Joan Finnegan

A Little Bit About Joan


Joan Finnegan is an emerging artist born and raised in Galway on the west coast of Ireland where she is still based. In 2017 she graduated with a BA Fine Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT and was awarded a GMIT Academic Achievement Award at graduation.

Joan is a painter who is inspired by the world around her.  Her paintings originate from all sources; from photographs taken of the Great Plains, to an image of an old stepwell in India, to the rolling hills of Connemara on her doorstep and the environment around her daily.  She takes many photographs and uses these visual elements to influence but not dictate her paintings, using them as points of departure to create her art.  She works mainly in acrylics and oils but also uses collage, watercolours and charcoal, depending on the project. The starting point and the finished painting can sometimes be very different, and Serendipity often has its part to play too.

By simplifying the shapes and elements of the landscape, and using bold colours, there is a sense of mystery and ambiguity; quite often the images taking their being from the viewer’s state of mind

Delighted that Sunset I was selected for the Royal Ulster Academy’s 139th annual exhibition, which opened at the Ulster Museum, Belfast in October 2020

The visual harmonies of Joan Finnegan’s paintings stem from the elegantly inter-locking forms that make up their compositions and her judicious sense of colour.  Aidan Dunnes, Irish Times

Follow me on Instagram where you can see my new work as it is created.

Joan was invited to show her Connemara series entitled Connemara Chroma in a solo exhibition in Milwaukee, WI, USA.  This was part of a Galway Showcase in association with Galway 2020 and Culture Ireland and Joan was the visual artist representing Galway at this event

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.’

W.B. Yeats

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