Irish Art: Questions and Answers with Artist Martina Furlong


Contemporary Irish Abstract and Landscape Artist Martina Furlong

In 2013, having spent 16 years in London, Martina moved back to Ireland with her Derry born partner and newborn daughter. In 2015 they moved to Martina’s home county of Wexford. And it’s here in the countryside you’ll find Martina, her family, and her art studio.

The Life of Stuff Irish Art - Questions and Answers with Artist Martina Furlong - Internal World 3 - mixed media on paper (H30xW30cm) by Martina Furlong
Internal World 3 – mixed media on paper

If you ask Martina to describe her art she’ll tell you that ‘she paints textured abstracts and landscapes in oil, acrylic and mixed media.’ And when you see it, you’ll appreciate ‘her love of colour, shape, line and movement’.

We all have a voice inside us that wants to be unlocked.’

Marina Furlong

For Martina, painting is a way to unlock that voice and ‘share the beautiful strangeness that comes from her internal world.’ She describes her method of painting as painting ‘from the inside out.’

The Life of Stuff Irish Art - Questions and Answers with Artist Martina Furlong - All The Fragments Assembled (Internal World 18) - oil on canvas (H30xW30cm) by Martina Furlong
All The Fragments Assembled (Internal World 18) – oil on canvas

And when Martina isn’t painting, often until three in the morning, you’ll find her spending time with her family. She loves listening to music, reading, walking and meditating. ‘I had an interest in meditation for many years. But decided to dedicate more time to it last year. And just recently I completed a year long course in Embodied Mindfulness. Anything I do outside of painting does eventually end up weaving it’s way into my work in some way.’

The Life of Stuff Irish Art - Questions and Answers with Artist Martina Furlong - Internal World 7 - oil on canvas (H60xW50cm) £600 by Martina Furlong
Internal World 7 – oil on canvas

Martina also has a range of mixed media constructions, limited edition prints and hand painted jewellery. All her work can be viewed on her website martinafurlong.com. You can also connect with Martina on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

But for now, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to feature Martina in our Irish Artist Series. We adore her work her at The Life of Stuff HQ.

Irish Art - Questions and Answers with Artist Martina Furlong - Portrait

Q&A’s with Irish Artist Martina Furlong

1. What was your inspiration to become an Artist?

As far back as I can remember I had a desire to draw and paint even though I knew nothing about art. I enjoyed it far more than any other childhood activity and always felt that art was the only thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life.