Lupita's mother Myrtle, felt she would be gifted and should have a name to suit. She picked the Spanish/Mexican name – Lupita. She was either singing in a delightful soprano voice or she was sketching and painting. When the time came, a decision had to be made- Lupita either had to go to London to develop her voice or to Dublin to the College of Art. She opted for the College of Art. However, once she qualified, she studied singing under a retired operatic soprano Winifred O’Dea and subsequently her singing ranged from Oratorio to Light Opera. But art still prevailed.
Lupita qualified from the College Of Art and Design, Dublin with Honour's qualification in education. She subsequently pursued a teaching career where she became Head of the Art Department in her school in Waterford for many years. A keen interest in music and theatre led to commissions for set design and their execution for amateur and professional stage productions. She also worked to commission. However, Lupita always had the desire to paint her own work and so she left teaching in December 2011.
She works from her own studio in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford but is also a member of the Live Art group Tramore. They meet twice weekly where they paint the live figure and other disciplines. She is a member of the South East Plein Air group and has taken part in their paint out competitions which are organised every summer. These attract artists from all over the world.
Lupita has achieved a lot since 2011 and continues to further refine her work. She has exhibited in Cork Opera House, The Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore on many occasions. She has also taken part in Art on the Railings in the Viking Triangle, Waterford and she has exhibited in Waterford’s Imagine Festivals over the last number of years. In 2016 she exhibited her work at Garter Lane, Waterford for which she received very high praise. She also exhibited in Wexford as part of the South East Plein Air exhibitions. In 2017 she exhibited at The Old Market House, Art Centre, Dungarvan. She can also boast sales to London and the USA.
This is your opportunity to view a selection of Lupita’s work at the Grainstore Ballymaloe and she hopes that you take as much pleasure in viewing it as she did in bringing it to you.
How Lupita Approaches her work:
To capture line, shape and colour has long been the quest of Fine Artist Lupita De Bhail. Then to take that line and develop it into shape and form and to give that form colour which is meaningful has been her endeavour. She uses acrylics and pastels to capture the elusive nuances of light and shade as a way of defining these forms in her still lives, landscapes and figure paintings. All of the above mentioned elements are used to create balance which is crucial to the overall composition of her work. This balance is created by using these elements in harmony so that a strong rhythm permeates throughout.