A gift of art is the gift that keeps on giving – The Irish Times

December 19, 2021 by No Comments

Whether they live in a mansion or maisonette, most people have somewhere to hang a beautiful piece of art – and as the pandemic had such a negative impact on those in the creative sector, now is the time to support Irish artists while purchasing a painting or drawing which will be the gift that keeps on giving.

We spoke to five artists from around the country to find out what sort of work they produce, where they get their ideas from and why it is important for us all to support home-grown artists.


Mel White lives between Dublin and Clare, and as a keen traveller her work is inspired by places she has seen and events she has experienced.

“I consider myself as a pop artist but some of my works go in the direction of figurative abstract. I use real life photographic situations taken on my travels as inspiration and exaggerate them in an animated form with vivid colours, trying to highlight the controversiality from a particular place or region.

My original paintings start at €270 and go up to €2,800 for large scale, and I offer commissions from €680 and will paint on pretty much any surface – including skateboard decks, walls and clothes.



Rob Stears works as a full-time artist and illustrator from his home studio in Dublin 15. He describes his style as “fun and cartoonish” and gets his inspiration from the world around him.

“I work digitally, sketching a piece out first before completing it using clean lines. There is usually a joke or visual gag in there so when I’m trying to get a joke across it’s often best if the image isn’t too busy. Other times I like to create something more complicated with lots of tiny details so the viewer can keep coming back to see something new.

Despite 2020 being a very challenging year, one huge positive to come out of it was the fact that people made every effort to support Irish artists and designers when it came to shopping online during lockdown.

“When we buy from local crafts people we keep our money in the community where it gets put back into other local businesses, which is so important as we saw so many small businesses close their doors and if it weren’t for public support we …….

Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/a-gift-of-art-is-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-1.4709373


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