A dreamlike new exhibition showcasing the contemporary artwork of Eileen Schaer has now opened at the House of Manannan in Peel.
Born in Liverpool in 1948, Eileen Schaer is acknowledged for her powerful and original poetic vision. At first glance, her paintings appear childlike, but it is precisely this quality of innocent spontaneity that her admirers’ and collectors enjoy so much.
Painting for almost five decades, Eileen Schaer met numerous poets, musicians and artists in 1960’s Liverpool, including her late husband, David Fletcher, who went on to attend the Royal College of Art. However it wasn’t until Eileen moved to London in 1970, joining David on his visits to galleries and exhibitions across the city that her desire to pick up her own paints, was sparked.
Entirely self-taught, Eileen Schaer’s paintings quickly began to attract attention, with her work being exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Shows, the Serpentine Gallery and Mall Galleries in London, amongst many others, including the Isle of Man, where Eileen and David had relocated in 1975.
Eileen’s work is inspired by everyday life and her love of nature, particularly the Isle of Man, with many of her paintings in the ‘Painted Dreams’ collection combining inspirations from the Island and her recent visits to India, particularly Udaipur and the Golden Triangle.
“The colours and shapes fix themselves in my mind and have since been interpreted in my paintings. People, birds, animals and trees often find themselves wound together in my paintings, appearing as being from an ongoing story that reveals mysterious dramas”.
To enter the world of Eileen’s ‘Painted Dreams’ visit the House of Manannan in Peel. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition will be on display until 19 November 2017 and entry to the exhibition is free. Selected works are available to purchase.