Limerick artist completes mission to paint the city in a positive light

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

AS PART of the UL40 celebrations, Limerick artist Annemarie Bourke will present a series of 12 paintings of different Limerick scenes to the University of Limerick as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

AS PART of the UL40 celebrations, Limerick artist Annemarie Bourke will present a series of 12 paintings of different Limerick scenes to the University of Limerick as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The artist and art teacher, who is based on O’Connell Street, has spent months working on the 12-12-12 art series, comprising 12 scenes literally painting the city in a positive light.

The series, which includes scenes of the Milk Market, the White House pub, Plassey House in UL, the wetlands and river scenes, will be presented to UL on that date.

“I wanted to paint a record of the Limerick of our time and show the beauty of Limerick. Several people approached me looking to buy individual paintings but I had to say no. I want it to stay in Limerick, and stay together. I’m thrilled that it’s finally completed,” she told the Limerick Leader.

Each of the works covers a different side to Limerick - the commercial, artistic, cultural, environment and educational, amongst others, she said. The 12 paintings, each measuring 30 by 40 inches, will be accompanied by a special book, as well as limited edition print canvases, measuring 22 by 28 inches. The hand finished canvas prints will be of archival quality and will last 100 years, she added. Other scenes in the series include one of a young boy outside Thomond Park, the interior of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick Boat Club, looking up Wellesley Pier, and a scene near the Locke Bar.

Members of Limerick Art Society, which is celebrating its 70th year, were painted as they too painted in plein air. Incidentally, another famous Limerick institution - the White House pub - is preparing to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Writers’ groups contributed their own views on the Limerick of our time to the forthcoming book.