Claire Guinan with her portrait of John Sheehan.

'In Harmony' exhibition inspired by music and lyrics

Artworks inspired by music and lyrics feature in an exhibition which opens at The Atrium, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar next week.

‘In Harmony’ by Claire Guinan also includes a number of her large-scale oil paintings of prominent figures from the Irish music scene.

Claire is a native of Tullamore, now living and working from her studio in Athlone.

She says music is a huge source of inspiration. She grew up surrounded by art and music and began playing at seven years old. Her tastes range from classical, to traditional to rock.

“Music is so powerful, it can evoke memories, enhance our emotions and influence our everyday lives,” she says.

Claire has a degree in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design and a Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from University College Dublin.

Claire works in oils, pencils, ink and watercolours, and this exhibition is a selection of delicate pencil drawings with gold detail to her large oil paintings.

Her portraits have been featured in The Irish Times, The Examiner and Hotpress Magazine.

In Harmony opens on Tuesday September 19 at 6pm in The Atrium and runs until Friday September 29.

One of the images that will feature Claire's exhibition, 'In Harmony'.

To coincide with her exhibition, Claire is collaborating with Tullamore based singer songwriter Olivia Burke to celebrate Culture Night.

Claire will be doing a live art demo while Olivia plays an acoustic set – a selection of songs that inspired some of Claire’s pieces as well as a number of her own songs.

That is on Friday September 22 at Dead Centre Brewery in Athlone (7-9pm; free admission; all welcome).

For more, see Claire's Facebook page; and Instagram or