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Robert Ryan, Forgotten Existence

Exhibition: 21 June – 25 August 2019

Born in Co. Limerick, Ryan graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1987. In Ireland, Ryan’s work is considered as somewhat unique.

Robert Ryan’s work borrows qualities from old European masters while referencing post-modernism by using traditional characteristics in a modern context. While Ryan’s work is primarily rooted in landscape his work has a broader context exploring allegorical concepts including the infinity of space, solitude and vulnerability.

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A Tour of Limerick’s Art Venues

John and Gertrude Hunt established a unique collection of over 2,000 works of art and antiquities during their lifetimes. Their role as antique dealers and advisors to many major collectors helped them establish a a significant business and over time this allowed them to establish their own collection with pieces that reflected their own particular interests.

As the scale of their collection grew the Hunt family became aware of the need to keep the collection intact. The Hunt Museum opened in Limerick in 1978 and became that permanent home for the collection under the guidance of the The Hunt Museum Trust.

The building that houses the collection is a wonderful structure in its own right. Today the collection is houses in beautifully curated rooms across a number of floors. An onsite Cafe provides refreshment and a gallery room downstairs plays host to visiting collections and exhibitions.

The Hunt Museum is a most-see amongst Limerick Art Venues.

Limerick City Gallery

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) hosts an impressive range Art ranging from the 18th to 21st century. It is home to the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing and the Michael O’Connor International Poster Collection. part of it Collections.

A selection from the Permanent Collection is exhibited in its dedicated gallery featuring works from Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Sean Keating, Charles Lamb, Letita Hamilton, Grace Henry, Sarah Purser, Walter Verling, Donald Teskey, John Shinnors, and many more.

LCGA hosts a number of visiting contemporary exhibits per year with Irish and International artists and is the centre piece for EVA International, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art.
LCGA is housed in the Carnegie Building, a wonderful example of Romanesque Revival architecture, beautifully situated on the grounds of the People’s Park in the centre of Limerick City. Over the years a number of refurbishments and renovations have taken place, the Zest Café is a quiet contemplative spot with large glass windows looking out on the park. 

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Where to Buy Art Supplies in Limerick

A Brief Guide on where to buy art supplies in Limerick in 2019. If you would like to be featured then please contact me. If you are looking for competitively priced original paintings you can find them here.

Silkes Arts and Crafts

Located at 64 Catherine Street, Limerick, Silkes was established in 1999, it is one of Limerick’s primary sources of supplies for Artists, Students, and teachers.
The service is helpful and knowledgeable and offers competitive pricing for all of the leading brands available in Ireland. There crafts section is particularly impressive, you will find  Daler Rowney, Staedtler, Faber Castell, Winsor & Newton, Decopatch, Liquitex, Snazaroo, Galeria, Sculpey, Fimo, Promarker, Posca  and well as some lesser known competitively priced alternatives in their painting and drawing supplies section. They offer both student grade and professional grade supplies. For more details please consult their website

Opening Hours:

  • Mon 9am – 5:30pm
  • Tue 9am – 5:30pm
  • Wed 9am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 9am – 5:30pm
  • Fri 9am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 9am – 5:30pm
  • Sun Closed


Opening hours

Generally 9 a.m.–5:45 p.m Monday to Saturday

A few years ago Easons had a very comprehensive range of Art supplies. These days that range has reduced significantly. They mainly stock the standard offerings found in Irish Art shops like Daler Rowney, Faber Castell, Winsor & Newton and Galeria, the paints are mainly student grade. They also offer craft supplies and their books section features a shelf or two on Art related matters. Their website can provide additional details.

Art Mad

Art Mad has an impressive selection of brands, they offer student grade Acrylics and both Professional and Student grade options in Oils at Water Colours. An educational discount of 10% is available to students of the Limerick School of Art and Design.

Staff are helpful and knowledgeable, they will generally order any brands or ranges that are not available in the shop. I recently sources a Rake Brush here which I had found impossible to find elsewhere.

The Acrylic Paints on offer include Daler Rowney ‘System 3’, Winsor & Newton and budget ranges like Lukas. Oils include Daler Rowney Georgian oils, Winsor & Newton oil paint and Lukas.

Opening hours

Mon – Fri: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm ( Closed for lunch: 12.30 – 1.30 )
Sat – 10 am to 1 pm

More details are available on their website.

