Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Paola Iacovone 

BA [Hons] Art

Paola is an oil painter based in Co. Wicklow. Her work is deeply influenced by the genre of 'Magical Realism', blending the ordinary with the extraordinary to create alternate existences that are whimsical and captivating, where colourful flowers and animals take center stage. She has exhibited in IADT's Place Project (IMMA), Gorey School of Art in Co. Wexford, The Presentation Arts Center in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford, Berkeley Gallery at Grennan Mill, Thomastown Co Kilkenny, Unravelling an Icon, St Brigid 1500/2024 with Sult Artists in Kildare, The Starving Artist Studios online, Pallas Projects, Arklow Library in Co Wicklow, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow.

Project Description

My final project is an evocative blend of natural elements with narrative portraits. I painted five large canvases with two small round ones. Three of them are portraits surrounded with flowers and creatures.

Thesis Title

My thesis is titled 'Flower Painting: A Timeless Expression of Beauty and Emotion, a study on the various floral art forms throughout history until the present'. I wanted my research to be tightly linked to my practice so I wrote about florals and their development into a well respected genre on its own.