'A Collection Of Paintings'

by John Dunne
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From Tuesday 15th September to Sunday 27th September 1997

Bray Artist John Dunne adds yet another one man show to the many exhibitions he has held in recent years. This current exhibition is influenced by rock formations in West Cork, The Burren, Aran Islands, the north Antrim Coast, contrasting this with work from a winter trip to Denmark.

Although he has lived in Bray for some 19 years, he was born in Castletownbere in West Cork. Dunne speaks fondly of a National school teacher who realised that he had a natural gift for drawing and painting and so encouraged him to develop his talent. Dunne served with the army in the early seventies, during which time he studied part time at the Crawford College of Art. His first oils went on show at the exhibitions in the Cork Arts society.

Some of John's best work was from his time in Denmark, where he lived for three years. His mentor there was Uffra Kragh, whose mastery of chiaroscuro rubbed off on John; this is particularly noticable in his bold contrast, setting his subject firmly within the landscape. He speaks highly too of another Yann Goulet R.H.A. from whom he aquired a thorough training in draftsmanship and brush technique. As a community arts facility sponsored by Bray V.E.C., with funding provided by F.A.S., the Signal Arts Centre is pleased to mount this current exhibition.