Brown Bull Walking - A Brú na Bóinne Exhibition by Tommy Barr

Tommy BarrBrown Bull Walking - An Exhibition from the Kingdoms of Conchobar and Medb by County Down based painter Tommy Barr. The exhibition consists of new paintings depicting the megalithic landscape of Ireland. From Louth and Meath in the East to Mayo and Sligo in the West, the exhibition brings together images from a network of important sites that represent the sacred origins of our country.

The route through the exhibition criss-crosses the trail of the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge saga. Indeed the sites depicted pre-date the saga and would have been familiar reference points for the key protagonists and for the citizens of those legendary kingdoms. For the visitor, the journey through Tommy's paintings is a wonderful opportunity to spend a little time enjoying the gifts of our ancestors and the legends which we have built around them.

Tommy speaks with great fondness of his time spent researching this exhibition, explaining that “these sites and the craftsmanship of the period are the inspiration for much of what I do”. Dr Greer Ramsey of the Armagh County Museum describes him as an artist who “draws upon the past for inspiration, producing relevant modern pieces in a distinctive and instantly recognisable style”. Tommy continues “each place has its own unique beauty and the mood changes from site to site, I hope I have been able to capture just a little of that”.

Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre - March 2009

The exhibition will be on display throughout the month of March at the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre. Tommy will be on location between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm each Saturday and also on Friday 20th March to enjoy the Spring (vernal) equinox, which will occur at 11.43 am on that day.

He is looking forward to spending time with visitors to the centre and hopes that all will stop by to say hello. Following this exhibition the paintings will move to the West of Ireland, where they will be shown in the National Museum, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

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