Shipyard Belfast is painted using acrylic on canvas 120 x120cm Painting.
The Harland and Wolff cranes with a different view. I wanted to capture the true blue sky behind the yellow cranes but also to see the cranes in their natural habitat- amongst industrial buildings and towering over homes in East Belfast.
This painting was made over three layers of acrylic paint applied with a paintbrush. It has been finished with charcoal and it is unframed.
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Part of a series of Belfast works in 2021
An epic and patriotic poem about the process of building a ship in America:
Day by day the vessel grew,
With timbers fashioned strong and true,
Stemson and keelson and sternson-knee,
Till, framed with perfect symmetry,
A skeleton ship rose up to view!
The ship is viewed as the bride of the ‘gray old sea’. The pastor’s prayer sees the soul as being as turbulent as the sea, but with a little guidance can be steered to joy, not fear. The poem ends with an analogy of the state being formed in the same way as a ship:
Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
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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