Ballymoney artist exhibits work

An artist from Ballymoney is having a six week exhibition at “Brantwood”, the former home of famous Victorian art critic and eminent thinker John Ruskin.

Wednesday, 15th April 2015, 7:00 am
Sean McCann. Photo by Glenn Owens. INBM16-15S
Sean McCann. Photo by Glenn Owens. INBM16-15S

Brantwood is the beautiful home in the Lake District where Ruskin spent the last 28 years of his life.

“From Mountain to Sea” at the Severn Studio, Brantwood is an exhibition of recent landscape paintings by Ballymoney born artist Seán McCann. The exhibition will include paintings of the Lake District and Scotland as well as “The Giant’s Causeway “, a painting

from closer to home that Seán will be showing for the first time.

Seán was born in Ballymoney and went to Dalriada school. At eighteen he did a foundation art course at the Ulster Polytechnic, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Brighton College of Art and a Master of Fine Art at Birmingham Art College.

He has exhibited widely and currently has works in private collections in Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, Israel and the USA.

Seán, who now lives in Liverpool, said: “The Lake District is a magical place, an area of outstanding beauty with great variety of

landscape within a relatively small area. I like its human scale. It is approachable. The light is incredible, even when it rains! There is no such thing as a bad day, just different days.

“Each has something to offer. I love to explore these hills soaking up the atmosphere and memory of times past and present. In a world from which man is constantly extracting, it is wonderful to walk on ground that is protected and hasn’t changed in years. There is a strong connection to the past and also to something much greater than the present. This is what inspires my paintings.

“Like the surrounding inspirational landscape that has provided subject matter for many great artists and writers including Turner, Wordsworth and Ruskin, Brantwood and the Severn Studio also have a great artistic legacy and connection to the past. It is a privilege to be exhibiting here. The studio is a beautiful intimate space where my work will find its place.”

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