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Southside artist's pet project

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017 1:00pm
Southside artist's pet project

Artist Geraldine Murphy pictured with her dog Murf.

Southside artist's pet project

Artist Geraldine Murphy pictured with her dog Murf.

A SOUTHSIDE animal loving artist who creates portraits of pets will be showing her colourful work at Ireland’s premier art fair, Art Source, which run in the RDS this weekend from November 10-12.

Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the year’s biggest art show, which will give Irish art lovers the unique chance to get their hands on 100 pieces of original artwork for €100 each on a first-come, first-served basis.

From her Kimmage studio, artist and jewellery maker Geraldine Murphy creates animal inspired wall hangings using copper sheeting and colourful vitreous enamel.

“Every single living creature in this world is significant and I love capturing the special qualities each animal has, both physical and emotional,” says Geraldine.

“I try to make something that people can easily relate to, that is uplifting and tells them something about their own life and - most importantly - that makes them smile.”

Geraldine's work has been described as a cross between art and sculpture with her wall hanging images of dogs, cats, horses, birds and other animals having an almost three-dimensional appearance.

As well as her original pieces, Geraldine also offers a portrait service for people's cats, dogs, horses and other animals.

“Pets bring so much joy, laughter and love to people's lives,” she explains. “I'm very happy to capture that and the love people have for their animals.”

As an artist, Geraldine thrives on revealing the special qualities each animal has, both physical and emotional, in her work

“Every single living creature in this world is significant,” she adds. “So often we let our egos get in the way of seeing animals for who and what they are.

“Anyone who loves animals knows they occupy another, much better universe, a softer one that brings so much joy and laughter.”

Geraldine's own love of animals extends to providing homes for strayed or abandoned pets. Her animal family includes a border collie, a whippet and three ex-battery hens. Not surprisingly, her dogs often accompany her to work.

“Dogs are amazing employees,” she laughs. “I discuss all of my design, marketing and sales ideas with them. Their feedback is incredibly valuable - they agree with everything I say and they think all of my ideas are fantastic.”

Admission to Art Source is €10 for adults, €8 for OAPs and children under 16 are free if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Opening times: Friday Nov 10, 11am-9pm; Sat Nov 11, 10am-6pm; Sun Nov 12, 10am-6pm.

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