How Irish Art captures and distils the essence of Music
Art has always been in possession of a resplendent grá towards music. The deep rooted and intricate relationship between these sister arts; visual art and music- from Bronze Age abstraction & the flourishing of Irish Art in the early Christian era through to individual modern artists such as Jack B. Yeats, culminating in the intensification of the connections between Music and Art within the various modernist movements-are explored, taking a broad inter-disciplinary look at their reciprocity within this discourse.
Upon further contemplation and exploration of the theme, my thoughts immediately gravitated towards the peculiar kinship that these arts share. Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.” Music demonstrates a uniquely powerful method of communication through which people can share pervasive moods, overwhelming emotions and subtle nuances of meanings. As Music is an art form which unfurls itself within the limitations of time, and is dynamic, so Art can transcend time to capture and distil the essence of Music to within the boundaries of canvas and paint. The evocative qualities conveyed by the music is thusly captured and held static, even intensified under the painter’s sympathetic gaze and duly imparted through his or her brushstrokes.
Excerpt from Art History Talk by Kim Hannigan
As Cavan will host the 61st Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August our Group of twenty four artists will take part in an Art Fair at The Plaza Centre in Cavan town. This year we are supported by four artists giving workshops and one free Art Demonstration by Paul Galligan and the Art History talk by Kim, (extract above) also has free admission. Bookings can be made directly with the artists themselves.