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BIO: Cora Harrington
Cora graduated with First Class Honours in Art and Design from the Belfast College of Art 1970. While a student she won several awards including Student of the Year. Part time work and raising a family prevented Cora from painting until the 1990s when she became a full member of the Pastel Society of Ireland at their inaugural exhibition. During this time she painted mostly to commission – landscapes, animals, and portraits, while continuing to experiment with her collages, pastels and mixed media pieces. Cora has painted professionally full-time since 2003. Public commissions include several from Newry and Mourne Council, N.I. Fire Authority, and Royal Mail. She has exhibited in the Laing National Art Competition, several times reaching the London Finals and won First Prize in the Laing N.I. Region. Cora was awarded the Silver Medal by The Art Society of Ulster for a portrait. Working in a wide range of media and subject matter, Cora moves easily between realism and semi-abstraction. Emotion is the starting point for Cora’s painting, tempered by an intellectual approach. A fragment of memory or a glimpse of something may be enough to inspire the creative process. She often develops these small beginnings into exciting finished pieces especially in her semi-abstract and abstract work. Cora also loves the immediacy and vibrancy of working in pastel, producing not only beautiful traditional landscapes and portraits but also pushing the medium as far as she can by working on heavily textured and collaged surfaces. She sometimes incorporates gold leaf and other unusual substances in her contemporary pastel and mixed media pieces. Cora’s work shows an unusual diversity, expressing her experiences, energy and excitement in paintings full of colour, pattern and texture. In Nov 2010 she had a large solo exhibition in The Sol Art Gallery, Dawson St. Dublin and has exhibited in selected exhibitions in galleries throughout Ireland and The Mall Galleries London. During the last 11 years, Cora had a very successful relationship with the Taylor Gallery Belfast until their recent closure.
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