Just go and see this. Just go, that’s all.
Here’s forty years of magnificent work, gathered together in one magnificent old building. This is an outstanding example of a working artist doing what an artist does, because he doesn’t know how to be anything else and he doesn’t know what it is not to paint or draw.
You might as well ask a dog not to bark.
How many people are lucky enough to have one of Brian’s astonishing, vibrant, sculptural oils? Let them be thankful for owning a piece of wonder, and now here it is, all gathered under one restored roof; the old Sailors’ Home on O’Curry Street, later an RIC barracks and a Garda station but now a rescue project thanks to the Shannon and Foynes Port Company.
What a superb building, but how sad that the elements have done so much damage to it that even the very plaster needed to be hacked from the walls.
And yet, in a fine moment of serendipity, how appropriate that those same bare brick walls, never intended to be exposed, form the background to Brian McMahon’s exhibition of his life’s work?
If this show was in Dublin or Dún Laoghaire, it would be covered by the Irish Times, but since we’re “down the country” as they say in the national media, it will have to be covered here instead. Go along. Soak in the ambience, the decrepitude, the crumbling magnificence of the whole thing, and that’s just the artist. Enjoy the old pile of bricks, but most of all enjoy the 40-year career of one fine artist.
Do it immediately.