17 June to 2 September 2017
F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, County Down
The Pursuit of Happiness, a stunning new exhibition by local artist Eddie Rafferty opens to the public on Saturday 17 June. Featuring prints, drawings, paintings and collages the exhibition depicts the people and places that Eddie has encountered at home and abroad, particularly in South Africa where he worked as an artist in residence.
Some of the earliest works in this exhibition are a series of colour lithographs depicting nostalgic subjects including Banbridge’s long demolished Art Deco cinema and Gilford Pigeon Club. These local scenes are depicted in a playful folk-art aesthetic that is in stark contrast to the fine draughtsmanship seen in later etchings, particularly the series of large in heads of young men, made from life in South Africa.