Friends, artists and Isolation

Portrait of Olivier Cornet by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Portrait of Olivier Cornet, gallerist

How many art exhibitions have been cancelled or postponed in recent weeks? Answer: every single one!  So what are artists or gallerists to do in this strange new situation?

We’ve been working away in our studios, self-isolating and physically distancing, and we’ve been helping out where we can with the local voluntary efforts – but where does Art fit into all of this?

Well, for starters, there’s more art and culture to be seen on the internet than ever before. There’s free concerts, free audio books, films, plays, recitals etc.  The Louvre and other museums host virtual tours for free – and people used to say that the Arts were just a luxury.  Now they’re calling out for more!

Maybe they’re beginning to see the light.

painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of empty building
Corridor, 66 x 86 cm, 2011

Of course, dear reader, you’ve been here all along and the fact that you’re still reading my art blog tells me that you’re one of those fine, cultured types who appreciates the Arts and maybe, you can even spell the word: Aesthete  (I must admit that I had to look it up, meself)

Well, this blog post is especially for you.

For two reasons.  Firstly, I want to thank you for your support and encouragement all along. I really appreciate it – it means an awful lot to get your likes and comments (especially your comments).

Secondly, I want to tell you about “Cairde”, a recent addition to the Olivier Cornet Gallery website.

Cairde” means friends and Olivier is inviting people to become “Friends of the Gallery”, to support his ongoing promotion of art in these troubled times.

Olivier Cornet Gallery exhibition by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Olivier Cornet inspecting my installation: “An Choill”, 2018

Many visitors to the gallery have commented on the quality of the exhibitions and of the various cultural activities that take place there. They realise that the gallery plays an important role in the Irish art scene and they especially appreciate Olivier’s enthusiasm and commitment to his artists. They want to make sure that this can continue.

If you too would like to support him in this, you can find out more about it on the Olivier Cornet Gallery website. You can become a Cara or even a Cara Mór and there’ll be discounts and such, if you decide to purchase a piece of art.  (You don’t need to buy anything – although that would also be a good thing to do, right now).

painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of bonfire outside old hut
Hearth, 35 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, 2012

In any case, art will continue to be made. Painters will continue to paint – but I reckon that the art world will look very different after all this, with a lot of the galleries gone!

But maybe, it’ll be better.

Maybe there’ll be less of the ridiculously high prices for celebrity artists. That wasn’t about the art at all –  it was about the money markets and the rich speculators.

Hopefully there’ll be a new appreciation for the genuine article. But we need to keep it going in the meantime. Have a look at the website of the Olivier Cornet Gallery because he’s one of the good ones.

Take care and keep in touch.


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