ART-LOVERS are invited to take a dander through dream-like night gardens and moonlit landscapes with the opening of a renowned Dungannon artist’s new exhibition at the Ranfurly Arts Centre.
Marty McLarnon, who has been living in Leitrim for the past twenty years, has launched the solo show in his home town after successfully exhibiting his work around Ireland for many years.
The exhibition of oil paintings teems with serene depictions of local landscapes lit up by dawn or dusk, and provides a unique insight into Marty’s mystical connection with nature.
Many of the paintings tell a story in their wonderful titles alone.
Marty, who comes from a talented family of artists and photographers, graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art from Belfast college of Art and Design, and now lives outside Drumshanbo.
He said he loves painting the countryside in all its moods.
His own words can best give the reasons and thoughts behind the paintings which will be exhibited for the month of August.
“For 30 years, Irish landscapes have been my painting inspiration. I have always had periods where I would also paint from my dreams and since moving to Annaghhasna in 2006, I have taken to painting moonlit scenes which allow me to express my love of the natural world and experiences of intuitive dreams together.
“I experience the calming delight of walking or sitting in the night garden, the experience has a dream quality, both revealing and enhancing the mystery surrounding the nature of existence.
“A lone mare in a moonlit field comes to me and greets me as she bows her head in reverence; I am bathed in a sense of one. Boundaries erased and left with a profound awareness that we would never be truly alone again and neither would we forget this shared experience.
“All creatures great and small are deeply connected with this abundant earth and each other, empathise with those who suffer the consequences of greed deceit, poverty, injustice and war and may your soul leap with the joy of doing so.
“In these times of uncertainty I would recommend people take time out to explore their surroundings and perhaps find inner peace.”