Niamh Flanagan graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2002 with a 1st Class Honours in Fine Art Print. Her first solo show Dwellings of Mind and Space (2007) was held at The Printmakers Gallery, Dublin. Following on from the success of this exhibition she was invited to take part in various exhibitions including Île d’Hiver | Winter Island at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2009) and Artist’s Proof at the Chester Beatty Library Dublin. She has taken part in residencies and exhibitions in Oslo, Poland, Slovenia, Cork, Donegal, Edinburgh and Dublin. Awards include Arts Council Mentorship Scheme, Travel and Training Award and a grant from Culture Ireland. Residencies include Cill Rialiag Project, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Lindart International Artists’ Colony, Lendava, Slovenia, ‘Na Granicy | Where Borders Meet’, Gorlice, Poland and Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2012 she created a body of work, An Elsewhere Place which was shown at a major print Gallery in Dublin.
Niamhs work explores the search for utopias within our world, and the restless desire to be somewhere else. She uses visual elements of the landscapes around her; both urban and rural, internal and external, to describe this search for something that is perhaps unattainable. Her work is inspired by the Irish landscape and history, while also commenting with a wry humour on contemporary society around her.
The prints depict a world of abstracted landscapes and cityscapes telling fragments of stories, showing the unseen, the hidden and the unreal as they lurk beneath turbulent skies.
Flux, change and growth are central concepts to the work. This playful printed world of cities and mountains, forests and islands, suggests escape and isolation. But this world depicted in the prints is a volatile one too, which lies beyond our control, with its ever-changing skies and strange fruit lurking beneath the surface. Our search for other places often leaves us wanting something else, the next thing. The world spins, the seasons change, they change back again; and we dream and spin and dream again.