The Purcell Gallery is situated in the heritage town of Kenmare, in an area of enchanting beauty bridging the Iveragh and Beara peninsulas. Artists have been drawn to live and work in this area for decades, a variety of whom exhibit at the gallery.
During her early painting career Mary Breach she was successful in The Royal Hibernian Academy, The Oireachtas and three solo shows in Dublin. She then had a five year block during which she filled the time with study and lots of travel. Soon after moving to Sneem, Co. Kerry (in 1997) Mary’s painting returned along with poetry.
Walking on the beach- 30cmx 50cm Oil on Board
Eoin Cassidy is an artist based in Cork, his abstract landscapes are painted in acrylic
AT THE LAKE EDGE, 15CM X 15CM, €85 (UNFRAMED)
John Desmond is a renowned chef and restaurateur from Heir Island in West Cork. He started painting at 50 and studied art on Sherkin Island. John is a minimalist at heart
Island Cottage, 40 x 65cm, €350
Road to the Island, acrylic on paper €350
Joe Flannery is a Dingle based artist who studied and worked in architecture in London, on his return to Ireland his interest in painting was reignited. Much of his work reflects his attachment to the sea
Mackeral, 39cm x 39cm, €750
Blasket Mor, 79cmx 29cm €950
Skellig, 20cm x 20cm, €650
Tim Goulding was born in Dublin in 1945 and has lived and worked near Allihies on the Beara peninsula in West Cork since 1969. Tim’s paintings were inspired by landscape, nature, rocky coastlines and sea as well as bog fires and the elements. For years Tim worked in series, often spending three or four years on one subject. These collections can be radically different in both style and content but always stay true to a response to what appears in his life both visually and emotionally. His work has been exhibited in Ireland, England and the United States as part of solo and group exhibitions.
COULAGH FIRES, €320, (ARCHIVAL PRINT)
Con Kelleher , a photographer based in Macroom, Co Cork uses his keen eye to capture a landscape in his semi-abstract images, he is also a well known photographer of musicans
Cladagh Interior, photograph
Ludmilla Korol was born in 1965 in the Ukraine and graduated from Kiev Academy of Fine Art in 1989. She lived and worked as an artist in Prague before coming to live in Ireland in 1996. She uses a variety of media in her work- creating paintings that aim to reflect the ever changing landscape of human emotion.
Cactus Girl, 70cm x 70cm, €1850
Born in Mallow, Co. Cork in 1940, Michael McCarthy moved to Northern Ireland as a child with his family and later to England where he attended Newark College of Art. Internationally inspired, he spent many years living in Australia where he met, travelled and worked with Australian artist Leonard Long. He became (in 1992) artist in residence with the U.S Forest Service for which he spent a year in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He returned to Ireland in 1997 where he now lives. His sweeps of mountain, river and trees give fitting tribute to the landscape of Co. Kerry where he has painted many scenes from mirrored lakes to grazing cattle and tumbling rivers. He has had more than 40 major exhibitions and is found in private and public collections worldwide.
Morning Light, Cromane 50cm x 25cm, Oil on Board €700
FISHING BOATS, 50CM X 25CM, €850
ABOVE LADIES VIEW, 40CM 24CM, €650
River Path, Kenmare, 35cm x 25cm, €675
Sunlit Day, Kenmare, 65cm x 45cm, €1850
The Bridge, Kenmare, 60cm x 30cm, €1200
Sunlight Harbour, 24cm x 14cm, €375
JAUNTING CAR NEAR TORC, 30CMX20CM, €495
In the Summer Haze, 48cm x38cm, €1295
Born in Kent, England, John Lawrence first made a name for himself in the 1960s when he was commissioned by Wilkinson Sword to produce a set of engravings for ceremonial swords for images used to advertise their razor blades. In the 1980s and 90s Lawrence completed work for some major advertisers and institutions including illustrating the original Big Ben logo that appeared on HP Sauce. In 1993 Lawrence decided to make changes to his life and concentrate more on his oil painting. He now paints full time and his work features in international collections.
