Tal­ents of Paul Funge re­called at prints launch

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

THE IM­POR­TANCE of the late Paul Funge as an artist in­ter­na­tion­ally and na­tion­ally was re­called at the launch of his col­lec­tion of lim­ited edi­tion prints in the Gaslamp Gallery on Satur­day evening.

His first cousin and dear friend Sea­mus Funge of­fi­cially launched the ex­hi­bi­tion, which will con­tinue in the Gaslamp Gallery on Es­monde Street all this week. Also there to open the event with Sea­mus was Paul’s brother Joe Funge and his nephew Kieran Funge, Joe’s son.

Claire O’Con­nell, pro­pri­etor of the Gaslamp Gallery, said it was a spec­tac­u­lar evening and the gallery was packed to ca­pac­ity, filled with many lo­cal sup­port­ers of Paul.

The col­lec­tion is ti­tled ‘Resur­gence’ and the idea came about fol­low­ing a re­quest from Kieran Funge. He ap­proached Claire to see if a col­lec­tion of fine art prints could be pro­duced fea­tur­ing se­lected works by Paul.

‘It has been a truly ex­cit­ing project to work on and not with­out its chal­lenges as it was im­per­a­tive to en­sure that the re­pro­duced colours of each print were true to those of the orig­i­nal works,’ added Claire.

Among the scene de­picted in the col­lec­tion are Cour­town Har­bour and Inis Mor.

A na­tive of Gorey, Paul was a founder of the Project Arts Cen­tre in Dublin and Gorey Arts Cen­tre. The renowned artist was also the per­son be­hind the Gorey Arts Fes­ti­val which he suc­cess­fully ran for over 15 years.

He fa­mously brought a young band to the clos­ing night of the an­nual Funge Arts Fes­ti­val in 1980; that band was U2.

It was as an artist that Paul came to na­tional promi­nence. He was renowned for his por­traits and land­scapes. He taught art in many schools and col­leges and lec­tured at Na­tional Col­lege of Art and De­sign. His in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion was en­hanced through his work as a lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia and Kun­sthis­torisch In­sti­tute in Am­s­ter­dam.

Sara Red­mond and Robert and Mary O’Con­nor.

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