Another Christmas Story

Waiting, oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
“Waiting”, 90 x 120 cm, oil on canvas, 2008

This is a large painting that I completed some years ago, entitled “Waiting” from the “Caoineadh/ Elegies” series about people affected by conflict and displacement.

Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes due to persecution, wars, disasters and the adverse effects of the climate crisis. The number of forcibly displaced persons continues to rise and by the first half of 2022, the number had reached the 100 million mark – the highest ever recorded.

Two reasons for featuring this painting today, one – it’s part of a special group show at The Olivier Cornet Gallery at the moment, and the other reason – it’s coming close to Christmas and, shur weren’t Mary and Joseph refugees too?  No room at the inn?  And then they had to flee for their lives with the newborn baby.

Stain glass window in Kilmallock Church Harry Clarke studio
Stain glass window in Kilmallock Church (Harry Clarke studio)

So, moving on, the exhibition is entitled:  2012 – 2022 – a decade of exhibitions at the Olivier Cornet Gallery and it takes a look back at the first 10 years of the gallery’s programme.  It opened last Thursday with a conversation between Olivier Cornet and Mary Pavlides, chairperson of the Contemporary Irish Art Society (CIAS).  It was a special night indeed!

You might like to drop in over Christmas – and yes, it’s open over most of the festive season.  See the opening hours below:

Saturday 24th: 12 noon – 5pm

Sunday (Christmas Day): CLOSED

Monday 26th to Friday 30th : 12 noon – 5pm

Saturday 31st: 12 noon – 4pm

Sunday (New Years Day): CLOSED

Monday 2nd CLOSED

Normal opening hours apply after these dates.

If you’d like to read more on a Christmassy theme, hows about the story of my Cardboard Crib here.    And finally, I’d like to thank you very much for your support during the year and… to wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and good health and happiness in 2023.

Guím Nollaig Mhór Mhaith ort agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise


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