Penguin Original


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A little bit about the painting

This painting is one of a series of three along with the polar bear and the fox.

12 x 7 canvases

A little bit about penguins

Penguins are aquatic, flightless birds.  They are most commonly associated with the cold waters of the Antacrtic, but many species of penguins live in temperate climates, indeed the Galapagos penguin is located in warm tropical waters north of the Equator.  Most penguins split their time fairly evenly between the land and the sea. The largest of all the penguin species is the emperor penguin, which can grow to around 1.1m in height and weigh around 35kg.  While the smallest of the penguin species is the little blue penguin, which can reach 33cm in height and weigh 1kg.

There are many examples of penguins featuring prominently in popular culture.  From movies like Happy Feet, Surf’s up or the Madagascar series, to lending their name to sports teams like the Pittsburg Penguins of the NHL.  In literature there is the publishing company named after the popular flightless bird or the villain in the DC Comics Batman stories.  All these examples speak to the popularity of the monochromatic, waddling avians.

About the artist


Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator.  One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:

> Nominated 40 under 40

> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday

> Finalist in the East Side Awards

Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.

She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work. This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.

Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.

Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings.  Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.

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