The Western Way – Patsy Farrell’s Connemara Art
Galway artist Patsy Farrell is holding a two-week solo exhibition in The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Fredrick Street, Dublin 2 from Thursday March 7th 2013.
“The Western Way – Reflections of a Connemara Life” is a collection of 26 large watercolour and pastels by the artist Patsy Farrell, who was born and reared in Galway. Patsy’s inspiration stems from his Connemara surrounds, the Western landscape of mountains, rivers, and lakes.
Connemara's fascination for artists through the centuries is rooted in one thing: its ever-changing light. Patsy describes how his surroundings have inspired the colours and Western ambience – evident in this stunning collection of landscapes and reflections of Connemara life:
“The sunshine and the clouds are always struggling with each other in Connemara. It's incredible how the play of the light affects the mountains and the land, how reflections in lakes appear and disappear, how bursts of sunshine bring out colours you never would have thought to be there. Stand in one place for an hour and you will see a dozen different scenes”.
The guest speaker, Shay Cody, General Secretary of IMPACT Trade Union will be officially opening the exhibition. Cody says:
“this exhibition demonstrates the essence of Connemara, and the kaleidoscope of natural changes from sunrise to sunset. Patsy Farrell is dedicated to capturing the moments of precious sunlight and fickle climate”.
For this exhibition, Patsy has been out in every kind of condition imaginable, persuading local farmers to let him climb walls and cross ditches to find the perfect composition, and occasionally escaping from those he couldn't persuade.
Patsy also photographs and works in stained glass, pottery, wood carving and metal sculpture, and enjoys the process of creating something beautiful from scrap material. He and his brother Gabriel have collaborated on The Poitín Maker sculpture also featured in The Western Way exhibition.
A key feature of Farrell’s paintings is their glowing highlights and saturated pastel colours, which can be seen in this solo exhibition in the Doorway Gallery.
Patsy's paintings can be found in both national and international collections, among them the collection of the President of Ireland, and many other private collections.
Exhibition details: Exhibition details and gallery of pieces at www.patsyfarrell.com
Gallery details at www.thedoorwaygallery.com
Opening reception: Thursday March 7, 2013. 6:00 - 8:00PM
Exhibition runs: From March 7, 2013 – March 21st, 2013
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30 – 6PM. Thursdays till 7:30PM. Sundays 2:00PM- 5:00PM (excluding Bank Holidays).