Have you seen the real thing?

oil painting of unknown soldier by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Lots of people say that looking at art on the phone is just – not the same – and yes, I agree with them. 

For one thing, it’s always the same size on the phone.  No matter how much zooming in you do, you just don’t get the wow factor that you get when you walk into a gallery and see the real thing.

And you don’t get the smell of the paint, or see the brush strokes, or the little discrepancies or the pentimenti.  Standing there in front of a painting,  you can see how the artist used his brush, or his finger maybe, and you can probably see where he changed his mind before the final result…

And you can imagine the artist standing there where you stand, stroking his paint-spattered beard and trying to decide if it’s finished…

watercolour self-portrait by Eoin Mac Lochlainn 2020
“Lockdown self-portrait”, 30 x 50 cm, 2020

As for me, if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know about my online art project entitled: “Covid Eyes”.  Yes, it was online and you probably saw it on your phone or on your laptop but now, I have news for you. 

We collected most of the original paintings and we’re going to show them in the Olivier Cornet Gallery for two weeks, starting this coming Sunday!  Yes, in spite of everything, Dublin is still in Phase 3 restrictions so that means that the gallery remains open – at least for the time being.  

But it’ll be very safe, you’ll have to book a time to visit the gallery, sanitisers, face masks, fire extinguishers – in fact, I’d say that private galleries are the safest places you can visit these days and gallerist Olivier Cornet is especially vigilant.  

Keep an eye on Olivier’s social media because there’s also going to be some interesting online events happening during the run of the exhibition.


Facebook event



  1. Good luck with the show Eoin, it would be great to see the real thing. Have just celebrated my 70th. A Georgian supra at home with a few close friends. Hopefully a bigger bash in Tbilisi next year!

    All the best,



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