Women of 1916
Féile an Phobail 2016, St Mary's University College, Belfast.
I painted this series of 20 miniature portraits of the women of the Easter Rising to complement the larger exhibition 'In This Supreme Hour' (see the link below).
It has been well documented that the role of women during the Rising was largely overlooked on its 50th anniversary in 1966. Ireland today is a much different society.
The work captures women from a broad range of roles and backgrounds. Not only did the women nurse the wounded and feed the troops, they ran perilous routes between garrisons delivering instructions, and a few saw active combat. And they came from all over - Dublin, Belfast, England and France.
Only a selection of the portraits are shown below. Are all still available for exhibition or purchase.
Full set of 20 in its display case
Selection of portraits