(in alphabetical order)
Deena Kilroy Prenty
Head in the Hedgerow
Our exhibition for August/September showcased the work of Hugh Barr. He currently resides in Granlahan, Ballinlough. Hugh grew up in Belfast during the '70’s with an exceptional talent for art. His enquiring mind sent him on an unusual travel plan around the world. He gained an insight into cultural diversity through his travels from India to Europe to Greece, Turkey and many of the middle Eastern Countries long before war ravaged them.
For a short period, he lived in Greece where he painted fishing boats and seascapes for the local tourist shops. Moving to England his life took on a serious nature, illustrating architectural features for Telford Development Corporates. But not without a few creative exhibitions depicting blues musicians.
When the pull to Ireland became strong he fed his creativity in a series of paintings and pastels of cottage life and local landscapes in and around Portaferry. He then he found himself painting murals for nightclubs in Dublin. At a time when he was getting ready to exhibit at the Guinness Hop Store an accident put a damper on his creativity, but only temporarily. His design expertise was put to good use in designing trade and exhibition stands and show rooms.
Hugh Barr is a humble man who followed his rural instincts and love of nature when he bought a property that he could lovingly restore with his own bare hands. This series of paintings depict his observance and magnification of the fauna and flora along his daily walks. A series in oil pastels that have been his inspiration since 2012.
The exhibition was launched on the 15th August 2020 and ran till the end of September 2020. Thank you to Hugh Barr for his amazing talent, and allowing us to showcase his work.
There are footprints in the road. You can’t always see them, it has to have been raining and the sun needs to be drying the uneven surface. Then you can see them. It’s a single lane, tarmac road with grass growing in the centre. There are few places where cars can pass. This is not a problem as on a busy day five cars and a few tractors travel its length. I walk it with my dogs every day. The works on show are images of the plants and flowers which grow in the hedgerows: