Belfast Telegraph

How every picture tells a story

By Liz Baird

Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Until July 17, Tues-Sat 10am-5.30pm

This exhibition, curated by Liam Kelly, brings together a selection of Flanagan’s works while setting out to explore sub-themes in his paintings and drawings, themes which relate to nostalgia, loss and the dignity of silence.

This is a touching and sensitive look at the Ulster artist’s long career which epitomises the classic period of modern Irish art. While his paintings are largely based in the natural elements at work in a landscape (he once said “go to nature and be taught by the experience”), still life and figurative works also feature in this exhibition.

As a painter Flanagan subscribes to the notion of “an earthly paradise” and his works, although often romantic and radiant are indeed worldly. His paintings are full of mood and atmosphere and although his works cover many genres, he is happiest as a landscapist and especially so when capturing the soft light of the west of Ireland.

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In a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph it was incorrectly stated that Mr Flanagan had received an honorary degree from Queen’s University, Belfast. In fact this degree was conferred upon Mr Flanagan by the University of Ulster.

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