Until recently, Celtic art was nearly a lost art, a cultural remnant of Bronze Age warriors and early medieval monks. Today, due to the resurgence of all things Celtic, there are artists on both sides of the Atlantic who have mastered the elements of this ancient art form and are using these elements to express contemporary ideas, while retaining the essence of the style. The touring exhibition American Celtic highlights some of the foremost illuminators of 21st century Celtic art.
With their uniquely American perspective, artists Cindy Matyi, Steve O’Loughlin, Jen Delyth, Patrick Gallagher and Michael Carroll employ their Celtic art skills to convey the realities and conundrums of modern life. Their incorporation of traditional Celtic spirals, knotwork and patterns rich with symbolism creates visual storytelling unlike any you may have seen before. From 2000 to 2007, US viewers had the opportunity to see first hand these new creations. In 2010, American Celtic returned for its tenth anniversary tour; joining the original five members were fellow US Celtic artists Alec MacCrea, Ed Rooney, and Lisa Laughy.
Since the turn of the 21st century, the AMERICAN CELTIC group has sought to promote both practice of the ancient art and public awareness of its vital role in modern society. The artists of American Celtic invite you to join them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCelticArt/
CYNTHIA MATYI (Cincinnati,OH)
Our dear friend and founder Cindy Matyi passed away in 2014. We the artists of American Celtic respectfully and lovingly dedicate our future work to her memory.