Paintings of Irish life in Britain

Bernard Canavan, Pub Lodgings, acrylic on canvas.

Bernard Canavan, Pub Lodgings, acrylic on canvas.

THE EXPERIENCES of Irish people in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s haunts the Irish imagination, whether in songs, the plays of Tom Murphy, or in films such as Kings.

That emigrant experience has also inspired a new exhibition by Bernard Canavan, entitled Exile World, which will be officially opened in The Kenny Gallery, Liosbán, Tuam Road, tomorrow at 6pm. The guest speaker will be Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh of NUI, Galway.

Bernard was born in Longford and emigrated to London in the 1960s. His figurative, social-realist, paintings depict the Irish experience of the time - leaving home, the boat train, the apprehension of the new arrivals, the harshness of the building sites, the limited horizons, the crowded pubs, and a world where men did not always look after themselves.

The exhibition continues until September 20.

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