19 May 2022

New exhibition inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney to be launched this week

Exhibition will be based at Portstewart arts centre

New exhibition inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney to be launched this week

Seamus Heaney

A new exhibition inspired by the writings of Seamus Heaney opens in County Derry this week.

The exhibition will be at the Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart.

Through a series of large canvasses and smaller paintings, artist Maurice Orr takes the viewer on an atmospheric journey through bog, stream, lough edges, rugged fields and dramatic skies as far as the eye can see.

Using earthen colours, texture, panoramic vistas and scale as tools, the viewer is enveloped by the enchantment of Ireland's rural landscape and in particular, the environment of Lough Neagh and Bellaghy which so nurtured the work of the Nobel Laureate.

Maurice Orr was born in England but grew up in Ballymena and now works from his studio in Armoy.

He studied at the Belfast College of Art and Design in the 1970s before working as a graphic designer for the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He turned to oil painting after early retirement.

In 2002, the artist won his first international residency and in 2003 was awarded the prestigious Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Banff Residency in Alberta, Canada.

In 2011, he was commissioned to take part in the Cultural Olympiad Programme, a project that culminated in a unique, multi-sensory painting exhibition in various venues including the renowned Southbank Centre, London.

In the recent years, Maurice has been awarded residencies in Iceland, Australia and Vancouver Island.

All of these varied landscapes have featured in his work but above all he loves the landscapes of home, never tiring of the changing seascapes of the North Coast or the rural hedgerows and fields of County Antrim.

Close to Home will be on show until July 24.

Galleries are open Wednesday and Thursday, 10am - 4pm, Friday 10am-3pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.


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