One of my favorite Irish artists is Rita Stynes Stow. She is an Irish born artist who paints very unique depictions of biblical passages and Celtic myths. Her artwork is beautifully fused with Celtic symbols and design.
Her unique style of Irish iconography is vibrant in color and detail.
One of my favorite paintings, King Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf and the defeat of the Vikings in 1014 (below) is full of intensity and contrast. The depiction of the dramatic battle scene is presented in soft olive hues, while the detailed symbols that surround it, although equally energetic, are vibrant and strong.
Her renderings of Mary, the Mother of God are rich in Irish motifs that animate their subject matter. Her presentation of the Madonna are both innovative and avant-garde.
The technique of interlacing Irish knotwork and elaborate symbols is characteristic of the identifiable ornamental aspects of Celtic art.
Her habit of incorporating geometric decoration with stylized figurative subjects is creative and intriguing.
While her ability to combine the biblical narrative with geometric symbolism is captivating, her melding of diverse religious practices (as in Krishna and Christ below)is provocative.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of one of my favorite artists, Rita Stynes Strow. And I encourage you to express your own culture and traditions through the artwork you create and display in your home.
See the artwork of Rita Stynes Strow at Triumph Brewery, Princeton, NJ, now through May 11, 2014.