Exhibition Opening: Thursday August 16th at 7:30pm.
Hugh Barr moved to the West of Ireland 10 years ago, from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The peace and the countryside helped me to see life differently. Stress and strains ebbed away. Walking his dogs every day along the country lane not gave him exercise, and cleared his head. He looked at his surrounding more closely, taking in the wildlife and nature. Like many people, he thought of the Hedgerow as just a border to a field, a hedge at the side of the road. Originally these borders would have been stone walls, built by man. Without our interference, nature has taken over and created its own life system.
Hugh Barr began to see the plants and signs of animals. He noticed the seasonal changes and even saw how the plants reacted to the daily effects of weather and light. He was always aware of these things, but now he was taking a closer look. This enabled him understand the diversity of life sustained by the hedgerows and the important role that they play within the countryside. His paintings are inspired by the nature surrounding him; these are the small things that make up the bigger picture.