Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Northern Ireland artist is making his landmark in art world

They are some of Northern Ireland's best-known landmarks captured as you've never seen before.

From the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge near Ballintoy to Mussenden Temple and the Harland and Wolff cranes which tower over east Belfast, famous images have been brought to life by the hand of Kilrea artist Adrian Margey.

Some of his work went on show at an exhibition at the Ramada Hotel in Portrush over the weekend.

Renowned for his depictions of Ulster landmarks, the exhibition focused on the landscape and landmarks of the north coast.

Vivid interpretations of Dunluce Castle, Mussenden Temple, Ballintoy, Dunseverick, Portballintrae and the Giant's Causeway sit at the heart of the collection and are complemented with portrayals of Irish dancers and traditional musicians.

Margey's work has become increasingly sought-after.

"I have used bold colour, strong shapes and expressive texture in an attempt to conjure up moods and evoke an emotional response from the viewer," he explained.

"I have employed palette knife, brush work and finger-painting techniques to bring a new perspective to the familiar and hope that visitors enjoy the mix of work on show."

Self-taught and working from his Kilrea studio, Margey cites the Fauves, the Irish Impressionists and the indigenous artists of South America among his key influences.

He combines a kaleidoscope palette with brushstrokes and knife work to create his distinctive work.

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