Brennan's Clare: 73 unique images of the artist's native County
Clare by Philip
Published by Ashfield
tranquil scenes to storms at Loop Head, from Wren Boys to hurling
feats, from tales of long-ago deeds to holy places, from music to
migrant butterflies and birds, Philip Brennan's brush and pen create
a vivid and personal picture of County Clare's varied and vibrant
pictures are in a variety of media - watercolour, pastel, ink, charcoal
and acrylic - and range from the vibrant colours of "Ballynalacken"
to the inks of "Ballyallaban Rath". Words complement each
work of art in prose, poetry or song. There is an excerpt from "Are
Ye Right There, Michael" by Percy French to accompany a watercolour
of Corofin Station. An excerpt from "The Third Day of September"
by Michael Scanlon accompanies a painting of flags at a gatepost.
A song by the artist himself entitled "Tobartaoscán"
complements a sepia portrait of John Lyons and Pat Mullins. Brennan
gives the history behind each of the scenes, such as "Scattery
Island" or a personal observation of a location such as "The
has managed to capture the feeling of the county - its flora and
fauna, its archaeology and history, its music and song, its characters
All in all, this book would make a most attractive addition to the
bookshelves of residents of the County or an ideal gift for those
with Clare connections.
Brennan is a painter and writer and lives in Stonehall, Co. Clare.
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