about the art
As a Biological Science technician in the Zoology Department UCC, the aquatic environment has greatly influenced Buttimer’s work to date. The processes involved in biology are quite similar to those of an artist working in the natural world: Gathering of materials followed by the organisation, investigation and in depth research of same.
Coastal and riverscapes provide the sources for scientific research and are essential to the integrity of her work. Inspired by the sense of freedom and reignition of childhood memory that the West Cork coastlines provides, her painting captures the relentless energy of flowing water, how living things move and breath within it, the myriad of wonderful colours visible underwater all hold a particular fascination for her. Her more recent work introduces some organic structures, both animal and plant life, concentrating on microscopic imagery to better inform the fluid and solid passages in her pieces.
Buttimer uses a range of mediums, including acrylic paint, inks, sand, tissue, textured wallpaper, textiles. Marks using dried seaweed and grasses are all incorporated into the finished piece.
about the artist
A West Cork native, Nora Buttimer has always had a great interest in art from childhood. While working at UCC she took many hobby courses and attended summer schools both here and abroad, most notably to The St Ives School of Painting. She also worked with Ms Jean Parry Williams (animal artist) in Gloucestershire UK. Biological science has many visual aspects including animal illustration, colour changes in chemical reactions, and the observation of animal and plant life under a microscope. Prior to more formally studying Fine Art, Buttimer has had biological illustrations published in scientific papers and also received awards for Logo Design.
Taking a career break in 2001 to pursue a course in Art Craft and Design at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa in Cork, she greatly expanded her knowledge of the many different art forms. This initiated her decision to follow the path of Fine Art, later graduating from the Crawford College of Art with a degree in Painting in June 2010
Selected Members Show -Sample Studios, Cork (IRE) – Group show
Cahoots I - A4 Sounds, Dublin, Ireland - joint show
Sample-Studios Art Fair - The Roundy House, Cork, Ireland - Group show
Art Exhibition in aid of Anita’s Orphanage, Cambodia - Hencheys, Cork, Ireland - Group show
The Art of Surprise - 2020 Gallery, Cork, Ireland
The Art of Surprise - 9 artists 9 weeks, 2020 Gallery, Cork, Ireland