art exhibitions, Art musings

The most important Art in Ireland, this year?

painting of empty fireplace by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
“Tinteán Tréigthe no.30”, 50 x 50cm, oil on canvas, 2017

Well, of course I’m delighted that my painting (above) got accepted into the annual exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) but I came across something recently on the internet that put a bit of a damper on my scamper.

I’m not sure anyway, if it’s a good thing for artists to be taking part in competitions. Isn’t it hard enough to produce something worthwhile without having to put yourself through the stress of anticipation, disappointment, resentment, jealousy etc – just for the temporary thrill of the odd conquest…

But there you go, they had 2450 entries to the RHA this year and only 321 pieces got selected. (That’s just under 13% of the entries)

But now, I’m going to show you some wonderful pieces of art – and they’re not from the RHA. It’s hard to believe it but all these pieces below are from the Texaco Children’s Art Competition. (I got these images from the Irish Times website and you can see more of them heregreat photos by Nick Bradshaw).

The artists below range in age from 7 to 15 years old. Boy, oh boy – wait until they start submitting to the RHA!

Rachel Glynn and a drawing of her Grandad for Texaco children's art competition
Rachel Glynn and a drawing of her Grandad. Photos by Nick Bradshaw
Nicole Forster with a portrait of her Dad for the Texaco Children's art competition. Photos Nick Bradshaw
Nicole Forster with a portrait of her Dad. Photos by Nick Bradshaw
Niall Dalton with his painting of Anne's dog, Molly. Photo by Nick Bradshaw
Niall Dalton with his painting of Anne’s dog, Molly. Photo by Nick Bradshaw
Amy Zhao with her Self-portrait for the Texaco Children's art competition. Photos by Nick Bradshaw
Amy Zhao with her Self-portrait. Photos by Nick Bradshaw
Ava Henson with her Self-portrait for the Texaco Children's art competition. Photos by Nick Bradshaw
Ava Henson with her Self-portrait. Photos by Nick Bradshaw

http://www.eoinmaclochlainn.com/

http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/

The Irish Times

Nick Bradshaw

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15 thoughts on “The most important Art in Ireland, this year?

  1. WoW! These are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing, Eoin! Those kids are incredible! And I share your sentiment about the competition… But it seems most people need them… Wish you a beautiful weekend! 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on canisgallicus and commented:
    Eoin
    Congratulations. I will put the RHA on my list. I really like the painting of the simple fireplace. Thank you also for link re young artists under the age of 15 (Texaco). The talent is awe inspiring especially the artist who studied the face of a grandparent.
    Michelle

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  3. Hello Eoin, thanks for the post, wonderful work there , really love the self portrait of young Anna!
    Don’t know about this competition thing… a bit of an ego thing I think, but hard to resist. I just entered one myself, got selected (for once) and then got annoyed seeing the show. Could not figure out what the selection criteria was…and start questioning again why do we feel the need to be judged and approved by the ‘establishment’. Lonely job I suppose…Really enjoy reading your posts though
    xx

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    1. Thanks for your comment Mystery man 🙂 I agree with you, it can be a lonely job. Hard to keep motivated sometimes. It’s nice to get comments and feedback though. I suppose that’s one of the reasons why we do it actually. All the best, eoin

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