Amanda's focus on familiar faces
The figurative artist Amanda Doran has just completed the year-long Paul Funge Artist in Residency programme at the Gorey School of Art, ending on a public high with an exhibition of portrait drawings of local people called 'Familiar Faces'.
During the residency, Gorey-based Amanda set up a living room-style studio with a sofa and an easel and invited all-comers to come in and sit for her while she drew and painted them.
Students, family members, friends and strangers took up the offer and paid a visit to her studio, some of them engaging in some drawing and sketching themselves while they were there.
Amanda did 194 drawings of which 110 are included in the exhibition which continues at the Gorey School of Art until Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
The residency which gave Amanda a bursary and a studio in the school with access to mentorship and all facilities, to create an exhibition, was a homecoming of sorts for the artist who did a foundation course PLC there when she was 16 years old, returning for an advanced course at 21 before going on to study at the National College of Art and Design.
She is full of praise for the school and the support it has given her.
Amanda is currently working on a forthcoming show with the Galway-born artist and NCAD graduate Sheila Rennick at the Hillsboro art gallery in Parnell Square, Dublin.