The Custom House Studios
The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
T +353 (0)98 28735
Custom House Studios are please to host an exhibition of paintings Light Keepers by Geraldine O’Sullivan opening Thursday July 4th at 7.30pm.
Writer and Irish Times Columnist Hilary Fannin, will be in in conversation with Geraldine O’Sullivan at Custom House Studios Gallery, The Quay, Westport. Co Mayo. Exhibition runs until July 28th 2019.
Light Keepers is a collection of 25 artworks capturing the unique world of Irish lighthouses My paintings not only to show the physical structures and the scapes but also to capture the echo of the lives lived by the keepers and their families. I have tried to do this in my Lifescapes using old family photographs and memorabilia given to me by the families. where possible the stories are retold here by the keepers and their families. It was the stories, that governed my choice of locations to paint.
I live under the sweep of the Galley Head lighthouse beam and my curiosity as to what it must have been like to live and rear a family in these remote structures led to this exhibition. A journey that brought me around the coast of Ireland to some of the most desolate and beautiful headlands and offshore lighthouse stations.
Today, there are no longer any full time lighthouse keepers in Ireland, attendant keepers are employed in a caretaker capacity. Families no longer live in keepers cottages; their histories are confined to archives, anecdote and a diminishing number of first hand narratives. Alongside this change is the modernization of the lighthouses themselves. Time is bringing change to lighthouses and the keepers ,and their families, will soon be gone, confined to the world of memory. Geraldine O’Sullivan is a full time artist a native of West Cork, she graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, with First Class Honours. She now lives and paints from her studio in Ballylibert, West Cork.
Geraldine has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in many group exhibitions in Ireland, the UK and New York. Her work features in public and private collections including the Office of Public Works, The Institute of Technology, Tralee, The Health Service Executive, Dun Laoighaire /Rathdown County Council.