THE life of Irish people as depicted in art over the past 200 years is the focus of the summer loan exhibiton at the Ava Gallery, Clandeboye Estate, Co. Down. ‘Ireland: Her People and Landscape’ presented by Adams at Clandeboye comprises over 50 important paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Drawn from private collections across Ireland it is a non commercial event, with works on loan rather than for sale. There is iconic work by artists including Richard Thomas Moynan, Sir John Lavery, Walter Osborne, James Humbert Craig, Erskine Nicol, Charles Lamb, Sean O’Sullivan, Lilian Davidson, Sean Keating and many others.
David Britton, Director, Adam’s and The Ava Gallery said: “The landscape of Ireland has been a continual draw for artists regardless of their approach to painting, and this exhibition tells a unique story of Ireland’s social history through it. From laborers toiling the land or loading boats with turf, in the west of Ireland to bustling country fairs, families going to mass, a day at the races, or children’s playtime activities, the collection of works tracks time and marks the gradual modernization of Ireland both socially and artistically”. The show runs until September 7.