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    This 2009 watercolour by T.P. Flanagan is entitled "A Fermanagh Field". (click on image to enlarge)

    The death has taken place of the artist T. P. Flanagan. Born in Enniskillen in 1929 he was one of the most important and influential landscape painters of his generation. He once commented that, as a young man, he had hesitated to paint the Irish landscape because so many artists such as Paul Henry, J. H. Craig and Frank McKelvey had put such an indelible stamp upon it that there was nothing more to be said. Yet he put his own stamp on the landscapes of counties Fermanagh and Sligo.

    Flanagan worked thematically, a device that enabled him to present his subjects from more than one point of view.  This gives an image not just of his subjects but of his relationship to them and his feelings. In 1995 the Ulster Museum held a retrospective exhibition of Flanagan’s career.  That show  travelled to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin and Fermanagh County Museum in Enniskillen.

    He studied painting and etching at the then Belfast College of Art from 1949 to 1953 alongside fellow students like Basil Blackshaw and Kenneth Jamison.  He worked both as a teacher and a painter for many years. His work has been exhibited widely in one-man and group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad.  He was an academician of the Royal Hibernian Academy and a Past President of the Royal Ulster Academy.  T.P. Flanagan is represented by the Taylor Galleries in Dublin.

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