc Cork’ exhibitions of 1975 and 1980 were momentous occasions.
In 1990 she shelved her easel painting to set up her business, ‘Hand Painted Interiors’. Commissions soon followed in historic buildings such as Glin Castle, Glenstal Abbey and Castlehyde. However, while giving a course at the Burren College of Art in 2000, she felt compelled to return to her easel painting.
Much of her skills have been gleaned from investigations into the art of the ‘Old Masters’, in Ireland and on her many gallery visits across Europe. She feels a deep connection with their compositions, materials and techniques. The ‘Dutch Masters’ of the Golden Age, such as Vermeer, Metsu, Maes and de Hooch along with the Danish artist Hammershoi, are of particular interest for their interior depictions that resonate with her own practice.