Imelda Kilbane was born in Liverpool and moved to Achill Island in early childhood. Inspired by the West of Ireland’s scenery Kilbane works largely in monochromatic tones. Kilbane’s work is the result of innate knowledge, personal memories and the study of her native landscape from topography to climate.
Kilbane’s interest in the expressive language of paint and mark making is apparent within her work. In her mixed media works on paper, board and aluminium she uses goache, acrylic, Indian ink, pigments and found objects. She depicts the drama of the rugged landscape working with pitch palettes of treacle, char, silver and navy to achieve a sense of space and scale. Atmosphere, drawn from themes of beauty and isolation are addressed to create an image that is unseen or less visceral in direct representations.
Imelda Kilbane is represented by Claremorris Gallery, Co. Mayo: