Covid-19 and the two lockdowns since March have had a devastating impact on artists and craftspeople throughout the country. Shannon artist Dominic McNamara, has found 2020 extremely difficult financially. His last public exhibition was back in February in the People's Museum of Limerick with no opportunity to showcase his work since.
One of his paintings, ‘A Silent Tear’, strikes a very poignant chord and has attracted much positive comment from passers bye while on display in SkyCourt.
According to Dominic it’s a personal tribute to the bravery and selflessness of frontline health workers and “it gives an idea of how I thought they might feel as they go about their work”.
He added, “People were dying from this pandemic all around them, their own colleagues were getting sick from the virus and I would imagine this was one of the toughest jobs possible, given that so many people could be so sick at any one time.”
Normally this is a time of year when galleries and other facilities play host to many art exhibition, but this is no normal year.
Still, Dominic remains hopeful that the present lockdown will have a real impact on containing the virus thus allowing for some chance to make a few sales before Christmas.
Dominic McNamara’s work is available through a number of websites including New Irish Art, Inis Artists and his own Facebook page.
Photograph by Eugene McCafferty on 23/10/2020
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