“Just a Feeling” at the Coastguard Centre

“Just A Feeling”, an exhibition of paintings by Tramore artist Maria Gallwey, is currently running at the Coastguard Cultural Centre in Tramore. Maria, who lives in the South West of France (in Saintes, a town in Charentes Maritime between the port city of La Rochelle and Bordeaux) has exhibited widely in Ireland, France and internationally. Her work has been critically reviewed at home and abroad by writers such as John Waters who in his piece “Earthquake of the Heart” about her work wrote: “Looking at these paintings, I think also of Patrick Kavanagh: we are not alone in our loneliness. I have a sense of poetry having moved beyond words, of the words having burned themselves away in what Kavanagh’s brother Peter described as ‘a tremendous thread of something unusual’

Selected works of Tramore artist Maria Gallwey are currently on display at the Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre.

Selected works of Tramore artist Maria Gallwey are currently on display at the Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre.


In her speech at the exhibition’s launch on Thursday, November 1st, artist Berna Lawton cited one of the early influences of Gallwey’s work as being music, particularly the music of Joni Mitchell. Indeed, the ‘Blue’ album was the inspiration for her first solo exhibition in Garter Lane back in 2003.As with many Irish painters the sea and the emotional resonance of the Irish landscape is a recurring motif in Gallwey’s paintings. She wrote of her ‘Kerry Blues’ exhibition: “I love the way the sky melts and bleeds into the mountains, the mountains infuse themselves into the sea which in turn rises to become an all – embracing mist, a slow drenching rain.

These images are for me motifs which reflect many elements of the human condition; strength, fragility, powerful emotion, moodiness, ambiguity, calmness, turbulence, loneliness, peacefulness. It is the fact that in this landscape all of the various elements are suffused and entwined in each other that so perfectly analogizes the complexity and paradoxes of being human.”This current exhibition features a cross section of work, some experimental and all made over the last 10 years, will run until Wednesday, November 28th.

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