I love the figure studies James; William Pearse seems to have been a very talented sculptor.Terrific bird's eye landscape Coilín
The young girl who was the model for the sculptures that these drawings are based on was a neighbour of the Pearses named Mabel Gorman. Whatever about the specifics of their relationship as sculptor and model apparently herself and William Pearse were close and corresponded with each other regularly until she died in 1914 at the age of 16.
William "Willie" Pearse inherited his father's artistic abilities and became a sculptor. He was educated at the Christian Brothers School. He studied in Paris and at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin under Oliver Sheppard who is most famous for his 1911 bronze statue of the mythical Cuchullain dying in battle which now resides in the GPO.
great work guys! It was a really inspiring location - definitely have to go back...
Lovely sculpture sketches James, and you captured a great bird's eye view Coilín
Beautiful work by James, Pat, Mary and Stephen, with good use of colours and other filling to create depth and solidity. I found the landscape painter James Dixon on exhibition at the museum very inspiring. Although I see him described as "primitive" - www.visual-arts-cork.com/irish-artists/james-dixon.htm - I was impressed by his ability to convey depth and his multi-perspectives. Having done this experiment, I would like to move even further away from a faithful representation of what I see, to defy the lines suggested by the edges of the squared sheet and arrange things in a more interesting way.
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