Henry Street, 39cm x 39cm, €1295
The Square, Kenmare, 30cm x 30cm, €795
Red Roof, Ballycrovane, 29cm x 29cm, €795
A mostly self-taught artist John Morris was born in Dublin in 1958 and has been painting since the 1990’s. He describes his paintings as being ‘‘about light and the effects of light on objects such as figures, water, landscape;they are about minute colour changes’’ He aims not to record but to evoke ‘‘evoke just a moment’’
Windbreakers, 32 x 32cm, €600
Niall Naessens is a well known printmaker now living in the Dingle area
AN TIR, 16CM X 16CM, €250 (ETCHING)
Mary Neville lives in Brandon, West Kerry. Born in Ireland, she graduated fron the National Collage of Art and Design in 1988. She travelled in Asia fron 1995 to 2000 and lived and worked in Taiwan. Her paintings are a celebration of colour and her current work echoes the colour and moods of the landscape that surround her
THE ANGELUS, 36CM X 36CM, €950
Irish artist Hilary Nunan studied fine art at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and has since exhibited internationally. Living on the Irish coast and often heavily influenced by nature, her work involves the use of mixed materials combining natural fibres and acrylic colour to create texture and depth and reflect “a rich tapestry of seaside delights” from fields, skies and grasses to fields and seas.
POD SERIES, 80CM X 80CM, €800
POD SERIES 58CM X 16CM, €175
POD SERIES 58CM X 16CM, €175
Michael O’Muirthile is a national prize-winning artist whose forte includes equine art, landscape and portraiture. He is greatly influenced by his local place and by the immense pool of inspirational detail to be discovered throughout Ireland
He currently lives and works in the beautiful Lee Valley near Macroom. Co Cork
Road to Coolea, 20cm x 15cm, €395
Gearoid o’Shea is a native of Kenmare. His landscapes ar wonderful interpretations of the local countryside, in particular he captures the weather and atmosphere of Beara. Gearoid for many years ran the Iverni Gallery in Kenmare and introduced many local artists to the visiting public
FROM ARDGROOM, 23CM X 17CM, €500
Rosemary Purcell lives in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, from where she draws on the rich palette of colour found in all seasons for atmospheric landscapes and mountainscapes.
Road to the Shore, 39cm x 39cm, €650
Gorse Road, 39cm x 39cm, €650
The Maigue, 39cm x 39cm, €650
Winter Road, 39cm x 39cm, €650
WAVE, 20CM X 15CM, €85 (UNFRAMED)
Danny is a self-taught artist living and working in Bantry, West Cork where he is also the popular postman and subject of a recent RTE NATIONWIDE feature. He travels on his motorbike (with easel in tow) around the country to paint but always returns to the people and landscapes of West Cork to paint scenes which have led to some of his most sought after work. He is driven to capture the play of light that the Irish landscape offers and also to capture Irish culture through his depiction of West Cork characters
Danny explores a wide range of colours and techniques. H describes the magic of transforming blank white canvases into colourful semi-abstract paintings as exciting every time
Joop Smits (1938-2014) was born in Eindhoven, Holland and graduated from the Eindhoven Academy in 1961. In 1992 he moved to Ireland where he built a studio and completed, among his other works, many beautiful paintings inspired by the Irish landscape. In 2008 he took the decision to move permanently to Mallorca where he had established a studio a few years previously. His paintings encompass a broad range from intriguing and elaborate fantasy landscapes to deeply atmospheric representations of coastal and mountain scenes and light and beautiful still lifes.
COWS IN THE FIELD, 30CM X 30CM, €700
SPANISH LANDSCAPE, 60CM X 50CM, €2,500
CHANGING PASTURE, 90CM X 70CM, €5,500
ABSTRACT 01, 30CM X 30CM, €850
WINTER LANDSCAPE 3, 60CM X 50CM, €3600
FORNALUTX MALLORCA, 60CM X50CM, €2500
WINTER LANDSCAPE 01, 24CM X 18CM, €500
MAGIC FANTASY 1, 40CM X 40CM, €1,600
THE HEARTH THAT WARMS, 30CM X 24CM, €795
A self-taught painter, Dana is originally from Dublin, where she studied History of Art at Trinity College. She now lives in South Kerry where the local landscapes often provide inspiration for her work. Her paintings are a gallery of the light and colours of the outdoors softly delivering natural detail from rocky lakes and sandy seascapes to closer studies of trees, ferns and flowers.
Ladies View, 70cm x 55cm, €950
Trees in Springtime, 40cm x 45cm, €450
Kerry Hills, 14cm x 14cm, €185
Coomakhista, 50cm x 45cm, €400
an award winning illustrator and renowned contemporary artist, Gary Benfield was born in England and now lives in Kerry on the Iveragh peninsula. His subjects vary from human figures and scenes to horses, hares and foxes which while tinged with mystery, also appear particularly present , often caught in movement and redolent with atmosphere
As well as original works, a selection of limited edition prints are available i the gallery .