Irish artist Donal Murray will unveil his latest collection of paintings entitled ‘Chasing Lighthouses’ at the National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin on Friday, August 21st, 2015.
Inspired by the famous French impressionist painters of the 19th Century, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir, Murray travelled the coastline of Ireland with just his easel and paint brush to capture the windswept beauty of Ireland’s lighthouses on canvas.
This unique collection, which comprises 30 stunning paintings of Irish lighthouses, took Murray two years to complete. The journey took him from the sublime northern coastline down to the rugged copper coast of southern Ireland, along the wild, weather-beaten cliffs of the west of Ireland, and the forlorn and precarious coastline of the east coast of Ireland.
Murray began his epic journey in the summer of 2013 when he began seeking out lighthouse locations, starting at Fanad Head in Donegal, and continuing every month travelling to isolated lighthouses throughout the country.
Murray says: “When painting the different lighthouses on location, one feels that all the senses are engaged in the process. Sight, smell, sound, and touch are simultaneously involved. You feel the breeze, you can focus on subtle changes of light as the clouds move in and out of the scene. The painting becomes a personal response to the subject at hand. You are fully experiencing a three-dimensional awareness, which engages human emotion.”
About the artist:
Donal Murray is an Irish artist who has had four major solo exhibitions in his native Dublin, and has exhibited internationally. Alongside his easel paintings he has produced large-scale murals paintings in the United States and Ireland. He completed a two-year Masters Degree at the prestigious New York Academy of Figurative Art.
About the exhibition
The exhibition entitled ‘Chasing Lighthouses’ goes on display at the National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, from Friday, August 21st – with a special launch reception at 7.15pm – to Monday, August 31st.
To hear more about the exhibition contact mobile on 087 4113618 and visit website www.donalmurrayart.com