Limerick artist’s first exhibition in almost half a century

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Limerick artist’s first exhibition in almost half a century

Michael O'Brien doing some water colours in the water

THEY say good things come to those who wait.

And there will be a lot of superb paintings for art lovers to enjoy at Cappamore artist Michael O’Brien’s first exhibition since 1974. It opens on Friday, September 6 at 8pm in the community centre, Cappamore.

After a gap of 45 years Michael is ready to share his talents with all and sundry once again. He said he has spent the last seven years putting the material for this exhibition together.

“This collection of over fifty paintings consists mainly of oils with some watercolours. There is a mixture of landscapes, seascapes and still life paintings,” said Michael, who took his inspiration from east Limerick, West Cork and Kerry. He brings new meaning to painting watercolours as he is pictured standing in the Bilboa river with his brushes and easel.

He is a past student of Limerick School of Art, Mulgrave Street, the forerunner of Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare Street. On graduating Michael worked for a time in the vocational school, Cappamore before securing the post of art teacher in St Joseph’s Secondary School, Doon. He held this position for over forty years until his retirement in 2012.

Michael loved teaching and sharing his passion for art with his students. He is very proud that many of his past pupils have gone on to make a career in art.

Michael may have stopped teaching art to students every day but the love affair with painting continues. Since his retirement he has had the time to put this exhibition together. 

He is also a renowned musician and the title of the exhibition, Catching the Light, is taken from one of his own compositions.

It takes place over three days, Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8 in the community centre in Cappamore. The official opening is at 8pm on Friday, September 6. It will be open on the Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on the Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

For further information or to view some of Michael’s work check out his Facebook page or on Instagram.