Instinct Group Show

September 2019 | Eibhilin Crossan

I was delighted to be part of a very special group show this September in the Red Stables, Clontarf.

Entitled ‘INSTINCT’ this show brought together select works of four contemporary Irish artists, who are close friends and who support each other, both personally and professionally. 

The show had a wonderful diversity of styles, ranging from impressionistic florals, landscapes, seascapes, human interactions and vibrant animal portraits in a variety of mediums.

Our opening reception was on Friday the 20th to mark Culture Night 2019.

Inspirational speaker and artist Steven Farrell opened the exhibition and gave a beautiful speech about the importance of creativity in all our lives.


Here we are from left to right, myself, Miriam Smithers, Steven Farrell, Miriam Dowling, and Jin Yong. 

My lovely collectors Ann and John, pictured here with my big painting ‘Summer Serenade’  which they have added to their collection!

The exhibition ran as a part of the RED STABLES FESTIVAL

The focus of the festival food, nature and sustainability through a series of events such as talks, demos by Rachel Allen among others, allotment and farm tours, kids wildlife events and market stalls with local food and producers from the surroundings of St Anne’s Park. 

Here is a little bit about the other three artists involved in Instinct.

Miriam Dowling
Miriam Dowling is a Dublin based Landscape and seascape artist/ Miriam’s work is hugely influenced from her memories of her childhood holidays to the countryside and seaside. Her paintings capture the dramatic atmosphere of the Irish landscape and seascape. Through the medium of oils Miriam portrays a sense of place and movement using a mixture of different textures and colours. She Primarily focuses on encapsulating the atmospheric elements of the Irish countryside and seaside through all the seasons. Miriams most recent work has now started to include the figure incorporating how we as human interact with our natural surroundings.

Jin Yong
JIN YONG is a Chinese artist who is based in Ireland since 2002. Jin Yong looks for inspiration in Nature and gets new ideas from modern culture. Jins Work is hugely influenced by the animal kingdom. Jin is well known for his large colourful bold animal painting. Jins work always focuses on the eyes of his subjects drawing in the viewers’ attention. Sometimes he mixes colors to make some unique color tones, though for him, the most beautiful colors are primary colors.

Miriam Smithers
Miriam is a contemporary Oil Painter. She takes inspiration for her work from looking at the human form and how we as people interact with each other. How we see people visually, their posture, their emotion. The tangle of human relationships in everyday life, their personal space, the spaces between, depictions of Urban life while the World goes on as it must. Miriam has established herself as a Contemporary Figurative Artist with a fascination with both the human form and the Architecture of Urban Living. The backgrounds are muted and tonal, creating mood and atmosphere with shocks of bold colour bringing the humans to life.