Crashing Waves at Furbo, Co Galway
Monday, August 3, 2015
'Galway Hookers' Oil on Canvas
Last year I joined a local art group in Kinvara, Co Galway. Several members of the group were friends from art college. I exhibited with the group in a number of great exhibitions last year. The group's summer exhibition for this year opened yesterday, August 2nd and will run for two weeks. The exhibition is a charity event and part of the proceeds each year go to the RNLI, an organisation to which we owe so much for the tremendous work they do in saving lives all around the coast of Ireland.
I've donated my painting 'Galway Hookers' for the event.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Oil on Canvas
Dunguaire Castle is a 16th century tower house located in Kinvara on the shores of Galway Bay. The castle was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan and passed into the hands of the Martyn’s of Galway in the early 17th century. Richard Martyn, Mayor of Galway lived here until 1642 and the Martyn’s of Tulira Castle, owned the castle until this century.
In 1924 Dunguaire was bought and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty, the famous surgeon and literary figure. This was the time of the great Celtic revival in Irish literature exemplified by the works of writers such as Synge, Yeats Shaw and O'Casey. It became the venue for meetings of the literary revivalists such as W.B. Yeats, his patron Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J.M. Synge. Yeats in particular believed strongly in the Celtic Bardic tradition and set about reviving the ancient oral customs incorporating them into his plays and poetry.