Exhibition by Durrus artist at Hosford's

BY LEO McMAHON

THERE’S a wonderful assortment of oil paintings at very affordable prices by Durrus-based artist Roy Aitken on exhibition all this month in the Blue Geranium Café at Hosford’s Garden Centre, just off the N71 highway between Bandon and Clonakilty.

Roy AitkenSince retiring to West Cork in 1998, Roy has enjoyed a new lease of life as an artist of distinction and this is his second one-month solo show at Hosford’s.

His 19 original oil paintings feature seascapes including Fastnet Rock lighthouse at evening and in summer, the Old Head of Kinsale, a red sunset and a sea cave. There are Irish cottages, including one very fetching view of an overgrown homestead and a turf carrier. Animal lovers will enjoy pictures of a playful dog, a cat, a kingfisher with its catch and a two-set of swans. You’ll see a painting of a ballerina and the exhibition also features two sets of three paintings of scenes in West Cork and seascapes.

Roy no doubt gets great inspiration from residing at Dunmanus Bay with his wife Joan. Self-taught, he is an admirer of the works of wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd and American seascape artist EA Robinson but told The Southern Star that some of the paintings are just from out of his head. A regular visitor to West Cork for over 40 years, he is a native of Gateacre near Liverpool and for 45 years ran his business Roy Aitken Sewing Machines Services. A keen fisherman, he is a waterkeeper with Ilen Angling Club, Skibbereen.

Roy, who was accompanied by his daughter Claire and huband David Dukelow, a native of Bandon, paid special thanks to John Hosford and said he welcomes enquiries for commissions at 027-61337. The exhibition runs until July 31st.

Hosford’s Garden Centre holds exhibitions every month and special events nearly every weekend.

On the same day we met Betty Smith with her newly launched Béal na mBláth authentic Poitín Marmalade and near neighbour of Hosford’s, Maureen Winterbottom, with lovely homemade cakes and tarts at the food market.

Roy Aitken is a member of Carbery Arts Group headed by Barry Dawkes, which will be exhibiting at Hosford’s in August.

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