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    Flanders Fields VIII by Maurice Desmond. (Click on image to enlarge).

    THE art of Maurice Desmond is entirely his own.  There are ways in which this influential Cork based artist is an outsider.  Nonetheless his work has had an inspirational impact on many younger artists and his following, though relatively small in market terms, is both discriminating and loyal. After you come to know the work insofar as it will ever allow the viewer to know it the art of Maurice Desmond is as recognisable as it is independent. Emerging at its own unhurried pace it offers layer after layer of contrast and conundrum.  The viewer can get lost in introspective images which point towards unknowing, unknown and uncharted territories.

    Flanders Fields, his first show since 2005, is inspired by the sites of some of the bloodiest battles of the Great War.  Maurice Desmond has visited these sites over a number of years, at the same time as immersing himself in the poetry of Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and Siefried Sassoon.  The resulting images are on show, at the Vangard Gallery  in Macroom, Co. Cork, from July 28 to September 8.

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