While you may not instantly know the name, you will certainly recognise the artwork of Killea based artist Lynn Kirkham whose specially commissioned public pieces grace many of the country's best known roadways.
Born in Lancashire England in 1965 it became clear from a young age that the outdoors-loving Lynn would pursue a career somewhere in the art world. And at 25 years of age, she accepted a place at London Guildhall University to study basket-weaving.
Some early exhibitions and artists residencies followed before Lynn decided to take the plunge and relocate to Ireland establishing Greenmantle Arts Studio outside Killea near Templemore. A brief relocation to Bear Island followed suit before Lynn returned once again to her studio at Greenmantle, most recently taking up an artists residency as part of the Artist in the classroom scheme operated by North Tipperary County Council.
Lynn specialises in basket making and sculpture using natural materials like willow and wood, as seen in her fantastic creations on Kildare's motorways and at the Teagasc Research Centre in Moorepark Co. Cork, as well as working in metalwork. While Lynn has been very successful in producing these public pieces of artwork she says that the competition in the country is very high due to only a small amount of projects opening up each year many of which are subject to tender.
Now the Tipp based artist is calling on locals to support local artists.
“We don't want people to assume that we are expensive or elitist. We can bring fresh ideas and outlooks to projects and can provide unique work made especially for you, at a price that is fair to everyone.”
“We are just ordinary people trying to make a living doing what we are good at and meeting all the same daily struggles and costs as everyone else,” she says.
Greenmantle Arts Studio runs regular art courses suitable to adults and children.
Greenmantle Studios are also available to book a special workshop for your group or Lynn will travel to work with you on your own site. For more information visit www.lynnkirkham.net or see Greenmantle Arts on Facebook.