The Old Quarry,  2023

Colour pencil, promarkers, gesso on wood panel. 40 x 60 cm

Cloudmap over Doñana,  2023

Colour pencil, promarkers, gesso on wood panel. 40 x 60 cm

The Road to Río Tinto,  2024

Colour pencil, promarkers, gesso on wood panel. 40 x 60 cm

Poolside,  2024

Colour pencil on wood panel. 80 x 120 cm

Cross Roads,  2024

Mixed media on wood panel. Colour pencil, water mixable oil on wood panel. 40 x 60 cm

Ski Station,  2024

Colour pencil, water mixable oil on wood panel. 80 x 120 cm

Sandcloud,  2022

Colour pencil, promarkers on wood panel. 22 x 16 cm

Cactus,  2022

Colour pencil, promarkers on wood panel. 22 x 16 cm

Nest I,  2022

Colour pencil, promarkers on wood panel. 22 x 16 cm

 

Nest III,  2022

Colour pencil, promarkers on wood panel. 22 x 16 cm

Artist´s Statement

I´m a visual artist based in Wexford and Seville. I make drawings, paintings, cut-out collages,
and stop motion animations and my work is primarily landscape based. I´m interested in
environmental psychology and what gives something ´a sense of place´ or our identity and
connection to natural and built environments. Until recently my work was focused on sites in
Ireland. When I first moved to Andalucía and visited the countryside outside of Seville, around
the edges of Doñana National Park, I found it difficult to appreciate this very particular, dry, flat
landscape. What I love about the creative process is that it can help shift your perspective.
Changing the purpose of each trip to Doñana from one of leisure to research made me
observe my surroundings more intently. Doñana, home to hundreds of species of migratory
birds, is an ecosystem of wetlands increasingly under threat from severe drought due to
climate change and from water being extracted illegally for neighbouring strawberry farms.

In this new body of work I use sketches, photographs and satellite imagery as source material
for my drawings. The works show singular objects plucked from the landscape: stork nests,
cacti, a plume of smoke from a forest fire, and clouds; as well as abandoned buildings or
structures that have been reclaimed by the landscape. There are also aerial views and
landscape drawings showing extreme weather conditions such as sand storms and drought in
this increasingly warm, dry place. Moving through and making work on this landscape has
allowed me to draw meaning from and feel attachment to this particular environment.

I make drawings on paper and wood panels using colour pencil, promarkers (alcohol based
ink markers) and layers of gesso. I first apply a layer of gesso to the wood. This gives the
surface good tooth for the application of colour pencil. The promarkers dissolve the pencil
marks, giving an even layer of colour. The combination of the gesso brushstrokes with the
dissolved colour pencils can make these drawings appear more like paintings in certain
sections. Sometimes I sand away a layer to reveal earlier marks or to begin again. I´ll often
saturate or mute the colours rather than creating a direct representation. I love experimenting
with how a material behaves on a given surface and this process often leads the way in my
practice.

Biography
Deirdre Byrne is a visual artist based in Wexford and Seville. She has a Fine Art Painting
degree and a  postgraduate diploma in Visual Art Education from the National College of Art
and Design, Dublin. Her work has been exhibited in Ireland and internationally including in
Draíocht, Blanchardstown, 191st RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin, 140th RUA Annual
Exhibition, RUA, Belfast, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Rizoma Galería, Madrid. She was
awarded a commission to create a new animation to be projected on the exterior of dlr
LexIcon in October 2021. This commission was funded by Creative Ireland and supported by
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office. In 2018 her work was selected by
NCAD, Business to Arts, and Dublin Airport to be exhibited as part of the Creative Journeys
Billboard project in Dublin Airport. Her work is part of the following collections: AWAS (Ansett
Worldwide Aviation Services), Bank of Ireland, Beacon Hospital, Fingal County Council. She
has completed residencies at Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Cill Rialaig, Draíocht and was awarded
the Irish Arts Council Travel and Training award for a residency in SíM, Reykjavík.