She Flies was a part of my May 2018 ‘Flowers, figures and LA’ exhibition. You can see all images of the opening night here. It is 120 x120cm canvas in a white heavy frame. She Flies medium is oil applied using sweeping motions to create flow and dancer like gestures. A palette of lilacs, white and greys with some skin tone can be noted.
Acclaimed East Belfast artist Aly Harte is taking her original works into the heart of South Belfast with a solo show in Canvas Galleries, Stranmillis, just across the road from GOC. ‘Figures, Flowers and LA’ focuses on her much sought after dancer series, her passion for California and new works based on her love of wildflowers. Speaking ahead of this exhibition, Aly said: “I’ve exhibited around the country but this is the first time I’ll be exhibiting in South Belfast. It’s so nostalgic as I lived across the road from the gallery during my art college days.
“I’m excited to share inspiration in my exhibition from a recent visit to Los Angeles where I’ve recreated my memories of strolling along Santa Monica Pier, the importance of movement for our health depicted in my dancers and wildflowers which I observed all around the city last summer.
“I will be showing 20 original works in oil on canvas and all will be available to purchase directly from the exhibition.”
The energy and excitement I felt when making this piece can be noted in the mark makings and the deep turquoise blue of the dancer’s skirt.
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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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