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Eve Parnell draws on horror of war in new work

Eve Parnell: Drawings The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast Monday - June 24 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

By Elizabeth Baird

Eve Parnell studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, graduating in 2002 with a BA in Fine Art, since then she has had considerable success exhibiting her work in Ireland, England, America and Europe.

Working in pencil, generally on tissue paper, Parnell is clearly a talented draughtswoman and gets some very fine results in this unforgiving medium. This, her most recent collection of drawings, is inspired by both the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Battle of the Somme - particularly topical at the moment on 100th anniversary of both events.

In order to fully commemorate the event Eve has selected a number of significant lines of poetry and prose to accompany her detailed, delicate drawings. Each piece, from poets like Rupert Brooke, WB Yeats and Thomas Hardy, is held by a raven, a bird which in the classical world is a symbol of prophecy or a wise messenger, giving a certain gravitas to her compositions.

Mixed Exhibition

Whalley Fine Art Gallery, 378a Belmont Road, Belfast

Tonight, 7pm

After eight years in Holywood it's sad to see the old place in High Street empty but great to see the Whalley Gallery opening again in its new premises.

Both Dawn and Stephen are hard-working artists. This space will give both artists much more scope and will eventually house a new studio. Tonight is the launch of this enterprise which features works from around 20 of the gallery's artists.

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