Approved: 16.08.2006

Billie Ireland

Artist, Community worker, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006
  • Location: Nottingham, East Midlands
  • Artforms: Drawing, Mixed media, Painting
  • Tags: painting, birth, pregnancy, motherhood, paper, felt, burnt, gold, mixed media, abstract, human form, woman, figurative, line, drawing

Artist Statement

The ritual involved in making works of art and in particular, my own process, fascinates me. I’m also interested in the wider fields of religious symbolism and spiritual practice. I am continually drawn to themes in nature and ancient arts and materials.

Since becoming a mother, my work has incorporated personal histories. Narratives have evolved combining my own experience of pregnancy and birth with rituals from different eras and cultures.

While my work involves multiple forms and techniques, it is rooted in the traditions of painting and drawing. These works include processes in painting, silverpoint and felt and traditional gesso.  Burnt paper, gold leaf and human hair are used to make images that are responses to my need to make spiritual icons representing my physical and spiritual journey. The use of hands-on, time-intensive processes seems particularly appropriate for this subject matter. 



CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2007 - Solo show, Lace market Gallery, Nottingham 2003 - Billie Ireland, The Art Store, Dublin 2002 - Paintings, The Assembly Rooms, Derby 2002 - The South Hall Gallery Show, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham 2001 - Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham Group exhibitions 2012 - The Drawing Project, Crocus Gallery, Nottingham 2011 - 4 CAN + 2, Surface Gallery, Nottingham 2010 - The Big Hang, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 2009 - Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham 2009 - Painting in progress, The Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham 2008 - IFA Touring Show, Hatworks , Europe 2006 - Great Christmas Art Fair, Alexandra Palace, London 2006 - New Trends in Painting, LCB Depot, Leicester 2005 - Derby Open, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby 2004 - Spain meets Ireland, Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham 2003 - Virtual Collect, Experian, Nottingham 2002 - Circa, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingahm 2002 - Open Studios Exhibition, Wallner Gallery, University of Nottingham 2001 - Connect, Leicester City Gallery, Leicester 2001 - Createx, City Library and Foreningen Norden, Gothenburg, Sweden 2001 - Createx, The Art Exchange, Nottingham 2001 - Open, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby 2001 - Sir John Borlase Warren, Nottingham 2001 - Visualise, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham 2000 - Open, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby 2000 - Open, Leicester City Gallery, Leicester