Emma Connolly (1976 -), I Hear Dogs Barking

Artist: Emma Connolly 1976-

Title: I Hear Dogs Barking

Date: 2004

Medium: Oil on canvas

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast, UK

EMu user since 2004

september_small.jpgEmma Connolly is an emerging artist, living in Northern Ireland, who paints with great enthusiasm and at speed. I Hear Dogs Barking is a popular piece with museums and galleries and shows something of contemporary art in Northern Ireland. Oil on canvas, it is one of a series of pieces painted in 2004 which are similar in subject matter and style. It shows a mini and three dogs, some more obvious than others, the most prominent in the foreground, mouth wide open, barking. The works in the series reflect the noise and confusion of her life at the time – she had been involved in a life threatening car crash and was also dealing with her mother’s ill health and death. Very contemporary in the use of colour, the imagery of I Hear Dogs Barking is universal with the large barking dogs both threatening and potentially protective. The loose, fast sweeping brush strokes perfectly convey the noise and movement of the dogs, and the immediacy of the colouring helps viewers engage with it.

Born in 1976 in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Emma studied Fine Art at Dunlaoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and then completed a Masters in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. She was a prize winner at the Zurich Young Artists’ competition, 2005, won the Carson McDowell Award in 2004, and won the President’s Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy, 2002. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Cuba, Portland, Dublin, Berlin and London. Her work is in the collections of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Zurich Insurance, the Law Society of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, Dublin, the Queens and Ulster Universities in Belfast, and a number of private collections.

Photograph taken by Brian Rutledge