Sheila Rennick graduated from NCAD with a degree in Fine Art painting in 2004 and was co-recipient of the CAP foundation award. She went on to do an MA in painting in Central St. Martins College in London, which she completed in 2006. She was one of thirty artists selected from across the UK for the notable Jerwood Contemporary Painting exhibition, which was held in London in February 2007.
Group shows include Neither here Nor There, Galway Arts Centre, THE BIG STORE, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and Boyle Arts Festival.
Solo shows include Higheels and Bulldogs, Monster Truck Gallery and Studios, Paper Boat at the Stone Gallery, Dublin and most recently a solo show at the White Room Gallery, Galway.
The artist adds:“
My painting often presents the viewer with a story or a scenario; the viewer is invited to resolve their own ending or meaning from the works. Photographs, newspapers, stories, television and popular culture all forge ideas for my paintings. They are painted in thick pastel colours often counteracting the darkness of the scenes or ideas within the pieces. The human condition and the figures are often core to the paintings. Animals feature frequently in my work, they are used to symbolise various personalities or to reinforce a story. The figures often appear fragmented and the paintings can verge on abstraction, I paint directly onto canvas allowing for change and for different ideas to merge.”