Carton Avenue, Maynooth. Artwork by Maura McDonnell.
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Hi, my name is Maura McDonnell and I am an Irish artist living in the lovely university town of Maynooth, Ireland. I create artworks with a range of media for a variety of mediums exploring adventurous colour. I love working with digital effects on artworks, photographs and video and have honed my craft for many years. I also paint, draw, sketch, mark, smudge, combine, make. Drawn to light and colour and balancing these elements to create a kind of visual music. People who know me know that I don't use that word very often!!!
Art is life
Why I like to make the ordinary extraordinary
You know that feeling you get when an everyday scene is suddenly awash with a different colour, or there is a colour combination that just works where the light of the sun or the deepest grey sky transforms the colour of a scene before our eyes. Well that is what I want to bring you, an ordinary scene made extraordinary with the use of adventurous colour that can transform how you feel just for this moment. You can be immersed in a super colourful scene. Colour affects my emotions and has the power to bring me joy and delight and I want to share that joy and colour with you through my artwork.
My art takes a few paths
Making the ordinary extraordinary
Original Limited Edition Fine Art Prints
Fantastical worlds of colour on local scenes and abstract forms.
I paint, draw, take photographs of the ordinary things around me, a street scene, a view through a tree lined avenue, swans on a canal. Then using digital effects I create new extraordinary worlds adding colour and texture that brings out an extraordinary freshness, sparkle and startling aspect of the scene. I print these digital images onto archival paper with the highest quality pigments inks to make limited edition fine art prints whose uniqueness will have value for you and your future as an art investment.
Abstract Film for Art Galleries and Music Concerts
I create abstract films that explores music such as musical expression and musical ideas. These are works that create a close relationship to the music soundtrack or music performance work. They are best shown large scale as projected imagery and sound in a music concert or gallery space. I use digital technologies to create these films, and experiment with a range of techniques, from special effects, to coding to generative processes. I call these works a visual music. They also work beautifully in a film screening setting.
Collaborations with composers, songwriters, musicians and ensembles
Adventurous Visuals for Music Performance Concerts
I have been very fortunate to be able to collaborate with some amazing musicians, composers, and artists and scientists to create moving images or what I call visual music images for music concert settings. Indeed these works also work incredibly well as art exhibition installations and in film screening setting. I have worked with the amazing Linda Buckley, Dermot Furlong, Gavin Kearney, Cobi van Tonder, Parallax Ensemble, Timothy B. Hayden, Ninghui XIONG, electronic duo SYLK and my long-time collaborator, concert pianist extraordinaire Svetlana Rudenko. Would you like to collaborate with me - do get in touch and let's talk, art music talk.
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Maura's Motto for Creating Art
Surround yourself with beautiful art that brings you invigorating and sensual colour and allows you to step into an extraordinary enchanting scene.
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