Originally from Maghery, on the shores of Lough Neagh, Orchard County, the close association with references to the shoreline and her father’s family business, as a market gardener, the references to the precious cargo of the past and the evolving present of childhood memories and experiences have inspired her work. Living now in Fermanagh over thirty thirty-seven years, a former student of TP Flanagan and Iconographer Sr Aloysius Mc Veigh and currently Creative Adviser, Artist, Curator and Cultural Broker/ Programmer and Arts Activist. Noelle continues to be committed to supporting arts and culture across education, community, voluntary, youth and health sectors.
Noelle’s work varies in size, scale, subject matter and treatment, from large-scale oil paintings to small mixed media pieces on canvas. The work is vibrant in colour and texture that appeal strongly to the eye with recent work consisting of an extraordinarily vivid panorama of colour, light and imagery, abstract and semi representational. The work to date has evolved from the figurative/narrative tradition. The choice of subject matter and treatment of it has evolved in a logical development from previous solo exhibitions, Waterways of the mind, Out of the Blue, Eve–oloution, Precious Cargo and Emotional Landscape.
Abstract works are inspired by experiments with colour, texture, light and semi animated marks, traces of life that somehow continue to be figurative. The paintings in oils and acrylics cover surfaces and canvasses that have been distorted, distressed, layered with texture and colour, with fragments that have been constructed and deconstructed exposing colour beneath the surface.
Inspiration is drawn from who the artist is and where she has come from and where she is now, both the physical world the artist lives in and the private world within her that carries the Precious Cargo of the past and all its diverse, dynamic and evolving happenings, the magic of gained knowledge & personal insight. An Artist who has mined deeper with age, where with a love of emotive colour, scorched canvasses emerge. Where blue tones and strong exotic tones collide. Where inspiration is sought in everything and every experience, and where the artist paints large-scale as well as small, and welcomes the happy accident.
Inspiration from the work of Hodgkin’s and Hoyland have influenced recent work. “My work has evolved, it comes from my life, my soul, experiences, memory and imagination. Shaped, nourished by events and accidental happenings, family, friendship and a sense of place.”
Inspiration for Noelle McAlinden’s work comes from who she is, the physical and emotional waterways and landscapes navigated virtually and metaphorically, the rhythm of poetry and music, the precious cargo carried within and the losses and gains of the fragile human condition.
Noelle is a visual artist who has mined deep, with a passionate sense of colour and who has exhibited extensively within and beyond unique gallery settings on and along waterways, throughout Ireland and Europe as well as Oklahoma and India.
Heartland, Hope And Health
Guardians of Our Shores
Home Harvest Beyond the Lullabye Trees
Labour is blossoming or dancing where the body is not bruised to pleasure the soul
The Human Race . . . The Space Between Us
Warm Memories of the Shore
Wishes, Dreams and Lullabyes
Moonlight Lullabye is a creative collaboration between Noelle Mc Alinden as a Visual Artist and Paul Marshall through his incredible Digital skills. It is part of The Emotional Landscape Series by Noelle McAlinden and the recurrent personal theme of ‘The Space between us’, inspired by a physical, mental and emotional response to a sense of place and the precious cargo we carry within us, as vessels on voyages through the fragile landscape we inhabit.
According to Noelle, ‘the current context of COVID has meant our emotional state and the space between us is precious and fragile, it has become a concern and a necessity to survival in our daily lives. The use of technology is a necessity, to connect, encourage, express and empathise.
‘My painting ‘The Lullabye trees holding up the sky’ is part of a series of cherished images, painted with acrylic paint, mixed media on stretched linen. It is a reference to times of childhood on the Loughshore, a safe sanctuary of homeplace and precious cargo of memories nurtured. The painting has been revisited with new eyes and new meaning thanks to technology, a life line for me and many during COVID. Where we are skilfully transported through a digital Emotional landscape connecting us through the space between us. A special thanks to the digital skills and imagination of fellow creative and digital wizard Paul Marshall’.
About The ARTIST
Noelle Mc Alinden is a practicing artist exhibiting locally, regionally and internationally, with work in public and private collections across UK, Europe, US and Canada. McAlinden also works as a creative adviser, curator, arts educationalist, a former Head of Art and Design in a post-primary school and Senior Lecturer for Arts at Fermanagh College of Further Education. She teaches across a range of sectors including, primary, post primary, university and the prison Sector, and was an international artist in residence in University of Transylvania, Lexington, Kentucky as part of The Governors School of Art.
As an arts activist for almost thirty-nine years, McAlinden has worked across statutory and voluntary Youth and Community sectors. She is passionate about all artforms promoting visual and performing arts, moving image, film and digital literacy. She was Chair of Creative Youth Partnerships and served as Chair of The Forum for Local Government and the Arts. She is an active advocate for the arts supporting the development of artists and creatives promoting collaborative and strategic partnerships locally, regionally and internationally. She is an ambassador for for positive mental and emotional well-being dedicated to the prevention of suicide.