Mon 7 Feb to Fri 25 March 2011
Official opening: Saturday 19 February at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
Landscapes by one of Donegal's best known artists.
Exhibition open daily Mon to Fri 9.30am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays.
Johnny Boyle has been drawing and painting from a very early age. Growing up amidst the wild beauty of Donegal it is only natural that as an artist he was interested in painting the local landscape, which is so spectacular and where the light and mood is infinitely changing.
He attended Dun Laoghaire College of Art ‘71, ‘72,’73.
He left art college and returned to Glenties to help run the family hotel business. Although he continued to do some painting he did not exhibit until 1988 when he was invited by the Dublin watercolourist Brid Clarke to join her in a two man exhibition for the Patrick McGill Summer School in Glenties.
At that time, because of the lack of a proper studio, he worked mainly in watercolour. Now he works in oils, acrylic, paper collage as well as watercolour, ever searching for and experimenting with new ways to express his emotional response to the Donegal landscape.
It is the particular mood of any given time or place in this landscape that Johnny tries to convey in his work.
Johnny moved to a new studio in Mulnaminne, overlooking the Gweebarra Bay near Glenties four years ago.
Most of the paintings for this exhibition are done in watercolour and mixed media, the subject matter being almost exclusively the landscape of the immediate area around Glenties with a couple of small paintings of Tuscany which he visited in September.