Jennie Castle Artist works from an Spéir Studios, a group of 200year old stone buildings, including the restored Irish cottage and its outbuildings, set in the heart of rural Ireland, in County Kilkenny.
Jennie Castle Artist has a background in Fine Arts and a Bachelor and Masters in Architecture, from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
exhibitions 2019: Currently working towards ‘Re-Wilding’ exhibition as part of AKA and Thomastown Creative Arts Festival August 11-18th.
1993: While attending the Pascale School of Art, work was exhibited at the Natal Society of Art (NSA) Gallery, Durban, South Africa with artists Dennis Spalding and Isabelle Leclesio. 1995: Exhibited paintings at the NSA, Durban, with architects Brian Kearney, Jenny Whitehead, Roy Farren, Mary Greening and Peter Croxon. Exhibited oil paintings on several Members Exhibitions at the N.S.A. Gallery, Durban. 2001: Exhibited at the Botanical Artists of South Africa exhibition in Kwa-Zulu Natal. 2005: Exhibited in show entitled ‘Dwell’, artSPACE, Durban with artists Jeannie Kinsler and Louise Jennings 2005: Exhibited at the Wildlife Society Exhibition at the International Conference Centre, Durban 2005: Participated in the ‘Affordable Art Fair’, artSPACE, Durban. 2006: Pre-view solo exhibition ‘Exotica’ at Surrey Mansions, Durban, South Africa. 2006/2007: Established and participated in ‘Painting of the Month’, series at CASTLERIN Studios and Workshops, Grennan Water Mill, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. February 2007 and January 2008 2007: Curated and participated in an exhibition of the work of the artists who had contributed to the ‘Painting of the Month’ series, during Kilkenny Arts Festival at CASTLERIN Studios and Workshops, Grennan Water Mill, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. 2007: Produced a mosaic mural (3m x 2m) for private house in Kilkenny and other mosaic artworks such as table tops, pots, tiles etc 2008: Curated an exhibition of the work of the artists who participated in the ‘ Painting of the Month’ series, during Kilkenny Arts Festival at CASTLERIN Studios and Workshops, in the new premises : ‘The Studio’ Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny. 2008: ‘Kilkenny Castle and Roses of Antiquity’ – an exhibition of oil paintings at Rothe House, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny during the Kilkenny Arts Festival. 2008: Children’s community projects : external mosaic (2.4m x 2.4m) and two external mural panels (each 4.8m x 2.4m) for Ballylinch, disadvantaged community area, Carrick on Suir (Tipperary Council/Pobal Funding) 2009: Children’s Community Mosaic Project, Mother of fair Love, (Special Needs School) Kilkenny (Kilkenny Arts Council/Council funding)
2009-2010: ‘exotica – exotica NOIR’ – a first solo exhibition of paintings, mosaics and ceramics. artSPACEBerlin, Berlin, Germany, in April. 2010: ‘Summer Roses’ – an exhibition of oil paintings. Bank of Ireland, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, August. 2011: Exhibition of Mosaic Mirrors using re-cycled ceramic pieces sourced from local ceramic makers. Blackberry Café, Thomastown Co. Kilkenny, August. 2012: ‘Crème de Noir’ exhibition of oil paintings, ceramic and mosaics as part of ‘ Three Solos’ exhibition held during the annual Kilkenny Arts Festival in August. Mc Kenna’s Arch, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. 2012: ‘Retro Fora’ - an exhibition of oil paintings at the Truffle Fairy Café, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, August. 2013-2015: Designed and supervised the restoration of a Farm Cottage and associated Outbuildings and the construction of own new Passive House in Ireland. Project included artwork, paintings and mosaics. 2017: ‘Flowers’ - a small exhibition of ceramic imprints and mixed media original prints at RESTOCK, Funchal, Madeira. 2018: ‘The Inked Orchid & other Botanicals’ to be held in my new studio during the Thomastown Creative Arts Festival August 12-19th.
2019: Currently working towards ‘Re-Wilding’ exhibition as part of AKA and Thomastown Creative Arts Festival August 11-18th.