Friday 19 July 2019

New 'Historic Icons' art show opens

Eimear Dodd

There was a great turnout for the opening of a new solo exhibition by Arklow artist Patrick Power in the town library on June 6.

Mr Power's new show is called 'Historic Icons' and pays tribute to the legendary Leonardo Da Vinci to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist and inventor's death. Among the paintings on display is a new work depicting a mother and child 'icon' based on a 16th century Russian masterpiece. The exhibition also brings together a collection of new and older paintings, including some that commemorate the events of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Officially opening the show, Arklow parish priest Fr Padraig Ó Cochláin took the opportunity to speak about art and creativity. He also praised the work of the well-known local artist who has been painting for 43 years.

Mr Power also spoke on the night about his admiration for Leonardo Da Vinci, the Book of Kells and the 1916 commemorations.

One of the attendees, David Owens, wore an old military uniform to emphasise and acknowledge the links with the events of the 1916 Rising.

The exhibition at the library runs throughout the month of June. All are welcome to visit and see the paintings.

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