Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

Acts of Desperation Review- A Striking, Compulsive Read

This hotly anticipated debut from the Waterford-born Megan Nolan is a self-assured anti-romance, detailing an obsessive relationship’s collapse.  This self-exploration starts in Dublin in 2012 and chapters are aided with from the more mature narrator reflecting from Athens Greece seven years later,  punctuating accounts of self-destructive narrative with maturity and insight.  An art critic Ciaran becomes the subject of the …


Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

“I’m more interested in people painting as a means of enhancing their life” In Conversation with Artist Jim Furlong

Limerick is a flourishing artistic hub, with many creatives inspired by the city due to its vibrant residencies and an internationally renowned art college. Artist and educator Jim Furlong takes inspiration from the city. A resident of James Street Studios, the painter often sketches from life to produce his critically acclaimed work. He continues to produce art in his studio, …


“I believe sales of canvases and paints went through the roof,” South Tipperary Art Group Adapts to Lockdown

The spirit of creativity continues to be nurtured throughout the lockdown at South Tipperary Art Group. With restrictions leading to both the groups and classes being indefinitely cancelled, the creative nature of STAG managed to adapt quickly to the times. All members have continued to paint at home, with some embracing outdoor painting. The group has even acquired new members …

An Focal Art Club #7- Harry Clarke

Hailed as one of the greatest stained glass artists of all time, Harry Clarke contributed in establishing Ireland’s unique artistic voice during the early years of the Free State. With vivid lively faces rooted in the revival of Gothic stained glass imagery, Harry Clarke is remembered as one of Ireland’s greatest artists and mastered both drawing and glass in his …

Lost Boys: “I think the majority of that EP actually came together in my bedroom in Castletroy”

Lost Boys are an Indie-Pop band consisting of Limerick natives Peadar Storey, Michael Meleady, Peter Corbett, and Patrick O’Donnell. Forming in the summer of 2018 and adding a member shortly after, the group have finally released their long-awaited debut EP titled “Honey Mustard”. I sat down (in a virtual sense) with Michael and Patrick to chat about their experience working …

An Focal Art Club #5 -Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.” Remembered for a strikingly short, meteoric career, Jean Michel Basquiat is the embodiment of a troubled genius. Having overcome poverty to lead an anti-establishment art movement inspired by the New York graffiti scene, Basquiat continues to send shock …

An Focal Art Club #4- Yayoi Kusama

At 89 years old, few artists have made a larger impact on the contemporary art world than Yayoi Kusama. From spurring Pop Art to defining Minimalism, the iconic polka dot artist has an impressive body of work that explores mental illness, consumerism and the psyche. Hailed as one of the most important living Japanese artists today, Yayoi Kusama has achieved …

An Focal Art Club #3- Egon Schiele

Tortured, emaciated figures lost in thought in a dizzying space, melting backgrounds and skin resembling decay. Retaining the same shock factor a century on, the troubling works of Egon Schiele continues to intrigue art lovers. In a short life, he became a pioneer of the Expressionist movement while making strides through shocking, bold and sexual works. Tension, anxiety and sexuality …

An Focal Art Club #2- Faith Ringgold

In 1968, a black artist launched her first solo exhibition American People. The display quickly became a talking point for its unflinching depictions of racial tensions. #20: Die depicts the riots of 1967. Crimson blood splatters contorted, helpless figures with their haunted saucer eyes spelling pain, both animalistic and terrified. The men and women wear business clothes, making the business …