Comhghall Casey retrospective exhibition opens at Strule Arts Centre  

Comhghall Casey exhibition

Published: 19th April 2016

Image, from left to right: Mr Mick O’Dea, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy; Comhghall Casey, artist; and Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly at the exhibition opening.

A retrospective exhibition of the work of renowned artist, Comhghall Casey, who originally hails from Omagh, has opened at the Strule Arts Centre.

Featuring still life paintings, landscapes, self-portraits, life drawings and personal sketchbooks, the exhibition charts Comhghall Casey’s artistic development from his school days in Omagh to becoming a multi-award winning artist.  A catalogue, which contains an essay on the paintings written by painter and writer James Hanley RHA, accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition was launched in Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Strule Arts Centre on Friday 15 April 2016 by the Council Chairman, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly with Mr Mick O’Dea, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, as Guest Speaker.

Speaking at the official opening, Councillor O’Reilly, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to be facilitating this exhibition by hosting it here in this wonderful purpose-built arts facility. As Chairman of the Council, I am pleased that we are able to host works by some of the most exciting and creative artists in the country and even more pleased when that artist is “one of our own”.

I must say how impressed I am by the clarity of Comhghall’s work. Through his attention to detail, he has brought everyday objects to life. It is particularly interesting to follow the self-portraits from 1994 until the present day. It’s almost like a pictorial record of the aging process”.

Comhghall Casey’s critically acclaimed virtuoso paintings are intensely realistic and reflect his exceptionally skilled practice of drawing from direct observation of people, landscape and everyday objects.

His works have featured in numerous Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, the RHA and RUA annual exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast respectively, exhibitions in Ireland, England, France, Scotland and Canada and are held in many private collections.  The Ulster Museum, Queen’s University of Belfast, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Office of Public Works and the Department of the Environment (NI) are just some of the many institutions which hold Comhghall’s work.

In May 2015, An Post, the national postal service of the Republic of Ireland featured two of Comhghall’s works – Toy Truck and Toy Bear – on stamps as a contribution to the Pan European Europa Series of Stamps on the theme of old toys.

Comhghall Casey: Retrospective Exhibition runs at Strule Arts Centre until Saturday 28 May 2016. Gallery opening times, Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Admission free.

For further information on the exhibition please contact the Strule Arts Centre on 028 8224 7831.

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