Newgrange Spirals (2000) by Alice McMahon

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SOLD! Old work. Pastel on Canson Moonstone pastel paper, 22 × 22.″ From a reference book photo of the triple spiral stone at Newgrange, Ireland. I hope to someday visit the place!

The triple spirals are a symbol for Brigid, the Celtic triple goddess.


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I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    lovely work,,,,,,

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralover 4 years ago

    I have always wanted this as a tattoo. This is beautiful Alice!

  • One of my friends was just showing me a photo of her wedding cake, with the Newgrange spirals design incorporated. I wanted to show this to her and noticed I hadn’t posted it here yet. It’s a pretty smal file & all I have left of the work. A tattoo, eh? I’m considering a black butterfly myself. ;)

    – Alice McMahon

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyover 4 years ago

    Please feel free to submit this image (or any other Celtic design works you may have) to 21st Century Celts


  • Will do so Lynnette – thanks so much!

    – Alice McMahon

  • margotmythmaker
    margotmythmakerover 4 years ago

    Alice-this is beautiful…and congrats on selling your original!! I have been to Newgrange ad it was one of the most profound experiences I have had in traveling. The passage and chamber inside is illuminated at the winter solstice sunrise. When I visited they illuminated the chamber with light to simulate the sunrise-it was amazing! Quite a structure in design.

  • Jealous Margot. I had hoped to visit it last trip, as we were in Dublin and there are daytrips out to Newgrange. We only had a couple of days there though and ended up just hopping all the historic literary pubs – LOL. Next time for sure! I did visit Clonmacnoise about 10 years ago – and that was deeply moving to me. I really feel my roots in Ireland, especially at the ancient sites.

    The owner of the drawing is into Celtic Spirituality and had been to Newgrange – it’s in good hands. Thanks for the kind words.

    – Alice McMahon

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    many thanks

  • Thanks for directing me to your group Martina! The Celts are near to my heart.

    – Alice McMahon

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    hi there
    please consider entering this or one of your fine images to our current challenge Celtic Art

  • Maria Murphy
    Maria Murphyover 4 years ago


  • jodz75
    jodz75over 4 years ago

    I will be seeing this place for myself in August…cant wait!

  • Lynne Kells (earthangel)
    Lynne Kells (e...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, great dimension

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