Our Fine Art Displays at Fortius Clinic
The art that you will see on a visit to our Fitzhardinge Street clinic is largely curated by Irish artist, and longstanding friend of Fortius, Michael McGuinness.
Michael describes the art collection as a ‘subliminal surprise’, an unusual luxury within a clinical setting, but one which plays a vital role in enriching time spent here, and enhancing the environment of our traditional 19th century building, for both patients and staff.
Michael has displayed part of his collection on our walls for the past three years, and this year we are delighted to welcome fellow Irish artist Clement McAleer. Clement’s paintings, predominantly landscape, focus on the shifting aspects of nature. The new works has introduced a flow of varied art mediums throughout the building and a fresh new feel to the collection.
Some of the paintings on display are available to buy, with the artist contributing a donation to the Fortius Trust, our charitable Foundation. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael McGuinness was born 1955 in Limavady, Northern Ireland. He attended the University of Ulster before pursuing his art career at the exclusive Slade School of fine art in London where he was taught by many prestigious artists. At the end of his studying career he remained in England where he is still based today, holding regular gallery exhibitions throughout the year. During the summers Michael frequently travels back to Ireland to paint the stunning countryside which has played a significant role in inspiring his work.
The majority of his art comprises extremely colourful landscape paintings however his extraordinary ability allows him to use various mediums depending on his surroundings and the seasons. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and we are honoured to have the opportunity to continue presenting his art on our walls.
Clement McAleer, born in Co. Tyrone Northern Ireland in 1949, studied at the Canterbury College of Art in Kent and at the Royal College of Art in London before graduating in Fine Art in 1975. In 1978 he moved to Liverpool, here he was a prize-winner in the John Moores Exhibition and worked in a studio at the Bluecoat Arts Centre for over twenty years. His return to Belfast came in 2003, it was here that he was later elected as an Associate of the Royal Ulster Academy in 2006 and a full member in 2009.
Clement’s artwork has been exhibited extensively around the world and gradually entered public and corporate collections, these included Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Ulster Museum (Belfast), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool), the Arts Councils of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the European Parliament (Brussels) and Allied Irish Banks.
Clement’s paintings, predominantly landscape, focus on the shifting aspects of nature. His travels in Europe were included in his inspiration for his new body of unique artwork, which comprised railway paintings where a stronger emphasis on structure came into his work.