Born Dublin 1971, Ita Freeney graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Art (1994) and is currently based in Cork. She has had solo shows at the Lavit Gallery, Cork; Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin; Fenton Gallery, Cork; Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick and the CIT. 2016 saw her stepping back from the gallery work she has been involved with over the years, reducing her hours to focus more on her own practice. A member of the Backwater Artists for many years, she now works from an independent studio. Her work is in the collections of Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Mayo; The Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, The OPW, Cork County Council, UCC, the Department of Finance and the Dental Hospital, Dublin.
An atmosphere, a quietness and a minimal aesthetic have always been characteristics of my paintings. My prime interest is in the subtle transitions and divisions between different areas of tone, light and colour achieved through the use of light applications of paint. Originally a painter of pure abstract works, I now look to the landscape for inspiration on subtle nuances of colour /light and seek out abstract forms in reality – echoing horizontal bands and contrasting verticals / horizontals. There is often a play in my work between the lyrical and more graphic, the abstract and representational. I like to work in series, with my last Outer Edges series, being inspired by my immediate surroundings just ouside Cork City and my most recent works being inspired by time spent on residencies at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Mayo.
Membership: Backwater Artists Network