Belfast Telegraph

Illuminating cityscapes from vibrant young artist

By Amanda Poole

A new exhibition is set to spark big interest in a young artist as he displays the electrifying energy of Belfast.

Electricityscapes explores the energy and movement that accompanies life in Belfast, capturing the effect light has on the objects and structures it illuminates.

Francis McCrory’s vibrant new paintings depict grand skies, electricity pylons and illuminated signs, among other familiar scenes of the city.

One shows an old Citybus in Royal Avenue, while another is of a lone shopper walking past the now defunct Delaney’s cafe in Lombard Street.

And visitors to Belfast’s ‘Golden Mile’ will recognise the fast food restaurant with bright taxi company branding depicted in another painting.

Francis is promoting his show with a huge billboard poster in Glengall Street he says is “more a piece of installation art than an advertisement”.

He added: “My work focuses on the city, and it's appropriate that the art itself becomes a part of the urban landscape. But I have to confess that it's more than a little spooky to see myself quite as big as that.”

The exhibition is available to view at Gormley’s Fine Art on the Lisburn Road until April 12.

Gallery director Oliver Gormley said Francis' work continues to mature and his latest canvasses are thoughtful, challenging and atmospheric.

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