photo © Izzy Collins

Greag Mac a’ tSaoir (pronounced GREG mak-a-TEER)

I grew up in a small Northern Irish town in the 1970s. It was a violent, repressive environment and music and art were the means of lifting yourself out of that environment, of preserving some semblance of sanity, of dignity. One of the threads of my work still addresses those dark times and as a whole the underlying themes in my work are restoring loss and affording dignity to those it has been taken from.

I have a vivid affinity with the little creatures we live among, the birds and the field animals, in much the same way as the mediaeval author of the Irish poem Buile Suibhne (beautifully translated by Seamus Heaney as Sweeney Astray), about the king who is cursed to live as a bird, describes a human shot through with a raw connection to the natural world. Broken birds, rabbits hit by cars may not seem like obvious inspiration for a painter but these fragile creatures deserve a voice and I’m happy to be their conduit.

I’ve exhibited widely in Ireland and at the Royal Sottish Academy and the Scottish National Gallery since moving to Scotland.

If you have any questions about my work or if you are interested in buying a piece, please feel free to get in touch by emailing me at folkslinger1963@gmail.com. Studio visits can be arranged by prior appointment.

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