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Back to where she st-art-ed

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 4:26pm

A self-taught artist who believes it’s never too late to start a career in art has just opened a solo exhibition in the city.

Douglas-based Éadaoin Glynn tossed a coin when she was just 17 years old to decide whether she should take a place in the Crawford College of Art or in UCC.

The coin favoured UCC and Éadaoin went on to study French and English at the university, followed by a career in business which saw her work in Paris, London and Dublin before returning to Cork with a renewed passion for art.

In her latest exhibition, entitled ‘Reflection’, Éadaoin depicts abstract landscapes that explore the connection between emotion, memory and place using oil, cold wax and acrylic.

“I paint intuitively, building up layer upon layer of paint over many months. The process of adding layers of paint, then excavating, scraping and dissolving them is like archaeology in reverse,” Éadaoin explained.

She added: “I build texture and depth, creating a history, echoing how land is laid down, compressed, weathered and eroded over time."

In 2019 Éadaoin posted a photo of her painting ‘Containers’ on Instagram which quickly began to draw considerable attention.

“There were enquiries from Ireland and the UK and I was invited into an exhibition in Waterford, all from an Instagram post,” said Éadaoin.

In the past Éadaoin has exhibited in the Lavit Gallery in Cork and #44 The Quay in Waterford. Her work was also selected for the cover of international arts magazine Murze.

Éadaoin said: “I’m interested in exploring our emotional response to place and the power of memory of place. Land and landscape are both internal and external. We carry our memories of place and land within us. Places hold memories; memories of childhood, memories from previous generations, memories of our collective shared history.”

The exhibition will run in the Hideout Café on Wellington Road, Cork city, until 8 May. Paintings can also be seen on For more information or high res images, contact Éadaoin at 087-2377681 or

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