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Donald Teskey: A Connemara Folio

Published in collaboration with Ballynahinch Castle

80 pp. Full colour. Published in hardback in a limited, numbered edition
of 150 (with a hand-painted, original intaglio print signed by the artist)
and in a standard paperback edition (without print) of 500


The Ballynahinch Castle - Occasional Press Project.

Every two years an eminent, contemporary Irish artist is invited to stay in Ballynahinch Castle in Recess, Connemara and asked to use it as a base from which to visually explore the surrounding landscape.

At the conclusion of the period the body of work created over this extended residency is documented in a limited edition artist's book, published by Occasional Press and Ballynahinch Castle, each book offering us a new 'take' on the rugged beauty of that magnificent landscape.

Donald Teskey's A Connemara Folio is the second book of the series and is published in a limited, hardback edition of 150 - which contain an original hand painted intaglio print numbered and signed by the artist - and in a standard paperback edition of 500. In this book Teskey has recorded his responses to exploring the Connemara landscape in a series of vivid studies in pencil, pen, watercolour and acrylic paint - presenting us with images of Connemara: ranging from the woodlands of Ballynahinch to the

wide expanse of the Roundstone Bog, from the imposing mountains that rise from the bog to the shining beaches of the Atlantic shore.

Donald Teskey was born in Co. Limerick and came to prominence as an artist during the 1980s through his skill as a draughtsman. Since 1992 he has produced a substantial body of work as a painter of the landscape and more recently of the landscape of the western seaboard of Ireland. Sometimes working on a very large scale, his images reflect his response to the formal elements of composition: shape, form and the fall of light. The results are powerful images of instantly recognisable parts of the Irish landscape, with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless, energetic and elemental force of nature.

He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and Aosdána, and is represented in major collections including the Arts Council of Ireland and The Irish Museum of Modern Art. 

He exhibits with the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.