Pre Show Nerves A3 Indian Ink (unframed)



A little about the original 

Pre Show Nerves A3 Indian Ink (unframed)

Indian ink painting on a3 paper.

Expressive and free flowing with movement.

You can sense the nerves and silent chatter before the dancers enter stage left


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The inspiration behind the painting


Acclaimed East Belfast artist Aly Harte is taking her original works into the heart of County Down with a solo show in Haptik, Newtownards.

Opening on Thursday 3rd October at 6.00pm, the exhibition entitled ‘Gathering’ focuses on her recent collections of travel paintings, created when travelling around the East & West coast of America this summer along with her much sought after ink dancer series.

Speaking ahead of this exhibition, Aly said: “I’ve exhibited around the country but this is the first time I’ll be exhibiting in Newtownards. I’m excited to show my recent works in such a captive and creative space that the McBrides have created in Haptik.

“I’m excited to share the inspiration from my travel paintings this summer which depict the energy and the colour I felt when we travelled to NYC, to San Francisco, along the coast of California and then to the mountains where my boys were at camp. Whereas the dancer paintings were my way of exploring form and movement using only the lines of my brush and black Indian ink.”

“I will be showing the original works of acrylic on canvas and Indian ink on paper, all will be available to purchase directly from the exhibition.”

As a creative award winning entrepreneur, Aly helps women to know and to love themselves from their brain to their bones. She believes she is on a journey of self acceptance and invites women to join her on that journey via her blog and social media channels.


View the other dancers HERE



Also known as Chinese ink, Indian ink stems from one of the oldest and most durable pigments of all time: carbon black. Made from ash mixed with a binder such as water, liquid or glue, various recipes for carbon black can be found as far back in history as the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.

A recipe by the Greek scribe Dioscorides from 40-90 AD survives to this day on parchment. Around 3000 BC, drawing ink appeared in China. The pigment was dried into small sticks or little saucers, often using animal glue as a binder. These then needed to be rubbed with water to create a liquid ink. Traditionally, black inks were favoured by Chinese artists who excelled in producing monochrome paintings conveying texture and emotions through ink strokes and varying shades of black and grey.


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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I use art in all it’s mediums to express my love for the “everyday”. Coffee cups, familiar landmarks, colour associations. All of these, I believe, contribute to what is known as our “everyday”. Not only do I love drawing them, I think they are worth placing importance on.

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