I am raffling off this original piece of artwork, titled “Helpless” to raise money and help support the work of Save The Children.
In the world that we are living in right now it is perhaps hard for some of us to see beyond Covid-19 and the impact that it has within our own society. The impact has been devastating globally and unfortunately in countries around the world Covid-19 has ravaged through societies that were already facing crisis be it through war, famine, extreme poverty or other diseases
Last year I produced this painting at a time when my family and I were going through a very rough time. I remember working on parts of the painting with tears in my eyes, it was the first and only painting I have produced that filled me with such raw emotion. At the time of painting, helpless is what I felt as I watched my mother be given a terminal diagnosis and watched my family go through such a hard time. I felt helpless.
Many of us will have faced moments like this where we feel we can do nothing however I firmly believe that if we all can make a small contribution to a cause close to our heart, then together we will make a big difference and save lives.
I’m delighted to say that I have had one of my original oil paintings accepted to be part of the 139th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.
It will be on display and for sale at the exhibition in the Ulster Museum from 16th of October 2020 to 3rd of January 2021.
When I started by sketching cars for friends and schoolmates, I never thought that I would turn art into a successful career; and when I was first convinced to put the pencil down for a while and lift a paintbrush, I never dreamt that I would have some of my art accepted into the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual exhibition once never mind twice. Actually to say I am delighted is a bit of an understatement.
Seeing my acceptance notification and the words of congratulations was slightly bittersweet as there was someone very close to my heart who I wasn’t able to lift the phone and tell my news to, but I know she already knew and as I have said many times before she is with me every time I paint that little red signature
This painting is titled “The Fear” …. I know many of you will be able to relate to that feeling of leaving the water heater on
I think Déarbhla will be glad to have this little piece out of the kitchen for a while as it has caught her out a few times thinking that someone has left a switch on … at least I know it is realistic
When was the last time you lifted a colour pad and some pencils and let the colours flow? Primary School for many people I am sure but fun for all the family, art and colouring in is not just for children and is well known for helping to calm and relax adult minds too.
Colouring induces the same state of relaxation as meditating, relaxing the amygdala (the fear centre of your brain) it can help to reduce the thoughts of a restless mind.
So join me in some relaxation through art. Take a break from remote working (and normal working for all those key workers keeping the world running – we salute you!) and home schooling, grab some colouring pencils or paints and let your imagination wander…
Tap into a ‘state of flow’, take your mind off the news and daily social media updates by taking some well deserved downtime and time for self-care.
Simply click on one of the images below, download and get colouring!!
Don’t forget to upload to Facebook or Instagram and tag me in your Masterpiece.
I feel a little competition coming on soon so stay tuned!
Another in my ‘Real meets the Not So Real’ series ‘The Sidekick’. Inspired by the legend that is Batman and his small but mighty sidekick Robin.
Many people have mentioned to me how they love my realistic Robins because they remind them of someone close to them – so along popped this little fella into my imagination and I just had to share him.
Colour him, enjoy experimenting with a range of colours and techniques and don’t forget to just #StayHome
A beautiful scenic painting of the Mourne Mountains, this scene to many of my friends, family, neighbours and wider community perfectly describes being ‘Back Home’.
It could be the view from your home or the home of a loved one, it could be a view that brings back memories of holidaying in Newcastle. No matter what it means to you, there is no argument that this iconic view is simply breathtaking.
So now you can have your own go at colouring it. Experiment with the colours and personalise it to you – perhaps you will go for a dark colour palette one that reminds you of late nights in the pubs and clubs of Newcastle or perhaps a lighter tone to remind you of the early morning walks along the seafront or treks up the Slieve Donard.
I hope you enjoy colouring some of my paintings – I will hopefully get a few more images uploaded over the coming days. Don’t forget to upload to Facebook or Instagram and tag me in your Masterpiece, and as I said I feel a little competition coming on soon for those who joined in #ColourwithAidan so stay tuned!
I have been asked several times over the past few months if I would consider one of the aft challenges that many artists on social media do.
I initially wasn’t sure if it was for me, but after speaking with a few customers who have wanted an original painting but have a budget, speaking with those who like my style when it comes to portraits and speaking with people who always ask “Would you ever paint…??”, I thought maybe this is right for me!! As an artist it challenges me (100 portraits is no easy task, nor is painting with detail on such small canvases) but I always enjoy a new opportunity, and it also opens up more opportunities for potential buyers!
So my thinking cap is on, my paintbrushes are in hand, and this week will see the first portrait in this new series released for sale!
All paintings will be approx 8″x8″ and will cost only £95*.
Always wanted to own a unique original piece of art, then now is your chance 🙌🏻
*postage and packaging will be charged at standard rate
Come along to the opening night of Aidan Sloans new Art Exhibition ‘This wee place here’.
Enjoy nibbles and drinks while exploring the various paintings on display.
Aidan’s new exhibition examines the characteristics of Northern Ireland as perceived by a post troubles artist living and growing up in rural County Down. The work on display will provide an insight into Aidan’s perception of Northern Ireland, rarely but not untouched by the conflict that plagued Northern Ireland for 30 years.
Along with landscapes and animals, the exhibition will display images from politics and history. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to appreciate the style of art as well as the various facets of Northern Ireland.
Opening Night: 10th January 2019 at 7pm
The Main Gallery
The Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
Absolutely delighted to announce that my painting “Who am I?” has been selected for display at the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 137th Annual Exhibition in the Ulster Museum, Belfast from the 19th October 2018 to 6th January 2019.
I am feeling very proud, not only as this is my first time submitting an art piece to the academy, but also because it is a painting of my son Ethan.
In January 2019 I will be holding an exhibition in the main hall of the Down Arts Centre.
“This wee place here.” will be an exhibition from the perspective of a post-troubles artist growing up and living in Northern Ireland. The work on display will provide an insight of life as I have perceived it; a wee bit of history and culture combined with with nature, the people, and the places. The exhibition will have a little something for everyone.
I won’t be releasing many images of the work that will be within the exhibition however now and again I will show one to give a flavour of what will be available.
This is something different than what I have produced before, and with the theme of my exhibition it is hard not to touch the politics of Northern Ireland.
Along with landscapes, animals, the exhibition will also display notable images from all cultures, politics and history.
This painting is one of a small collection of politicians that will be available to view.