WELL KNOWN artist John Shinnors is still recovering in hospital after being seriously injured in a road traffic accident in Limerick last weekend.
The 64-year-old artist, who is held in high regard nationally, was accidentally struck by a van driven by an off duty Garda on the M7 motorway shortly before 11am on Saturday last.
The father of three, whose work has commanded up to €50,000, suffered two broken legs and remained in the University Hospital Limerick until this Tuesday afternoon, when he was transferred to Croom hospital.
The accident took place near the Ballysimon interchange and the van driver, who was travelling northbound, swerved to avoid Mr Shinnors, who suffered serious leg injuries.
It’s understood the artist’s car may have broken down and he was struck while crossing the road.
It’s believed the evasive action taken by the off duty Garda in swerving may have saved Mr Shinnors’ life.
As is customary when a member of An Garda Siochana is involved in an accident GSOC has been notified.
“The driver of the van swerved to the right to avoid the pedestrian and clipped him with the left hand side of the car,” said a garda spokesman.
One of his friends, an art collector who visited him in hospital, tweeted to say: “John Shinnors alive and well and dying for a fag in the University Hospital in Limerick. Two broken legs but otherwise ok. #spotteddog”, in a reference to his favourite pub in Janesboro.
Born in Limerick in 1950, John Shinnors studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design under the influential Jack Donovan, who passed away recently. He has held regular solo exhibitions in Ireland since the 1980s and also in London.
His work is represented in numerous public and private collection and he is the recipient of several awards.
Earlier this year he curated a unique exhibition in the city, entitled Personal Choice, featuring the works of 20 distinguished former students of the Limerick School of Art and Design.
In February of this year, he was one of five people recognised by Limerick Institute of Technology, which now incorporates the Limerick school of art and design, as having left an indelible mark on the institution and its students. He was made an inaugural Fellow of the Institute at an honours ceremony, the highest honour the institute can give in recognition of their contribution to education, enterprise, sport, the arts and sciences.