EJ Peters: An Appreciation

newsEJ Peters: An Appreciation

Artist E J Peters passed away on 13 March 2015. The poet John Liddy, writing
in warm tribute recalled: “His knowledge of and love for language,
particularly Irish and Dutch, was extensive and his great gift was his
ability to make letters beautiful. One such masterpiece can be found in the
pages of issue 7 of The Stony Thursday Book (1978), dedicated to the work of
Kate O’Brien. Other works he selflessly produced for me were his
illustrations for Song of the Empty Cage (Lapwing Publications, Belfast,
1997). They hang forlornly, as I write this appreciation, on a wall in my
apartment in Madrid.

EJ was, as his friend Noel Molloy, the performance artist, so elegantly
stated, a great artist, a master of print, calligraphy, painting and
curating, a friend whom I consider a brother.

I echo that sentiment and know that I will miss his presence when next I
roam around the market in Limerick or sit in the Outback beside an empty
chair. But I will also raise a glass in his honour and give thanks that I
was privileged to know such a talented artist and good man. Ar dheis Dé go
raibh a hanam dilis”. (1)

1. John Liddy ‘I’ll miss EJ, but it was a privilege to know him’ Limerick
Leader 20 March 201

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