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Work of the Week | 28 March 2022

CAG.3148 Rosaleen Moore, Nano Nagle Place, undated, acrylic and charcoal on paper, 82 x 58 cm. Purchased, the Artist with Crawford Supported Studio, 2021. © the artist.

Let’s get out in the spring sunshine with WORK OF THE WEEK!

Nano Nagle Place by Rosaleen Moore is filled with detail and colour.

Painting in acrylics (and also using charcoal) on high-quality watercolour paper, Moore evokes a mixture of energy and tranquillity in her response to Nano Nagle Place and its garden in the heart of Cork’s South Parish.

An outcrop of yellow and orange convent buildings fills the background, while flowers and trees populate much of the foreground. A pair of nuns stand near two chairs and remind us of that this is a place of faith, education, and community.

The artist’s joyful depiction suggests the experience of this historic yet living place. The garden was established by the Presentation Sisters. Designed for both productivity and contemplation, it retains its Novice’s Walk and once included both an oratory and orangery. Now characterised by lawns, flowerbeds, borders, and mature trees, it is managed for wildlife and blends traditional and contemporary approaches to gardening.

Rosaleen Moore is a Cork-based artist with a distinctive, colourful style. She paints places that she knows from her memories, places that she passes every day, and those that she imagines visiting in the future. In early 2020, her work was exhibited at the School of Visual Arts, New York and, a year later, it entered the National Collection. She is a member of Crawford Supported Studio.

Nano Nagle Place by Rosaleen Moore is currently featured in BOTANICA: The Art of Plants.

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