A native of Dublin, Sheila Naughton is an Honours graduate of NCAD and Ecole Cantonale des Beaux Arts et d'Arts Appliquées, Lausanne, Switzerland. Having worked in industry and education for over twenty five years, Sheila is now working as a full-time artist.
Sheila was selected for a residency at The Custom House Studios and Gallery in Westport in 2010. This experience was pivotal in developing her interest in contemporary abstract drawing and resulted in her first solo exhibition "Chiaroscuro" there in 2011. Chiaroscuro is a term meaning "shadow and light" and the series of works called "The Mayo Drawings" based on this theme were made there, while looking at the play of shadow and light on the hill opposite the studio window. She was also joint first prize winner of "Mayo in Mind" print exhibition at The Custom House.
Sheila was the recipient of the AIR Krems residency in Krems, Austria in 2011. Krems is a small and beautiful town on the Danube surrounded by vineyards. The experience of Winter in Middle Europe led to her series of "Winter Drawings" which is an ongoing theme. Other residencies were one at Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden in 1998 and more recently at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in 2013 and 2014.
Participation in group exhibitions in previous years includes Boyle Arts Festival, Eigse, EV+A, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, The Healing Arts Trust at Waterford University Hospital, Enniskillen Visual Arts Open and The Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore for "The Sea Horse" group exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of The Sea Horse shipwreck in Tramore Bay in 1816.
Other solo exhibitions include "Works on Paper" at Gallery One, Castle Yard, Kilkenny during Kilkenny Arts Week 2012. An installation "Borrowed Pages" at The Index Gallery, Waterford City Library in 2014 was a tribute to the used library books with their faded colours and tatty corners which are no longer fit for lending and are about to be discarded. Sheila's recent solo exhibition "Lightspill" was held in October/November 2016 at the Higher Bridges Gallery in Enniskillen. The exhibition consisted of paintings and drawings on the theme of transience and transitory experience. “Blur” - an exhibition of works on paper, was held at the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council Pop-up Gallery in Dun Laoghaire in July 2017 and continues her theme of transience and transitory experience.
Most recently, Sheila’s work has been selected for exhibition in the RHA Annual 2017, “Cairde” at the Model Arts Centre in Sligo, a group exhibition at GOMA in Waterford and at VUE at the RHA Gallery in November.
Sheila is a member of the AGA group with the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin.
See website www.sheilanaughton.com for more details and images.