The Hunt Museum’s Summer Exhibition Opening in Limerick – 9 July to 3 October 2021. Examines Enduring Attraction of Wild Atlantic Way to Artists for over 200 years. Features works by Shinnors, Teskey, Yeats, Lover, Hone, Souter and Jellett.
The Hunt Museum’s summer exhibition “A Wild Atlantic Way” (opening on 9 July) gives visitors the chance to travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kinsale and experience the essence and soul of Ireland through a series of atmospheric and strikingly evocative paintings by 30 artists.
Featuring works created between 1800’s and 2019 by Irish born artists or artists drawn to Ireland by the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, this major exhibition accentuates traditional habits and ways of life - remembering people and history through painting.
A show of both national and international significance, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 works, many from private collections which are not normally available for public viewing, together with some pertinent pieces from National Cultural Institutions.
The variety of artistic practice from the earliest work in the exhibition Samuel Lover’s The Kelp Burners (1835) to Donald Teskey’s ‘Turn in the Weather’ (2016) and John Shinnor’s portrayal of Loop Head (2019) bear testament to the enduring attraction of the West of Ireland to artists.
The theme of travel is further illustrated with a selection of illustrated travel books by artists and travellers from the 19th century to today. “A Wild Atlantic Way” offers a glimpse into how artists viewed and still view the West and the different approaches they take when responding to it, through their mastery in many different styles and techniques.
An Atlantic Drive, 1944 Jack B. Yeats,(1871-1957), oil on canvas, The Hunt Museum
© Estate of Jack B. Yeats, Licensed by: DACS London/IVARO Dublin, 2021
12 Bens, View of Connemara, Paul Henry (1876 - 1958), oil on canvas, Private Collection
© Estate of Paul Henry, Licensed by: IVARO Dublin, 2021
Parknasilla, 1911, Estella Solomons, (1882 - 1968), Oil on board, Private Collection ©
The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City