David Briggs – The Station Master!

One of the great things about this new blog is that it gives me a platform to draw people’s attention to some really great, less well-known artists that are out there. One such is David Briggs from Lisburn, County Antrim, who you’re probably unlikely to have heard of unless transport, especially railways, are your thing. You won’t have come across his work at auction as he only works on a commission basis, and when you look at his stunning paintings  you will see why it’s unlikely any of it will see the inside of a saleroom unless their owners die or run into serious financial difficulty.

Omagh South David Briggs

David’s work is seriously good with a great eye to detail and exudes atmosphere rarely seen in similar work. They are evocative, sometimes sad reminders of days gone by when it was still possible to travel to the remotest corner of Ireland by train, and every little boy wanted to become an engine driver. The inviting light of the signal box on a winter’s evening, smoke gently wafting from locomotive chimneys, the gentle hissing of escaping steam bring the paintings to life and you are drawn in…

Twilight at Florencecourt

Twilight at Florencecourt” a scene that can never be repeated on the late lamented Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway – an independent concern to the end and which closed 1957.

Craigmore in Snow

Craigmore in the snow” – a picturesque view of the famous viaduct near Newry on the Dublin/Belfast line.

They are far more than just railway paintings though and scenery, people and weather are not overlooked. They depict Ireland in a gentler, more easy-going era when the pace of life still allowed people the time to stop for a chat.

Omagh 1964

Omagh, 1964” – the diesel railcar set adds to the poignancy of the painting as the Great Northern Railway’s line between Portadown and Londonderry, known as the ‘Derry Road‘,  was a late survivor finally closing in 1965 and was a victim of political shenanigans.

The artist’s other equally superb work includes road haulage, motor biking, aviation and maritime scenes – be sure to check out his Facebook page  ‘The Transport Artwork of David Briggs’

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Modern Art or Toddler Art?

TODDLER ART

My 12 year old son presented me with this challenge a couple of weeks back, and I’m proud  to say that I got 9/11 answers correct – all that trawling through the ‘art‘ of Sean Scully, Michael Flatley et al must be paying dividends! I posted the  simple quiz on my “Collect Ireland” site but was surprised by the lack of feedback!

It only takes a minute – see how you get on click here: Modern Art or Toddler Art?

 

What is Art?

According to Google – The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

To Plato, art was imitation of nature, but in the 19th century, photography took over that function, and in the 20th, abstract art overturned the whole notion that art was about representation. And although art meant skill early on, conceptual artists elevated ideas over execution. So what is art? Does it have to be beautiful? Expressive?  Original?  Uplifting?  Intellectual?  Mentalfloss.com

“Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding”.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) Russian-French Expressionist artist.

Just a few thoughts on which to launch the blog and rather than go on at greater length here I’m going to suggest that you may like to read this essay by American Artist/Graphic Designer – David Lance Goines.