Orwin and Sebana- An Art Book
This unique artbook created by artist Kim Gaffney marries a 17th Century legend, a 19th century poem and 21st century art to awaken the story of Orwin and Sebana, Cavan and Meath’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
This art book includes a foreword by the acclaimed writer and speaker Michael Harding, an authors introduction into the process and journey this quest has taken her on, and extracts of Phil O’Connell’s poem alongside the artists paintings. It is a book to enjoy and to ponder, to stop and reflect, and be transported back to the time and the legend of Orwin and Sebana.
Kim Gaffney began research in January 2023 to unearth and awaken the legend of Orwin and Sebana based on Lough Sheelin, in the 1600’s near where the artist grew up. Kim created paintings influenced by their story and the places associated with it. She also used a beautiful poem written by local poet Phil O Connell as inspiration for her paintings.
The 60 page book is a piece of art in itself with a selection of 20 artworks by the artist. It comes as a deluxe first edition, thread sewn with a wibalin case and printed dust cover.
“I’m delighted that a love story from ancient times has been recovered, and celebrated in this book, I hope the book brings you the reader, great pleasure, and opens windows of wonder for you, and reminds you of the mythic power of love that is enfolded in the rippling waters of that loveliest of lakes – Lough Sheelin. “ Michael Harding
Seller BioSold by: Kim Gaffney
Kim Gaffney’s love of art began in childhood where she was constantly drawing and creating. She studied art for her Leaving Certificate and then went on to a different path and became an Occupation Therapist. Kim took up art again in 2017 when her youngest child was born. She took art classes with the well known Meath Artist Henry McGrane and never looked back. In 2022 she set up Kim Gaffney Art and developed her own website. She sells original art, limited edition prints and textiles online.
Kim had her first solo Art Exhibition, ‘Bringing Nature In’, in Oldcastle Library, Co Meath in November 2021.
In 2022 she was selected by the Cavan Arts Office to have an exhibition in The Cavan County Museum, entitled ‘The Four Seasons’.
She was awarded the Townhall scholarship in 2023 by The Cavan Arts office in conjunction with The Townhall in Co Cavan. Her 3 month residency was the beginning of her work and research into the Orwin and Sebana legend which turned into an art book and an entire collection of original paintings and prints.
Kim currently has an exhibition of Orwin and Sebana- the awakening of a legend in the Ramor Theatre Virginia which runs until Dec 15th 2023
Kim’s artwork has appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines. She has spoken about her artistic journey on local radio stations. In 2022 Kim appeared as a wildcard on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year. RTE’s Nationwide have featured the artist and her work on Orwin and Sebana.
Kim lives in the countryside in Co Cavan with her husband, young family and Bernese Mountain Dog, George. She work’s with oils and her work is very much inspired by country living. She enjoys painting nature and wildlife as well as landscapes and lakes.
Instagram and Facebook accounts @kimgaffneyart
Website platforms: www.kimgaffneyart.com
Image by @gemcarewphotography