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  • Award Winner Simon Young - Water Artist Extraordinaire

    Simon Young won our Strathmore Artist Papers Prize for work on paper at the Armed Forces Art Society (AFAS) annual exhibition  at the Mall Galleries this year. Stunning, energetic, dramatic and full of energy the winning image lifts the viewer and puts you directly in the spray of the yacht as it races in front of you, you can almost taste the salt.

    1. First of all congratulations on winning the AFAS prize, such a stunning piece. I heard that the decision as to which piece of yours they awarded it to was fought over! You'll be pleased to know that more than one piece was chosen! Can you tell us a bit about your background? You are former army?

    I followed a full time career for 38 years in the Army and enjoyed it immensely.  Sure there were some difficult times, but you always had your mates to rely on as you were always in it together.  Classic team work stuff.

    2. What got you into painting? 

    I started taking painting and drawing seriously when I was about 13.  My parents used to take me and my brother to Sennen in Cornwall for the summer holidays.  A friend of my mother, Betty - a lovely lady, had a fantastic house on the cliff tops overlooking the Cove.  But more importantly when she discovered I was interested in sketching she sent me up into the attic rooms where I discovered masses of paintings and sketchbooks belonging to her deceased sister.  My

  • Strathmore Artist Papers Award pt2

    Our second Strathmore Artist Papers award goes to Darragh Treacy from Dublin. Darragh won the prize of £200 worth of Strathmore Artist Papers in the Patchings Art Competition 2016 Leisure Painter category for his oil painting of "Drury Street, Dublin".

    Darragh Treacy was born in 1973 and raised just outside Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Darragh is predominately self taught and favours the use of oils with an impressionist style.  It was Darragh’s father, the artist Liam Treacy, that first introduced Darragh to painting “en plein air”, something which Darragh still enjoys today.

    Darragh’s subject matter is varied and includes still-life, landscapes and street scenes. Darragh has exhibited at the Wexford Opera Festival since 2011. He is a member of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, exhibiting at its annual exhibition in Dun Laoghaire and W.B Yeats anniversary exhibition in City Assembly House Dublin.  While working all year round on private commissions, his work can also be found in leading Dublin galleries and in private collections at home and abroad. Darragh also works as a set designer and his work has brought him much critical acclaim and numerous design awards form the Institute of Designers of Ireland.


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