Monday, 2 December 2013

Ian OHalloran (art)

Dartmoor Oak by Ian O'Halloran
I've been meaning to blog about Ian O'Halloran's evocative linoprint art for several months and have finally managed to get writing about his work while he is actually involved in a current exhibition - the Winter 2013 at Gallery North in Hailsham.

I first discovered Ian's work when a sliver of 'Folkington Hill' was chosen to be on the front of Gallery North's Land And Sea Scapes flyer in May. I then was not able to get myself to the exhibition before its unfortunate early closure. I did get along to the Festival Exhibition in September though and was delighted to see a few of Ian's images 'in the flesh'. I even treated myself to the card pictured here.

Having originally trained as a Civil Engineer, Ian took the drastic step of a complete career change when he decided to study art in 1990. He is inspired by artists such as Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and Robert Tavener, but takes particular inspiration from the landscapes around him, especially features of ancient hidden cultures - standing stones, hill figures, dew ponds and track ways. Ian's first solo exhibition in 2000 was of his paintings and in 2008 he tried his hand at printmaking. The rest, as people might say, is history!

Winter 2013 at Gallery North will features stained glass by Isobel Ackary, assemblages by Pat Latham, and oils and acrylics by Rachel Widdows, together with many works by the resident artists.

Tuesdays to Saturdays, 5th Nov to 21st Dec, 10:00 to 16:00.
Free admission but donations very gratefully received!

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