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Castleisland artist Kevin Barry

Castleisland artist Kevin Barry

Castleisland artist Kevin Barry

A largely self-taught local artist hung a little gallery of his paintings at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre before Friday night's launch of the annual Kerry Drama Festival.

Kevin Barry credits former 'Tech' art teacher, Eleanor Scully as prompting him to take up the brush in the first place. "I always enjoyed art at the vocational school and though I left it for a while I'm back at it again lately," said Kevin.

"I enjoyed doing the paintings of the likes of the late Con Houlihan and John B. Keane and I did one of Paidí Ó Sé in a couple of hours the other night when I was preparing for this exhibition," he said.

This is Kevin's second local exhibition in the space of six months as he also showed his worked in Browne's Bar during the Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival last October.

Working from photographs, Kevin is a prolific painter and is gaining a reputation locally as 'a great man to nail a likeness' and, whatever his technique, he's certainly done that with the paintings he's showing at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre all this week in conjunction with the drama festival.

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