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2014 Artists

Fleischmann International Trophy Award

Contemporary Irish artists Liam Lavery and Eithne Ring have been working and collaborating on art projects since 1988. Their work has developed from painting and small low-relief wall panels made of cast aluminium, through to large-scale public commissions using a variety of different materials; bronze, wood, copper, enamels, glass and stainless steel.

Liam has been creating unique sculptures for the Cork International Choral Festival since 1994, “affording him the opportunity to be spontaneous and self-indulgent in a way that is more closely related to the nature of his sketchbooks and watercolours, which is very different to the more disciplined process of creating public artworks. Eithne has created a number of National Trophies.

This year’s sculpture, a collaboration between Liam and Eithne, is inspired by a small extract from a hand written score by Aloys Fleischmann merging with the iconic “goldie fish” atop St. Anne’s, Shandon” along with other musical motifs and stylized vocalists using cast aluminium as the primary material combined with enamelled copper.

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Eithne Ring

“When I was growing up on the rocky headland of Knockadoon, East Cork, my father had a small foundry and as a result of working with him in his workshop I developed an interest in detail and decoration and the desire to make objects. Making objects are very important to me as I interpret my environment and make sense of the mark of man on his surroundings with the resulting metamorphosis from page to finished piece.”

 

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“Most of my ideas are born in that place between sleeping and waking. One of my earliest dawn dreams was one which coincided with the dawn train which used to pass near my childhood home. In the dream the sandman, who lived on the moon, drove a bulldozer and pushed back the darkness to let the daylight through. Drawing is important to me, because it takes me to that space where the sandman reveals the light in the darkness, which grows into a sketch that may become a sculpture.”

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2014 Artists

National Competition Awards

Don Cronin studied sculpture to degree level at the Crawford College of Art and Design, graduating in 1994 having previously completed a B.A. in Philosophy at U.C.C. Now based in his studio near Innishannon, Co.Cork, Don divides his time between work produced as public art and more intimate work produced for galleries. County Councils including Cork, Kerry, Mayo, Leitrim and Tipperary and Limerick have commissioned work from the artist under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. His work also features in several public and private collections here and abroad including the Civic Art Collection of San Francisco. He works in a variety of materials but most often in bronze and stainless steel.

Don Cronin

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Composition in Green

“The principles that informed the production of these small sculptures are the same as those principles that inform my work generally regardless of scale. ‘Composition in Green’ relies on an intuitive use of line, balance, volume and colour in a bid to produce forms of resolved character and an air of ‘rightness’.”