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The fourth and final print in our series of works from artists associated with the Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery is “Starlings Resting” by Tony O’Loughlin, a five-color silk screen print on Fabriano paper. Measuring 50 cm × 50 cm, the print is one of a print run of twenty produced in 2015.
O’Loughlin, b. 1952, studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design and has been drawing, painting, and conceptualizing ideas all his life; for many decades he was employed in advertising and was the founder and principal of his own graphic design company before turning to a fine arts practice some five years ago. He has since shown his work at such venues as the Galway Fringe Festival and in Limerick’s Hunt Museum. He identifies the broad terms of “man and his environment”—that is, “how we interact with each other, our planet, and how we have a negative response”—as the governing preoccupation of his work. In its intense use of color and the bold stripes that serve as a background, “Starlings at Rest” seems an extension of the artist’s training in graphic design, in a manner that is somewhat evocative of David Hockney’s late work.
Limerick Printmakers provides facilities for artists to make prints using a variety of methods including etching, lithography, silkscreen, relief and mono-print. Artists join on a membership basis and can avail of various different levels of access from daily to yearly.
We thank Tony O’Loughlin and the staff of Limerick Printmakers, especially its manager, Jessica Tobin, for permission to reproduce this image and for kind assistance in composing this and earlier notes. [End Page 75]