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West Wing

Room 23

Room 5 of 16

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Basil Blackshaw and T.P. Flanagan are among the foremost Northern Irish painters of the generation that followed Daniel O’Neill and Colin Middleton. Blackshaw tends to delineate his paintings with horizontal and vertical markings. T.P. Flanagan is renowned for his evocation of close-up worlds, such as the low-lying, soft, watery Fermanagh landscape.

The Dutch artist Sonja Landweer first came to teach at the Kilkenny Design Workshops in the 1970s. Her colour palette is inspired by heather, rock and bog. She also absorbs the Irish landscape in a literal sense into her work, through her material use of Irish clay varieties and bog ash.
Barrie Cooke was deeply impressed by the sense of history that permeates the Irish landscape. He uses the human figure explicitly in his work and applies the same fluid brush-strokes in his treatment of the female nude as he does in his landscapes.

Elinor Wiltshire created a fascinating photographic documentation of Dublin during the 1950s and ’60s, recording its inhabitants at work and play, at a time when the capital was in flux.
Australian artist Sidney Nolan makes particular use of Irish subject- matter, including Ned Kelly and the Wild Geese. His palette, however, is obviously influenced by his native Australia.