Artwork by Lorraine Whelan . . .

Printmaking by Lorraine Whelan

I have been working with a portable, converted pasta machine press that I can easily install in a studio space. Images created for intaglio and blind-embossed prints for this press are limited in size and have worked for specific book art pieces. I also enjoy creating prints in more direct media, such as lino and woodblock, which do not require a press and are less limited in size. When it arises, I take the opportunity to work larger and explore other print media through various printmaking facilities workshops (such as those offered at The Print Museum and Blackchurch Print Studios, both in Dublin).

Image Details

  • Liminal, 2017, lithograph, edition of 4, image size: 29 cm x 44.5 cm
  • untitled, 2017, intaglio & chine collé, monoprint, image size: 15 cm x 15 cm
  • Mint, 2016, woodblock, uneditioned, image size: 7.5 cm x 6 cm
  • Skipping, 2016, lino print, uneditioned, image size: 12.5 cm x 7.5 cm

I was born in Toronto, Canada into a large Irish immigrant family. Shortly after obtaining my primary degree in 1986, I moved to Ireland to where my parents and half my siblings had already returned.

My writing (poetry, art criticism & commentary, fiction, non-fiction) has been published in Ireland, Canada, USA, Luxembourg & online.

I have exhibited my artwork throughout Ireland in both solo and group exhibitions and have exhibited in group exhibitions in France, China and Canada. I have participated in artist residencies and symposia and my work is included in private (US, Canada, Australia, UK & Belgium) and in public/corporate collections (Microsoft WPGI, OPW, HSE, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Europol & IBM).

For over 25 years I have created bodies of work that are inspired and challenged by my environment and circumstances, which are regularly in flux. The study and analysis of dreams played a large part in much of my early work and the development of dream imagery informs much of my personal iconography used in both visual and verbal work.

I have worked on projects in response to a specific brief, site, concept, or combination of these. I am fascinated with the immediacy of temporary work yet equally interested in archives and permanence. While I usually consider myself primarily a painter, I love to experience and experiment with any manner of media. I freely use any media for purpose to suit an idea, which is the paramount consideration.

Over the past few years I have been re-exploring print techniques and ceramics and amalgamating these skills with my long time interest in bookbinding to create both unique and limited edition artist books.

I believe that it is through the expression of individual responses to life circumstances that wider truths can be discovered and understood.

I am an artist. I am here. I remember. I draw. I write. I tell stories.