Aine Divine graduated in 1991 from the Crawford Colege of Art and Design and in 1995 gained a Higher Diploma in art teaching.
Aine was an award winner for the Irish National Portrait Award in 1993. In 2005 she panted Mo Mowlam for BBC 1’s ‘Star Portraits’ and Mo chose to keep Aine’s painting. In 2007 Aine painted Olympic triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards and her commissioned portraits include footballers for the Hibernian Historical Society and winners of the British Open Golf Championship. She was a finalist in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year award 2014, painting singer Neil Hannon in the first round, then a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Sally Hitchner in the semi-final, RSC voice coach Cicely Berry, and Sir Ian McKellen in the final.
One of Aine’s self portraits was selected for exhibition in the Royal Watercolour Society’s annual contemporary art show at the Bankside Gallery in London in 2014 and won the Heatherleys Studio Award. She won Winsor and Newton awards for her portrait of Matthew in the same show in 2013, and for ‘Carolina in Gold’ in 2015. She also exhibits widely in Scotland and won the watermark award at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour summer show last year for one of her many portraits of singer Lake Montgomery.
Although Aine is essentially a portraitist she does also paint flowers and landscapes and it is the latter that we have on display.