Kilkenny Arts Festival: Leading Irish artists exhibit at Lord Bagenal Inn

SOME of Ireland’s leading painters and sculptors will exhibit their art work at the Lord Bagenal Inn.

SOME of Ireland’s leading painters and sculptors will exhibit their art work at the Lord Bagenal Inn.

Lorraine Brett of LB Fine Arts and James Keogh of the Lord Bagenal Inn will present a collection of selected fine art works by Irish Artists. Included in the show are twenty painters and a select group of sculptors.

Sculptors such as John Behan, Leo Higgins and Bob Quinn will represent Ireland’s thriving sculpture scene.

John Behan is currently in his 70s and has seen the visual arts reach the height of the boom and remembers the struggle for any exposure in the 70s and 80s. His reputable status has been earned over many years. He currently lives in Galway and completes many public and private commissions throughout the country, including the renowned Famine Ship titled ‘Arrival’ at the UN headquarters in New York. 

Leo Higgins is the proprietor of The Cast Foundry in Dublin and has spent a lifetime casting the work of Ireland most prominent sculptors.

Most pieces you see in the public space originated in The Cast Foundry, including well know public works such as Ana Liva from O Connell St. Dublin, by Eamonn O Doherty. Higgins own career spans four decades of exhibiting and working in the art market.

Dublin man Bob Quinn has pursued his love of drawing and sculpture throughout his career. His sculptures appear in private collections and gardens throughout Ireland, Britain and Europe. Although loosely described as figurative his art is expressionist and his deep knowledge of anatomy allows him to abstract the human form and make the simplest of observations. His work is a celebration of the drama and the nobility of the most ordinary of human activity.

Selecting quality pieces from various artists has always been the cornerstone of good collecting. ‘Selected Collection’ at the Lord Bagenal Inn will present Irelands vibrant visual arts scene with selected works from emerging and established sculptors and painters.

The Lord Bagenal Inn is located in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, just off the N9, the Dublin/Kilkenny Road. The exhibition runs from August 10-19 and can be viewed at: wwwLBfinearts.com