Corrina works mostly in oils on board from her home studio in Dublin, where she lives with her husband Dermot, sons Owen and Matthew and her daughter Rose.
Fine Art Painting at Limerick School of Art and Design.
1997: ‘ Link to the Future’ Aer Rianta Arts Festival, Dublin Airport.
2000: Paintings from El Camino de Santiago in Spain, Kilcock Art Gallery.
2003: Paintings from residencies in Kerry, Kilcock Art Gallery
2016: Illuminate Paintings from Howth and Co Clare at Art at House, Dublin.
1997: Guest artist with Martin Gale, Boyle Arts Festivals
2000: Open selection @ Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow
2001: Tripswtich group show, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
2003: Summer show @ The Solomon Art Gallery, Dublin
2004: Two Person show @ The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2005: Invited Artist, Irish Culture Exhibition in Ispra, Italy
2008: Invited Artist, RHA Annual Exhibition
2010: Open selection RHA Annual Exhibition
2017: Group Show, Art at the house, Dublin
2018: Open selection RHA Annual
2018: Women Artists from AIB Banks collection @ The Lexicon Gallery Dun Laoghaire.
Office of Public Works
St. Luke’s Hospital
Private clients include Pierce Brosnan and Cillian Murphy
Corrina Earlie’s paintings each tell a short story in capsule form: children’s toys are abandoned on a deserted beach; a no-parking sign stands forlornly in a misty field, where no one is ever likely to want to park; a seaside resort is shrouded in rain. The compositions are pared back, meticulously edited, to pinpoint the essence of the scene at a particular moment in time, and to evoke suggestion and meaning.
The effects of light play a dramatic part in the works. They appear to be illuminated from within, a glow emanates. She often paints her subjects in early morning, or evening light, when shadows are long and colours are intense. These transitionary times of day are full of possibility, of the day ahead, or the evening to come. There is nostalgia and future hope tied up in the same image. A powerful combination.
Other works celebrate the joy of midday by the coast, whether it’s the blues of sea and sky near the artist’s home in Howth, or the more rugged environs of County Clare, where she also paints, with its rural expanses and vernacular architecture. East and West feel different, but the same elements are at work: selecting, editing, composing, suggesting narratives.
These small works are hard won. Her process involves building up the paint in multiple layers, often sanding back in between, until the desired surface and intensity of colour is achieved. It takes time and patience, but brings a depth to the image that cannot obtained by short-cuts. The results are beautifully composed and crafted vignettes, a visual diary recording a unique vision
Una Sealy RHA
In the early 2000s, Corrina undertook a 900km walk along El Camino Del Santiago in Northern Spain, in search of inspiration for her first solo landscape exhibition. She invited director Dearbhla Glynn along to film her journey for a fly-on-the-wall style documentary. You can watch it in full here.