Printmaker Jean Bardon is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire Insitute of Art, Design and Technology. While living in Amsterdam during the 1970s she took an etching class at De Werkschuit, at that time based on one of Amsterdam’s many houseboats. She was instantly fascinated by the techniques of etching, which remain almost unchanged since medieval times.
Walter Bernardini had a long career in advertising. Born and brought up in Glasgow, he moved to Dublin in 1963, and in 1966 was invited to form a graphic design consultancy as its principal designer and illustrator. His work has been exhibited at Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy and is held in many private and corporate collections.
Landscape painter William Blair was born and educated in Belfast. He studied art and education at Stranmillis College (part of Queen’s University Belfast) and has worked as a painter and teacher of art throughout his career. William’s paintings deal with the impact people have on the land, and with the emotional tie they develop with a sense of place.
George Callaghan was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He studied at Belfast College of Art and worked as a commercial artist, designer and art director at agencies including McCann Erickson and Leo Burnett. He describes the style of his art as ‘sophisticated naive’. He has been creative in many directions, including being a harp maker and player of the Celtic harp, and has lived in South Africa, Australia, Tasmania and France. His autobiography is titled The Last Minstrel.
Caroline Canning exhibits regularly with Jorgensen Fine Art. She works in a huge, light-filled room (half kitchen, half studio) at her home in Dublin. 'A couple of years ago, I thought it would be a good discipline to move my practice to an external studio', she says. 'Bad Idea. My best work happens amidst the domestic jumble and even if someone occasionally complains about the butter tasting of turps, it makes, for me, the perfect work-life balance'. She works in oils and acrylics and on an iPad.