Jean Usher Artist

Jean Usher lives and works in Co. Kerry, Ireland – inspired by the landscape, changing weather conditions and the amazing light.

As an artist I am in a continual struggle with decisions, marks, shapes, colour, tension, images and forces at work. From this dialogue I endeavour to reach the viewer of my work. Not by direct description of the subject but by reference only.

Jean Usher work is highly sought after and here are some exhibitions where you would have seen her work displayed over the last number of years.

Recent work 2005 – 2011

Solo exhibition at The Gallery at the Globe, Pleasure Beach Blackpool UK, 2005.
Artist in Residence, Roundstone, Connemara 2005 with work at the Starraic Gallery Roundstone.
Rosscarbery Arts Festival, 2005.
The Oratory, Cahirciveen, Summer Exhibition 2008/2009/10.
An Tigin art/craft gallery Waterville 2003/2004/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010.
Chernobyl Childrens’ Project, 2006, Caherdaniel.
The Library, Cahirciveen, Solo exhibitions : 2004 and 2008.
Group exhibition Damien O’Connell, Regina Bartsch, Jean Usher : 2006.
15th anniversary, Cupola Gallery : Group exhibition, 2006.
Tech Amergin, Waterville Summer Solstice Festival 2007.
Killarney Summerfest 2008, group exhibition in the Library, Killarney.
Work exhibited with Penley Contemporary Art : 2005 – 2011 at The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park London. (Spring Collection).
The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland 2007. Cambridgeshire Art Fair 2008.
Rotary Club of Killarney annual Art, Wine, Charity evening November 2008 – 2010.
Twinning the Kingdoms: Waterville and Lesotho. Images donated by 14 artists working in Kerry hand woven at Setsoto Designs in Lesotho South Africa. Artists include Regina Bartsch, Pauline Bewick, Jean Buyl,Christine Bowen,Bernadette Kennedy,Valerie Lane, Brid O’Mahoney, Peiter Koning, Helen Richmond, Vanessa Tallon, Jean Usher. Dublin Exhibition of work 14-25th September 2009 .
Waterville Sea Trout Festival 2009 . Curator of art exhibition for the festival showing work by 22 artists living and working in Ireland. www.visitwaterville.com
Blue Moon gallery, Sheffield. Group exhibition 2010.
The Studio Gallery Kenmare Co.Kerry. 2010-2011. Recent works by Regine Bartsch, Christine Bowen, Jennifer Kingston, Jim Manley, Ruth McDonnell, Cormac O’Leary, Jean Usher, Anja Gnauck, Leo Duff.

Solo and Grop exhibitions 1990 – 2004

Pye Bank school, Sheffield, environmentally inspired mural for school playground.
Solo exhibitions at the Little Gallery Sheffield 1991/1993.
Rufford Open 1991, Rufford Craft Centre and gallery, Nottinghamshire.
Sheffield Hallam University, The Atrium. Wall hanging: a glass, sealing wax and handwritten notes installation created for the opening in 1993.
Triptych, on site, 1993, Hallam University. Artists involved Giles Eldridge, Sue Griffiths and Jean Usher.
Solo exhibitions at Aitch’s restaurant, Bakewell, Derbyshire throughout the 1990′s.
Granary Wharf Leeds, “Dolls” wall hanging of small photo images.1993.
Blackburn Museum and Art gallery. “Letterform” 1994 group exhibition .
Royal Academy, London. Summer exhibition 1994.
Limerick City Open 1994.
Private commission “Age of Jazz” Clarice Cliff inspired mural, Sheffield.
Derby City Open. Student prize, 1994.
Transport Trust Open exhibition at Sotheby’s Colonnade gallery, London, 1995.
Cooper Gallery, Open exhibition. Barnsley, 1995.
“Art of the Stitch”. The Embroiderers’ Guild International Open exhibition 1994.
The Commonwealth Institute, London and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.
Sheffield Irish Festival 1998/1999/2010 group exhibition.
Cill Rialaig Art centre, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry. Group exhibition, 2001.
Higher Cliff Barn, Eyam, group exhibition, 2002.
S10 Gallery, Sheffield, group exhibition, 2002.