Paints and Pencils

Paints and Pencils at 3 John’s St, Limerick stock a range of Art & Craft Supplies. They target the local Art School and in my experience, they offer the most competitive rates on student grade supplies. It also helps that the staff and proprietor is super friendly and helpful. They claim to have the friendliest service in Limerick and it is hard to dispute this in my experience.

The offer generous discounts to students and regular customers. Brands include Daler Rowney ‘System 3’, Winsor & Newton and other low cost alternatives.

They do not appear to have a website but their facebook page is here.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 8:30a.m.–5:30p.m.
Thursday 8:30a.m.–5:30p.m.
Friday 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:30a.m.–5:30p.m.
Tuesday 8:30a.m.–5:30p.m.


SØSTRENE GRENE provide a range of their own Art Materials, they do not stock the well known brands but their own brand Acrylics and Water Colours are very good value for the price. I particularly like their Acrylics, these tend to be very bright variations of blues, reds and yellows with some even brighter shades of pink and green. To my mind, their pigment quality and density is much higher than one would get in student grade paints from Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton and other popular brands. They are also just a fraction of the cost of those paints. The paints also have a creamy consistency which makes them easy to work with. I increasingly use these in the foundation layers of a painting, I then finish with a professional grade Acrylic.

They also have a range of cheap brushes in a variety of sizes, again I like these, using them for a few weeks and then disposing of them as they become worn.

I have now tried their canvases yet but again they seem competitively priced and are available in a range of sizes.

Their website can be found here

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Tuesday 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Wednesday 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Thursday 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Friday 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Saturday 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm – 05:30 pm

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The Michael O’Connor Poster Collection at the LCGA

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The Michael O’Connor Poster Collection comprising over 2,800 items is currently on show at the Limerick City Gallery of Art. This wonderful Collection which features a wide range of poster styles and designs sourced from all over the world offers a illuminating insight into this unique Art form.

Michael O’Connor was the eldest of a family of six boys born to the late Michael and Mary O’Connor. For many years they ran a successful bar and grocery business from their home at Patrick Street, Listowel, Co. Kerry.  Drawing and painting was one of Micheal’s great passions and over the years he built up a significant and very valuable poster print collection.  His vast and varied collection included works by many well known international figures like Matthies Holger (1940) and Hans Hillman (1925).

For over two hundred years, posters have been displayed in public places all over the world. Visually striking, they have been designed to attract the attention of passers-by, making us aware of a political viewpoint, enticing us to attend specific events, or encouraging us to purchase a particular product or service. The modern poster dates back to the mid-nineteenth century when  colour lithography was perfected making  made mass production of large and inexpensive images possible.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s legendary first poster, Moulin Rouge (which he created in 1891) elevated the status of the poster to fine art and launched a new level of fascination with posters as an art form. The Belle Epoque in France was a period of peace and optimism marked by industrial progress, and a particularly rich cultural resurgence that saw this movement established itself with widespread poster exhibitions and specialist magazines, soon Art dealers specialising in posters proliferated.  A few year later Alphonse Mucha, a Czech painter, illustrator and graphic artist, living in Paris, created the first masterpiece of Art Nouveau poster design. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and Byzantine art – this intricate, highly decorative style became the major international  art movement up until 1914 when the onset of the first world war saw it decline in popularity as people were confronted with new realities.

Michael O’Connor Collection was donated to Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) in the late 1980’s and the current showing features a range of posters from Michael’s 2800 strong collection. The eclectic selection is a wonderful visual feast of colour and style and re-enforces the potential of ‘the poster’ as a  simple but powerful visual art medium.

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Micheal O’Connor Poster Collection


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Siobhan McDonald, Crystalline: Hidden Monuments

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) is currently presenting an exhibition by the artist Siobhan McDonald, the exhibition was first shown in Paris, in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in 2016.

The exhibition features a new project, called Hidden Monuments (A Creative Ireland commission) in which the artist presents a series of artistic enquiries to remind us of the Cairns, standing stones and Megalithic structures that are such an intrinsic part of our architectural histories. 

I have created a short video showing a brief overview of aspects of the exhibition which is running from the 1 February – 17th March 2019. Go along and see Siobhan’s beautifully presented work in the Limerick City Gallery of Art.