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Paula Fitzpatrick b. 1953

Born in Dublin in 1953, after finishing school, Paula studied Fashion at the Grafton Academy where she graduated with distinction. Moving to London, Paula worked for Hardy Amis, the Royal Couturier. While in London Paula studied Jewellery Making and Silk Screen Printing at night at Isleworth College. Shortly after returning to Dublin, she opened and ran a successful dress designing business establishing her Salon at Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 2, and later in Stillorgan, Co Dublin.
In 2003 Paula studied Business Law at The National College of Ireland, Dublin. In 2006 Paula decided to study Visual Arts Practice at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design and Graduated in 2010 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Visual Arts Practice.

Recent Graduate, BA (Honours) Visual Arts Practice - IADT
Recipient of Graphic Studio Dublin, 2010 Annual Graduate Award Scheme
Shortlisted for Ormond Studios, Emerging Artist Award 2010
Work selected by Limerick Printmakers, for 2010 Summer Open Submission Exhibition

Certificate in Business & Employment Law - NCI
Participant - Dublin Chamber of Commerce 1 year "Skillnet" Programme Marketing & Business Management
Diploma in Dress Design, Grafton Academy - Distinction

'My talent comes directly from my mother, Kathleen who was an exceptionally fine dressmaker, making all my clothes as a child. I was always eager to help her, and she recognised my artistic ability and aptitude which she tenderly nurtured and encouraged. I was always drawing and painting and making all sorts of things as a child and I made my first dress at the age of 9'.

Artist statement
I am a visual artist who engages in sculptural work which draws influence from a background in Couture and making things. By utilizing materials such as metal and wood, my work often engages in geometrical and architectural compositions. Balance is an important aspect, and can dictate the composition and form of the work. I have also used clay and porcelain to compose a three dimensional visualization of the sense of loss, The Presence of Absence. The choice of material is important in realizing my vision of a piece of work. Currently I am exploring the mediums of Printmaking to create work at Graphic Studio Dublin.

Awards:
» 2010 Graphic Studio Dublin. Annual Graduate Award 2010
» 2010 Ormond Studios Dublin. Shortlisted for Graduate Award Programme

Past Graphic Studio Gallery Exhibitions:
» 2010 Little Christmas

Recent Exhibitions
» May/June 2010 "Fabric of Society 2010", Graduate Exhibition, Institute of Art Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire
» June/July 2010 "Structure", Limerick Printmakers Gallery, Open Submission Summer Exhibition 2010
» Dec 2009 "Journey", InvasionSpace, Group Exhibition, I.A.D.T. Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin
» April 2009 "Hollow Structures", Exit Pursued by a Bear, Collective Exhibition, Braodstone Gallery, Upper Dominic Street Dublin. Curated by Ailve McCormack
» June 2007 "Untitled", Doors Open, Collaborative Group of Eleven Artists. I.A.D.T. Campus, Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin


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Cosmic Form,
etching,
20 cm x 25 cm
Edition of 7,
€180