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Friday, 19th May 2017

Drogheda artist’s debut exhibition depicts the local in a new light

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Rodney Thornton of Rathmullen painting in Shop Street. His debut exhibition opens on Friday next, 26th May, at The Abbey Gallery.   Picture: Jimmy Weldon.

A new art exhibition entitled Stilling a Recurring Light by local artist Rodney Thornton which opens at the Abbey Gallery next week is the artist’s first venture into the art world.

Many people will have stopped to chat to Rodney as he is often to be seen with his brushes and easel painting away and his first exhibition should be the cause of considerable excitement.

Rodney’s paintings depict the local. The ice cream van as it comes calling, the corner sweet shop, the Gaelic football pitch and empty street scenes that invite the viewer to visit once again. The paintings simplify the ordinary things in the times we live in and embody the grass-root culture found on every street corner in Ireland.

Rodney received an honours degree in fine art at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. It was while teaching English in South Korea that he first took to the streets making drawings. He found this a great way to communicate with the locals and continued to paint on the streets of Drogheda on his return.

Rodney has been blown away by the support he has received since he started painting around the town of Drogheda and would like to thank everybody for their interest and words of encouragement.

 The exhibition will be opened by Mayor Oliver Tully on Friday May 26th at 7.30pm in the Abbey Gallery, 4 Dominic Street, Drogheda.

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