24″(61cm) x 28″(71cm) – measurements are including the frame – original oil painting.
Lovers of Kilkee will be very familiar with this laneway view from the strand line, up what we would locally refer to as ‘Pantry Lane’. Many a late summers evening, this small street will have provided an all important short cut to and from the beach for those who grew up here and also for the many thousands of holiday makers who visit the town regularly. A gorgeous vantage point of an extremely well known spot.
Taking her inspiration from the ‘affectionate nostalgia’ of the past; of being on holidays in the West of Ireland – old postcards, sunny days on the beach in Kilkee, the environment, the architecture of the time, the people – and all these memories being skilfully painted in oils using a colour palette that nods to the really distinct colouration of early Kodachrome photography. Her ability to depict these seemingly every-day moment’s so beautifully and with such a raw, contemporary edge, is truly remarkable.
The artist says:
“I, like many Limerick people, was fortunate spend every summer of my childhood in Kilkee Co. Clare. These vivid autobiographical memories strongly inform my work. I am interested in developing a new body of paintings, which excavate these nostalgic memories – which are bittersweet in the era of this pandemic. The notion of being on holidays is now elevated into a cloud of affectionate nostalgia through which the idealised environment of the seaside of the past is viewed. This is the sentiment I aim to explore in these paintings, by appropriating imagery from old photographs, and creating landscapes which include familiar scenes and landmarks”.
Irish Contemporary Art – Oil on Canvas – Kilkee – Pantry Lane Kilkee – Gillian Kenny Shinnors – Original Work –