Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A WONDERFUL display of vibrant oil paintings created by animal- and culture-loving artist Deirdre Dunne is currently on show at Mountmellick Library.

The talented artist is originally from Monequid, Mountmellick and a past pupil of St Mary’s College (now Mountmellick CS). She lives in the small village of Kilbeheny near the Galtee Mountains in Cork, where she has her art studio.

Retired parish priest Fr Frank McNamara, who served the Mountmellick community for more than 30 years, was “delighted” to open the exhibition.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to launch this exhibition. I’ve known Deirdre and her family for many years and I believe that Deirdre’s first inspiration must have come from looking up at the wonderful Slieve Bloom Mountains. As a teenager, Deirdre won a Moyclare award, which was a very special award for painting horses. Painters tell me that if you can paint a horse, you can paint anything.

Laois artist Deirdre Dunne with her mother Bridie Dunne, husband Bryce Odgers and daughter Bree Odgers at her art exhibition launch in Mountmellick library
Photos: Stan Henderson

“After she graduated with a degree from Crawford College of Art in Cork, Deirdre bought a bicycle and cycled extensively over several continents sketching and taking photographs as she went. She spent years working as a tour guide and all that time she was gathering materials together. What we have here this evening are so many echoes of her experiences and memories from her travels around Asia, Europe, Africa and Central America.” he said.

Deirdre said that she was delighted to bring some of her work home to Laois and thanked everyone for attending. Around 40 people attended the launch.

The exhibition includes exotic and farm animals along with amazing scenery using strong colours and contrasts, which achieves a robust impact on viewers. Deirdre has captured many moments in nature, where the natural light highlights the subject matter. Her preferred medium is oil paint, but recently she has used a technique called découpage on the background of her portraits.

The exhibition contains 27 of the artist’s paintings and will remain on show upstairs in the library’s gallery until Friday 29 March.

For more information on Deirdre’s paintings, prints and art classes, visit or search for Deirdre Dunne Fine Art on Facebook.

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By Stan Henderson
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