The Lighthouse, etching
NIAMH MAC GOWAN trained as a graphic designer at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. During her time there she found herself spending hours in the printmaking workshop. After working with a few design agencies she decided to go out on her own as a printmaker.
She moved to London where she lived for seven years and couldn't help but be inspired by The River Thames and the stunning old buildings to be found in Richmond, Twickenham and beyond. She began a series of etchings and aquatints while based there. These editions of prints proved very popular and many editions sold out. Niamh is currently working on some new pieces of the area. Niamh's works are predominantly small in scale. Her etchings and aquatints have become well known for their detailed and quirky, instantly-recognisable style. This, along with their affordable prices, prompts many people to tend to collect them.
In 2004, Niamh returned to Ireland and was accepted as a member of Graphic Studio Dublin. She chose to live in County Wicklow where she set up a rural Gallery, specialising in fine art prints, ceramics and jewellery. After a few years Niamh took on the opportunity to work as an assistant to the late sculptor and collector, Barry Flanagan RA OBE. She then went on to work at the Graphic Studio Gallery in Dublin where she rubbed shoulders with well known Irish and International Artists and found immense enjoyment in hanging exhibitions and helping clients choose artworks for their home.
Niamh now lives in a cottage near the sea - still in Wicklow - surrounded by inspiring views, which are echoed in a lot of her more recent work, these landscapes of the rolling hills and patchwork fields of 'The Garden County' are a far cry from the majestic buildings along the Thames but she returns to London and Dublin on a regular basis for her fix of historical architecture.
More recently Niamh has embarked on a new venture feulled by a lifelong passion for Interiors. She has combined her talent for styling the home with her knowledge gained from fifteen years working in the Artworld.
Her work has been purchased by the Office of Public Works and The Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection. It is also held in private collections both nationally and internationally.