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Wednesday, 22nd November 2023

Drogheda Port Company Art Commission for 2023 Unveiled

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Artist Gill Mc Cullough (sitting front left) pictured with her husband, children and Drogheda Port Company personnelat the handover of her painting to the Drogheda Port Collection.

An oil painting by Mornington native Gill McCulloch depicting one of the navigation beacons in the Boyne estuary has been chosen as the winner of the Drogheda Port Company Art Commission for 2023.

A native of Mornington, Gill McCulloch graduated from Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, having specialised in Printmaking. She has taught art at primary and secondary school levels and illustrated books, in addition to developing her own work, including numerous and varied commissions.

Gill has a wealth of experience and she to brings this to her popular classes at ‘Art House’ in Mornington, which she established in 2006.

Gill’s original art works are strongly inspired by air and water and her surroundings, in particular the East Coast, and range from seascapes to still life, often incorporating historical buildings, stories and imagery.

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Gill works predominantly in oil paint but also uses acrylics and traditional printmaking techniques.  Gill's paintings and prints have been bought privately and corporately and hang in homes and boardrooms all around the world.

“To create this piece, I immersed myself in an exploration of the natural beauty of the estuary and the history it holds” Gill said.

“Living and painting within a short distance of the subject, I viewed the estuary daily, taking in all the different colours, textures and changing tides, and how the light changing daily, even hourly created so much diversity.

“I chose this particular view or aspect not only for its sheer beauty but for the hundreds of years of history it beholds.” 

An important element of Gills piece is the Mornington Beacon, one of many beacons that have guided marine traffic along the Boyne estuary for centuries. Gill wanted to convey her own fond memories of this captivating view in her work ..

“I always need a strong connection between my work and the natural environment, and as this view has such fondness and familiarity to me personally and to people locally I really wanted to represent this in the painting” she said.

On behalf of the Port Company, Nessa Lally thanked Gill for a truly beautiful work of art which will now join the growing art collection in the port which began over 20 years ago.

“We also look forward to the 2024 commission which will launch early next year” she added.



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