Jim Kilgarriff’s inspiration and source of his material comes mainly from the costal environment of North Co. Dublin. The ever-changing interaction of sea, wind and shore provide a constant mine of possibilities. The finished pieces, mainly in acrylic
on canvas or paper, explore the detailed weathering of shell shards and strata patterned stones. The awesome serpentine shapes, which make up the cliffs at Loughshinny are another source of visual excitement. Although not landscapes, Jim’s work reflects the texture and feel of the lovely place he lives. Small local details, eroded forms which evolve through wind and tide on the seashore, echo the grandeur of canyons and mountains. The patterns, colour and texture of broken shell, stone and rusty metal reflect the rhythm of sea and wind and are landscapes in themselves. The wonder of God’s creation revealed in the small and intimate.
Jim, an Art teacher in Rush, Co. Dublin for 29 years has had successful exhibitions in the Daffodil Gallery, Skerries; Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; The Clotworthy Art Gallery, Co. Antrim; Rush Library, Co. Dublin.