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County’s landscape inspires Brennan’s watercolours

NEWMARKET artist, Philip Brennan has taken his successful Clarescapes exhibition of watercolours to the County Museum space in Arthur’s Row in Ennis, giving locals another opportunity to view his works.
The exhibition runs for three weeks up to June 22 and is made up of a variety of watercolours inspired by the Clare landscape.
As with all Philip’s collections, there is a great variety of themes. This reflects the many interests of the artist. He is a naturalist of long experience, something that comes through in the paintings. Indeed, Philip’s other interests all shine through along the way, such as his passion for singing, history and the garden, all rooted in his native county.
Some of the painting titles give some idea of this diversity, such as Gale by the Clogher Road, Quilty, October, the Woodsman, Last Swallow, The Song, Pine Marten at Carran, Return of the Eagle and Dromore.
Most of the paintings are in watercolour but the artist also uses ink and acrylic occasionally.
Speaking about the exhibition, Philip said he is “very pleased with the turnout” and the feedback received on Clarescapes.
Following a successful exhibit in the Temple Gate Hotel, he says his wildlife paintings continue to prove a hit, while his paintings on singing and music are also being well received.
“There are landscapes and all sorts in there but I must say people were tuning in on some of the wildlife ones mainly. There is one of a pine martin and a stoat and another based on the cold winter set in Quilty and another Quilty from the summer time with a historical side to it, which were very popular. I can’t get away from the wildlife ones, people do seem to like them,” Philip said.
There will be a few new additions at this latest exhibition and the artist is aiming to have 18 paintings on display.

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