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Monday 21 October 2019

Attention to detail is Carmel's hallmark

IT IS not necessary to be an art expert to appreciate the work of Carmel Fenlon which is on display in the old Joyce's Paint shop on Commercial Quay.

A former student of the Loreto secondary school in Wexford and Good Counsel College in New Ross, Carmel studied Art in London before returning home to teach. The attention to detail that goes into each piece of her work is evident for anyone to see. The exhibition consists mainly of portraits, but also contains some amazingly detailed seascapes, skilfully done in pencil.

Among the portraits were a couple of famous faces, such as Roy Keane and Brian Cody; however the artist admits that she does enjoy doing portraits of friends and family.

The level of detail that goes into each portrait truly has to be seen to be believed and the care and attention that goes into every piece was rewarded in 2009 when one of Carmel's pieces was selected for the prestigious Davy Portrait Awards in Belfast.

However there was also an element of sadness to Carmel's exhibition. When asked which piece was her personal favourite, she answered that it was a portrait of her son.

'My son passed away in 2008, so in many ways this exhibition is dedicated to him and his memory.' However the tragic death of her son has driven Carmel to invest more time in her art. 'I've only really started to paint and draw again recently,' Carol said, 'I suppose the loss of my son has inspired me to get back into it.'

This is Carol's first time exhibiting at Wexford Festival Opera, and if you have the time, I would highly recommend dropping in to take a look at her work at Joyce's Old Paint Store on the quay for the duration of the festival.

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