Kilkenny artist Davy Holohan (Daithi O'hUallachain) has new exhibition for Kilkenny Arts Festival

Haunting work strikes a chord

Sean Keane

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Sean Keane

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A haunting portrait of Kilkenny man, johnny Purcell by Kilkenny artist

Johhny Purcell, Kilkenny captured by Kilkenny artist Davy Holohan (Daithi O'hUallachain)

One of Kilkenny’s most important artists is getting ready to launch a new exhibition for Kilkenny Arts Festival. Daithi O'hUallachain (Davy Holohan) has spent his life investigating the human form and his haunting portraits are hanging in many private and public collections.
“My portraits are of myself, people I know and of those in my immediate surroundings,” he explained.
“In this exhibition at The Parade Bar (Hendersons), I have added some Republican prints, reflecting my nationalist affiliations,” he explained. “My main medium is graphite (pencil) with quite a lot of watercolour and pen work too. When drawing with pen, you have to be precise, as you cannot erase your lines afterwards.
“I like to approach each new piece with a fresh vitality, not using a formula that’s repetitive or financially rewarding and in the end mundane,” he said.
The exhibition runs from August 9 to 19.