Epoch - Bold, Colourful, Feminine

Epoch - Bold, Colourful, Feminine

Epoch are a female art collective looking to promote feminism and social equality through their work, contributing to Dublin visual culture with bold, striking, colourful contemporary art. Their vision is explained by Rachel Clarke below.


Back: Lauren, Claire, Robyn,  Front: Rachel, Sophia

Back: Lauren, Claire, Robyn,

Front: Rachel, Sophia

Epoch was formed to promote female made art in Dublin. Establishing a platform to voice our ideas and collaborate was our main goal in founding the collective. We feel it’s important to have a strong female group producing art work and contributing to Dublin visual culture, and the city itself.

In grouping together, we aim to create bold, striking, colourful contemporary art that is relevant to Dublin city and beyond. We want our art to be inclusive, accessible and where applicable have a strong emphasis on our core values: feminism and social equality.

Working in Studio

Working in Studio

Every member has a distinct artistic style and process. There is a mixture of abstract and figurative art being created by the group. Each Epoch member has their art practice, including printmaking, painting, illustration, and graphic design, however each member is versatile, and the group can move between mediums for specific exhibitions and projects. The collective is incredibly hardworking and constantly experimenting and producing to keep their work fresh and distinct. The group is dynamic in that we all come from different places, Ireland, France and USA so every one of us has their own cultural flair, art education and practices to bring to the table.

Our debut exhibition was last November, entitled Riso City, it ran for just over a month in Lucky’s on Meath Street. The prints were a response to the harrowing statistics of the housing crisis. We wanted the viewer to visually engage the viewer with the shocking reality of what was going on with housing in Dublin, and the rest of Ireland. The show was a roaring success, we had a great reaction from media and visitors to the exhibition. We sold over 100 prints and all proceeds (€1370) went to inner city helping homeless. Riso City will return again so keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Mural in Lucky’s by Epoch

Mural in Lucky’s by Epoch

Since then we have been working on commissioned mural art for clients such as Lucky’s bar, and TodayFM - with a few more projects in the works for this summer, and the autumn - all to be revealed soon.

The Artists

Rachel Clarke

Rachel is an emerging Irish Contemporary Artist from Meath. Her work traverses both abstracted & figurative works. She utilises a variety of mediums from acrylic paint to digital media, her work often depicts abstracted figures, pastel hues and skewed brushwork.

Robyn Carey

Robyn is an artist and printmaker from Dublin. Her art takes the form of silk screen prints, risographs, and acrylic paintings. Her colourful abstract work is a visual exploration of order and chaos, and the balance between the two that is necessary for existence. She draws inspiration for this contrasting aesthetic from the Irish landscape, the process of mark marking, and her own mental health.

Lauren Smyth

Lauren is a Graphic Designer & Illustrator from Boston, Massachusetts who currently lives in Dublin. Her work focuses mainly on femininity and the female form. Lauren’s goal has always been to convey images of free spirited, strong women without any prejudice.

Claire Prouvost

Claire Prouvost is a French illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work is based on portraits and figures of charismatic women, where a bold bright colour palette and a minimalist style is used to create a playful combination. She has worked and collaborated with a variety of clients worldwide.

Sophia Vigne

Sophia is a multidisciplinary artist from Co. Wicklow. Her work explores the fluidity of human interactions and connections with nature and beyond. These elements are often expressed via a stream of consciousness; painted and drawn on a flat surface. Using vivid, sometimes garish colours and expressive marks she creates microcosms of her surrounding environment.

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