Janet Murran, born and raised in Ireland, graduated from Solent University, Southampton in the UK with a BA Hons Degree in Textile and Fashion design, after extensive travelling she returned to live and work in her native West Cork where she furthered her education by doing a BA Hons Degree in Visual Art from DIT Sherkin Island. Since then her work has been selected for several group exhibitions within Ireland.
The inspiring artist, Camille Souter who lives and works on Achill Island, Co. Mayo summed up for me why I feel that I can call myself an artist: she told me that it’s all about having passion for a subject which has to go through you in love, it has to make you want to paint it and there has to be a beauty.
Having spent many years travelling working on charter yachts, seeing amazing places, it wasn’t until I settled in West Cork that I felt I’d found an exceptional place, a spectacularly beautiful region of the country where the local landscape continues to be an important source of inspiration. I use my immediate environment, the place where I have a personal connection, as a way in which to quietly convey themes of memory, place, seasonal changes and the natural cycle of life. While people may not always be present in the work the impact that they have had is always visible; circular rubber tyre marks on the roads left behind by Boy Racers, the seasonal transformation of the land from farming, forestry, fishing, old derelict houses with a hidden beauty, Ilen River have all been exciting subjects to work from which is probably not surprising given that I was raised on a farm in rural South Cork and have a deep affection for the Irish countryside and it's people.
My work derives from sketchbook studies, photographic notes and written reflections. Sound, colour, smell, pattern, texture and use of extremes of light and darkness are all an important part of my practice where I mainly use a mix of drawing and painting to extricate hidden meanings within the subject matter. Working predominantly with charcoal on a painted background, building up tone and texture, then deconstructing by scratching, sanding, printing, placing marks or paint over the entire piece, reworking it until that something-magic happens in the relationship of artist, subject matter and medium.
BA Hons Degree in Visual Art from DIT Sherkin Island 2012
BA Hons Degree in Textile and Fashion Design Solent University, Southampton, UK 1997
Selected Group Shows
2019 Freedom, The Blue House Gallery, West Cork
2019 The Lavit Gallery Curated Members Exhibition, Cork.
2018 Christmas Group Show, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2018 VUE Art Fair, RHA Dublin represented by Catherine Hammond
2018 Take 2, Aisling Gallery, Ballydehob, West Cork
2018 Summer Group Show, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2018 Elements: West Cork Lanscapes curated by Catherine Hammond for Skibbereen Arts Festival
2018 Reflections: Ilen River, Blue House Gallery, Schull, West Cork
2018 Heron Gallery, Ahakista, West Cork.
2018 Light Sensitive, Blue House Gallery, Schull, West Cork
2017 Winter Group Show, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2017 Aisling Gallery, Ballydehob, West Cork.
2017 West Cork Creates, Skibbereen Food Festival, West Cork
2017 Cork Airport 'A Taste of West Cork' Exhibition, Cork
2017 Blue House at Skibbereen Arts Festival, West Cork
2017 Departure Point, Etain Hickey, Clonakilty.
2017 Selected Group Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull
2017 The Narrow Space Gallery, Clonmel
2016 Selected Group Show, The Narrow Space Gallery, Clonmel
2016 Take 3, Aisling Gallery, Ballydehob
2016 Winter group Show, Taylor Gallery, Dublin
2016 The History Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull
2015 Selected Group Show, Aisling Gallery, Ballydehob
2015 Tales and Traces, Skibbereen Arts Festival
2015 Janet Murran & Jim Turner, Blue House Gallery, Schull
2015 Winter Group Show, Taylor Gallery, Dublin
2014 Selected Group Show, Blue house gallery, Schull
2014 Mixed Media, Group Show Skibbereen Arts Festival
2013 Seanachaí Art from Storytelling, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry
2013 Mixed Media, Skibbereen Arts Festival
2012 Out There, West Cork Arts Centre
2012 Looking in Seeing Out, Sherkin Island
2012 Selected Group Show, Time Travellers Gallery, Skibbereen
2012 Museum of Miniature, Skibbereen Arts Festival
2011 Pier to Pier, Skibbereen Arts Festival
2018 Residency, Cill Rialig, Co. Kerry
2013 Residency, Cill Rialig, Co. Kerry
2012 - 2015 Board Member, UIllinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
2011-2018 Facilitator for The Puppet Club, Gaelscoil Dhochtuir Ui Shuilleabhain, Skibbereen