Beach beauty captured in latest mural by artist Kate
THE people of Gorey have responded well to the latest addition to the wall at Goreys Civic Square’s Pavillion area which sees the artistic talents of Kate Kos as well as the natural landscapes of county Wexford celebrated in the form of a colourful mural.
Kate’s second mural to be completed this year was commissioned by Gorey Tidy Towns with the support of a community enhancement grant.
It contrasts the town landscape in her last mural she painted during spring time, and the Gorey Goat by visual artist James Kirwan completed in September.
Kate explained that she had the viewers of Wexford in mind as she was working on her latest creation.
‘I wanted to create a sea scape rather than a town scape, and paint something totally different to before.
‘I knew this one would be closest to the road on the Avenue, and I wanted it to be a subject that would be visable and recognisable,’ she said.
Basing the piece off a photograph of a Wexford beach taken during the summer, Kate said that she had the people of Wexford’s fond memories of the summertime at heart.
‘People are trying to recognise what beach it is and they have been asking me, but although I worked from a photograph, I changed the rocks and some other details.
‘Artists should be listening to their viewers and letting them have a bit of an input, but on this one I had to totally go with my own gut.
Although Kate thought about adding characters in the form of swimmers or beach goers, she thinks the piece works well as a stand alone image.
‘It feels like it’s working already as it makes people think of their favourite beaches during summer and sunny days, even in the rain,’ she said.
Although Kate said that the rain wasn’t a challenge when she was completing the work, with the days being shorter she had to try complete the mural quicker, but thankfully she got there in the end.
A spokesperson for Gorey Tidy Town’s complimented the latest mural saying ‘It highlights the scenic beauty of North Wexford’s beaches, made possible thanks to a community enhancement grant’.
This was the third mural commissioned by Gorey Tidy Towns this year. The Gorey 400 Mural, a view from
Clonattin painted in April by Kate Kos was funded by a community development grant, while the second, featuring the goat created by James Kirwan in September, was paid for by the Avenue Residents Association.
‘We are especially grateful to the residents for their generosity,’ said chairman Billy Halford.
‘It meant that we now have a very impressive art wall which we hope to complete with the help of another artist, when more funds come available.’
Artist Kate Kos with members of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District at Gorey’s Civic Square.
Artist Kate Kos with her new mural.