Easter 1916 is an exhibition of paintings by Paul Galligan. Last September the artist responded to a call by the 1916 Cavan Commemoration Committee for communities and artists to remember this period in Irish history and reflect on it. Paul completed 21 paintings in response. The exhibition will continue at Johnston Central Library Events Space until 31 May.
The work is in three parts. The portraits of the signatories, the portraits of Cavan connections to 1916 and scenes from the period as imagined by the artist and captured directly from photography of the period. The artist discussing the work said, “I found it a challenge to paint these people who I had heard so much about. I thought I knew them. They are all dead and I read extensively on them and the period and studied what images I could of them. I found it dark reading.” Tom Sullivan, chair of the 1916 Commemoration Committee in Cavan requested a number of portraits of the Cavan personalities who have emerged from the period. These painting include: Frances Sheehy Sheffington, the Bailieborough born pacifist, Agnes O Farrelly, Peter Paul Galligan, John Kevin O Reilly and Arthur Griffith.
The exhibition was very well received at the opening on Thursday 21 April and there has been a tremendous response from the public and young people in particular who want to see this work. “There is no greater work of art than a great portrait,” according to the writer Henry James . I want to echo these words when we consider the work of Paul Galligan.” Catriona O Reilly, arts officer said as part of her introduction to Easter 1916 by Paul Galligan.
Easter 1916 is currently on show at Johnston Central Library until 31 May.
The exhibition will travel to Bailieborough Library from 9 June to 30 June and to Cootehill Library in July 2016.
Opening times check www.cavanlibrary.ie 049 4378500. For further details on the artists check out https://www.facebook.com/paul.galliganart
Mary Sullivan Manager of Geneology Cavan, Denis Coderre Mayor of Montreal and Concepta Mc Govern Geneology Researcher visit exhibition on Saturday 30 April 2016.