Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Padraig Lynch Art Exhibition

At the launch of Noel Monahan's new book of poetry last Thursday I was very impressed by the exhibition by Ardee born artist Padraig Lynch which is on show at the Courthouse, Cavan until 27 May, 2010. A landscape of Padraig's is used for the cover of the volume of poetry, both entitled Curve of the Moon.

Padraig is a former primary school teacher who has a degree in the history of art and studied painting under the late George Collie RHA at his studio in Dublin, Ireland. The exhibition features landscapes and still lives in watercolours and oils. More information on the artist here.

I was particularly taken by a short series of still lives each of which featured a book as the centrepiece. The books included, Yeats Selected Poetry, Three Plays by Sean O'Casey and a volume of Perch French's work. This latter entitle Come Back Paddy Reilly (picture above) was the largest of these including an envelope addressed to Paddy Reilly, Ballyjamesduff and a small corner of a painting by Percy French.

I also liked a pair of still lives which had spring flowers on a table on which a mobile phone also lay. First time I've seen a mobile in a painting.

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