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"TRANSITION"

by Karen Wilson

In association with The Gallery Kinsale, we are delighted to showcase a collection of oil paintings by Karen Wilson. From February until July 2020 we will feature a selection of her paintings mapping her transition as an artist from painting still life to plein air. The works range from studies of fruit, vegetables and household items to floral scenes of fuchsias, poppies and meadows.

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THE ARTIST

Karen was born in Dublin in 1960. Married with two children, she counts herself lucky to live and work in the beautiful seaside town of Skerries, Co.Dublin.

Mainly self taught, she has painted all her life, the catalyst being the gift of oil paints form her sister at an early age. In fact, she still has an oil painting that she painted when she was twelve years old! Working mostly with a palette knife, her paintings are characterised by vigorous thick buttery slashes of colour, with highlights of heavy impasto paiont.

THE ART

Over the years her art has transitioned and following a painting workshop in Holland, plein air has influenced her work. The dailoy painting movement inspires her small still life paintings in oil of local scenery and kitchen still lives. 

She paints every day, either a colourful floral still life painted in her studio, or, weather permitting, a plein air study with Ireland's Ancient East as her inspiration. 

THE MONTENOTTE HOTEL

General Manager of The Montenotte Hotel Brian Bowler said, “Karen Wilson’s work has a simple beauty to it, whether it is a still life subject or a scene from nature, her talent lies in capturing colour and bringing a scene to life. We are proud to support local Irish artists whilst also bringing unique and interesting works of art to the hotel for our guests and visitors to appreciate. We are particularly delighted to showcase Karen’s Wildflower meadow scenes as we recently planted a wildflower garden in our outdoor space that will be coming into flower early summer, so it will be especially nice to echo this new feature with the artwork inside”

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This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,
Fifi
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In 2017 the management team of the Montenotte hotel decided to embark on uncovering the history of our unique hotel. Having limited knowledge on its previous residence we commissioned a local historian, Margaret Lantry, recommended by UCC for her knowledge of Cork’s Merchant princes. The research project took over 12 months but the history uncovered and the stories told were remarkable.

The research documents, the background history, to the houses and the hotels on the site preliminary research was conducted involving the examination of the land records including ordinance survey, name books and letters, the tithe allotment books and valuation office records. The 1901 and 1911 censuses and Cork city street directories were also examined as were street directories since 1867. Other sources used where newspapers for mentions of the Lee view hotel and country club hotel in order to find out more about their history.

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