Bull Calf On Slate

Fine Art Calf Slate Painting

This study of a county Waterford bull calf is painted on slate. 


The slates are from our cowshed and have become dislodged over many years – (the sheds date back to the 1800’s).


Each slate is unique. It has its own weather beaten story, irregularities and imperfect perimeter.


I love their uniqueness. Working on the slate’s tough and slightly uneven surface is an interesting process.


Applying the oil paint creates surprising effects that are very different from the canvas surface experience. These slates from the 1800’s  are also strong enough to endure my vigorous and energetic application of paint.


And maybe re-using slates in this manner could be regarded as ‘Sustainable Art’!


33cm x 35cm (45cm x 48cm approx when framed)

Delivery charges will added at checkout, and are calculated according to shipping address. Large prints (A0, A1, A2) are shipped rolled in strong-walled postal tubes. Small prints (A3, A4) are shipped strong cardboard flat envelopes. Originals are carefully boxed & packaged. A tracking number is emailed to the customer at time of posting. Further information about Delivery can be found on the FAQs page.

Una’s slate paintings are created on a roof slate from a barn on her farm, dating back to the 1800’s.

  • Paintings on Slate

Paintings on slate will come attached to a white backboard and then framed in the colour of the customer’s choice.

Please allow 2 weeks for the framing process. The framed slate will then be safely packed for delivery/shipping.

The story behind...

Bull Calf On Slate

This study is predominately about the bull calf’s stance, gaze and how he holds his bulk. 

He stares directly at the viewer.

We imagine meeting him across a hedge or fence in the Irish countryside. 

Many colours have been mixed on the palette to represent his ‘copper’ markings – saffron, crimsons and even blues are in there! 

I trust that this bovine character would be a talking point and colourful addition to any wall-space!

Signed By Una O'Grady