TRASNA na dTonnta, meaning 'across the waves' is the title of a new exhibition of paintings by eight ToryIsland painters and North County Dublin based artist Maura O'Rourke.
The exhibition will take place in Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan during the month of September. The renowned artist, author and playwright Don Conroy will officially open the show on Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. Patsy Dan Rodgers the king of Tory, Antoin Meehan, Ruairi Rodgers, Michael Finbar Rodgers, Noreen Meehan, Christina Rodgers, Majell Culle and Daniel Culle are the island painters taking part. The artists were invited by gallery director Helen Bowers to participate in this collective exhibition.
Tory is synonymous with a school of painters known as primitives who owe their origins to the late Derek Hill, an English landscape and portrait painter. Many followed the naïve style, i.e. primitive or unschooled. James Dixon was one of the founder members of the painting group and best known as he informed Derik Hill he could do better himself having watched the artist paint. The paintings which the artists have been working on since last year should prove to be an exciting collection with the many varied styles, themes and individual interpretation.
Tory Island with its changing weather, rocky cliffs, craggy shorelines and unusual landscape always provides lots of inspiration to many of its painters. Some sixty paintings will be on show in the upstairs exhibition area of Ardgillan Castle. Members of the public are invited along to the opening at 2 p.m. on September 8 and have a chat with the artists and view the work. The exhibition will continue until September 23 and will be open during castle hours.