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Covid-19 work by local artist shows how to fill an empty nest

06 August 2020

New exhibition 'Strata' by Derry-based artist Sashka B Sheils will be among the first post Covid-19 art exhibitions in Northern Ireland when it opens on 10th August at the Alley Theatre in Strabane. 

It had originally been scheduled to open on March 23rd, the day lockdown began in the UK. 

An artist all her life, Sashka brings a compelling story about overcoming self-doubt and battling to make your passion a part of your life - no matter what your circumstances.

Taking up painting after her children were born, it was only once they had left home that her art became her vocation. 

Her story resonates with anyone who ever thought about 'what if'. 

Sashka's first art exhibition was held in Derry three years ago, and since then a number of her pieces have sold for thousands of pounds. These have gone to collectors locally, and to buyers as far away as Singapore.

The work in the exhibition draws on the influence of existential philosophers, including Albert Camus, and sets out to examine the courage needed to embrace life. 

Having been delayed due to coronavirus, pieces within the exhibition also reflect on the impact of the pandemic and lockdown.  

Sashka B Sheils' work is presented on large canvases and is distinctive for its masterful and often explosive use of colour. 

Sashka B Sheils said: "I can never truly know why someone purchases my work. 

"What I do know is that there seems to be a powerful quality in my art that stirs the desire to sit with a painting. 

"The person is not told what it is, what it means, or what it is meant to mean. 

"Instead the colours, the depth, and the layers may reflect back to the buyer something that resonates meaning to them in their lives".   

STRATA is exhibiting in the Alley Theatre Gallery until Friday 4th September, open Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm.  For more information contact the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com