Exhibitions

Landscapes of a Life: The Paintings of John Eagle
Beara Coast Hotel
Opening 3pm Saturday August 3rd
Runs until Sunday August 11th

Beara Arts Festival is proud to present this exhibition of landscape paintings by the late John Eagle, who, through his work as an artist, writer and photographer, promoted Beara tirelessly until his untimely passing in December 2018.

John was born and grew up in Oxford, but visited Beara regularly from the age of seven. His mother Dorothy bought a house in Formanes, Eyeries in the 1960s, and John himself made his home in Derrivore, Kilcatherine when he settled in Beara in 1991.

John first made his name as a photographer, producing postcards and calendars of all the lighthouses around the coast of Ireland. His work was the subject of two books, An Eagle’s Eye View of Irish Lighthouses, published in 1999, and Ireland’s Lighthouses: A Photo Essay, published by Collins Press in 2010 and reprinted in 2013. He also organised lighthouse tours, attracting visitors from all over the world.

John’s interest in painting was encouraged by local artists such as his friends Tim Goulding and the late Maurice Henderson. His love of the landscape of Beara is evident in all his work, in the paintings of the hills and mountains where he walked his dogs, and those of the sea where he’d fished as a boy.

John travelled extensively, and his paintings were bought by collectors throughout Europe and America. Ultimately, however, his heart was always in Beara, and it is fitting that he should be remembered with this exhibition of his work in the one place in the world he considered home.

With special thanks to Martin Eagle, Sue Swansborough, Georgina Goulding and Tim Goulding.

© Niall Duffy

Tom de Paor: AEIOU
Sarah Walker Gallery
Opening 6pm Saturday 3rd August
Runs until August 25th, open every day 11am-6pm.

A selection of 130 portraits of lower case vowels in watercolour on 300gsm paper, 290 x 210mm, landscape format, made in Spring 2019.

Tom de Paor architect graduated from UCD in 1991, where he is a Design Fellow. Since 2016, he has been a Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and Young Architect of the Year by Building Design / Corus in 2003, and has been a member of Aosdana since 2015, and International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 2017.

Drawing and sketching has always been a part of architectural practice; within these small works de Paor enjoys experimenting with watercolour in alphabetical shapes on paper.