A week of painting tuition ( and fun ) with Ramie Leahy
Sun 29 September – Fri 04 Oct 5 nights B&B 4 Dinners 4 mid day light lunch 4 days tuition € 399.00 p.p.s
Ramie Leahy is an Irish artist and a co-founder of Ireland's first international arts festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival. One of the group of Kilkenny Colourists, a group he founded with his peers Francis Tansey and Tony O'Malley, he has variously been described as an impressionist and a surrealist, whose works range from landscapes to political satire and natural history studies.
He was raised by his mother, a local school teacher and intellectual; she entertained a series of poets, writers and intellectuals of the period at their home in Deerpark, Kilkenny. She was also responsible for taking him to visit the galleries of Dublin, London, and Paris as a young child, where he has said he first saw Turner and the French Impressionists, and his artistic leanings began.
He attended primary school at Loreto and then St. Kieran's College. Here Leahy combined a rebellious streak with an after-school occupation of promoting concerts of 1960s pop acts like Thin Lizzy, Them, and Granny’s Intentions caused some friction with the clergy.
After finishing school in Kilkenny he began a tour of art colleges including Limerick School of Art where he studied painting, drawing and sculpture, the National College of Art, Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Trinity College Dublin.
He was awarded a scholarship to study on a UNESCO course of museum science and visual communication in Florence, Italy.Subsequently, he studied architecture in Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin. In 1974 Leahy co-founded Ireland’s first, and still most highly regarded international arts festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival.
During this period he was also involved with the Independent Artists Group a group of leading Irish artists including Cliona Cussen, Brid Ni Rinn, George and Justin Laffin, and worked as forward planner for Wexford Opera Festival..
Leahy has specialized in the use of high intensity colour in all his artistic forms from landscapes to political satire and natural history studies. He has variously been described as impressionist to surrealist in his extreme use of his mediums, primarily oil paints and watercolours. Through the 1980s he worked on a series of paintings exploring ancient cultures from Brittany through England to Ireland and Jersey.