Aaaaaarg! Do they always get your name wrong?


Are you one of those people whose name they simply can’t get right?  I am. – I was at an exhibition the other day and it happened again!  A woman was telling me how much she liked my work ( and I was delighted of course ) but gradually I began to realise that she wasn’t talking about my work at all.  She was talking about portraits, yes, large paintings, yes, black and white?  Hang on, I don’t think I’ve done any black and white ones…  And babies?  Ah, now I know – she wasn’t talking about me, she was talking about Cian McLoughlin.  Not only is my name not Cian –  it’s Eoin – but my surname is also not spelt like that, it is spelt:  Mac Lochlainn.

But I know Cian, and he’s a very nice painter – he’s just not me!   And he was also at that opening so, for once, we were able to clear things up.  Actually he told me that someone had just congratulated him for winning the Golden Fleece Award a couple of years ago ( he hadn’t – that was me!)   Anyway I thought I’d put up a photograph of the two of us, so people could see for themselves.   I’m the respectable (!) looking one on the left.   He’s the big hunk on the right.

Diaspora, oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

…and during the last year, I’ve been painting fireplaces – empty fireplaces in deserted homes. I’ll be having an exhibition of them in Dublin in September – in the Olivier Cornet Gallery at 3, Great Denmark Street (next door to Belvedere College).  This is a continuation of the body of work that I first exhibited on the Aran Islands in June.  (You can click here to see that show).

So that’s my story for today. Your comments are always welcome – let me know what you think here.  And you can see more of my work at:



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