O Brother, where ART thou?

A TALENTED trio of Dungannon artists have launched what might be a first in the art world - a joint exhibition of their work as brothers.

Larry, Marty and Tony McLarnon have combined their creative mettle to produce the exhibition which was unveiled last night at the Craic Theatre, Coalisland. The exhibition of innovative work will run for all of the month of January.

The unique show brings together dozens of wood-prints, oil paintings, water-colours and photographs.

The brothers studied art together at the University of Ulster Art College in the 1980s and whereas they use very different mediums, they all take their inspiration from the local landscape and characters.

The exhibition is expected to appeal to art lovers as well as those interested in the town’s colourful history and personalities.

Among the subjects caught on canvas are renowned bicycle repair men Vincent and Frankie Doran, who ran a bicycle repair shop on Irish Street, first opened by their father ‘wee’ Paddy.

The McLarnon brothers have been inspired by many artists but their greatest support comes from internationally acclaimed artist Neil Shawcross who continues to inspire and personally encourage them today.

Marty has spent his entire life in the development of his art and is now an accomplished oil painter who has exhibited throughout Ireland.

Marty explained: “Most of my paintings are inspired by my danders along banks and meadows. In these times of uncertainty I would recommend people take time out to explore their surroundings and perhaps find inner peace and even an inspired way forward for themselves through their own danders and daydreams”.

Larry specialised in printmaking and has immortalised local people in his stunning woodcuts. An avid photographer, Larry’s eye for detail is evident in the images he captures with his camera.

Tony’s unique watercolours exude mythical and magical qualities fused with Celtic vision.

Mickey Carolan of The Craic Theatre and Arts Centre said: “ We are thrilled and delighted that this exhibition of art by the McLarnon Brothers is taking place here in Craic, as we recognise that it is very unique to have three brothers who are artists exhibiting together.

“The exhibition consists of art work in various mediums, so it is sure to have something for everyone. This is a new, exciting and innovative phase for us at Craic and we hope to encourage other artists to exhibit here.”