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Sunday 17 December 2017

'Apprentice' stars brush up on skills for charity auction

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THEY are more accustomed to being the bosses but Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin got a taste of what it's like to be apprentices for a change.

The stars of the TV show 'The Apprentice' were in Waterville, Co Kerry, last night where they unveiled paintings they had completed for a charity art auction.

"Jackie is the painter in our family," said Mr Cullen, who was taken under the wing of artist Pauline Bewick, which resulted in an abstract work, 'Warrior Heart in Africa'.

Artist Hughie O'Donoghue looked after Ms Lavin, offering her advice on how to perfect her skill on a piece entitled 'The Light Beyond'.

Both paintings are now for sale as part of the "pop up" Art250 gallery in the seaside village where the public can buy original art for €250.

The only catch is that you don't find out until afterwards who the artist is.

"I found the whole process fascinating," said Mr Cullen. "Pauline gave me a shape and told me to do what I like with it."

Ms Lavin said: "When I went into the studio to work with Hughie he didn't realise he was dealing with a complete amateur."

Her acrylic on canvas depicts a dark land but there's a glimmer of hope with a beautiful beach in the distance.

All proceeds go to the Cill Rialaig arts centre on Bolus Head near Ballinskelligs. Founder Noelle Campbell Sharpe always persuades a few well-known people to have a go at making art. Previous participants include weather girl Jean Byrne and Kerry footballer, Paul Galvin.

Irish Independent

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