Everyone’s work is deeply idiosyncratic: in our regular Spotlight segment we explore artists’ experiences and inspiration to understand what defines and inspires their unique styles. We were delighted to recently feature the work of Sahoko Blake in a demonstration video for the Zen Brush app and delighted that she took some time to answer our questions.
I am Japanese and I studied art literature & fine art. I moved to Ireland in 1996 and since then I have exhibited extensively here and abroad, including three solo shows and in the RHA Annual exhibitions in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2013. I was an invited artist to the RHA studio residency 2010.
I have worked as a tutor on advanced drawing courses in the National gallery of Ireland since 2007 in addition to delivering Life Drawing classes in the Alexandra College, Sallynoggin College, and Royal Hibernian Academy.
I have also worked with a documentary film company that specialises in underwater films.
I love living by the sea
I only really work with non-digital media, however I think that the most important skills are being able to make quick observations
Schoolhouse for Art’ is in essence a facility for the study and exploration of arts and crafts. Located in ‘the old schoolhouse’ in the heart of Enniskerry village it is an exhibition space and a meeting place where images and ideas mingle. It caters for all ages and all abilities.
The former school playground is a natural arena facing the clock tower, a three-dimensional canvas to display an evolving gallery of large pieces of sculpture. ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ is also a host to visiting artists from across the globe who want to paint the surrounding inspiring countryside and experience the unparalleled Irish hospitality.
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