New electrical box paintings pay homage to Cork legends 

New electrical box paintings pay homage to Cork legends 
Daniel Corkery tribute painting by Kevin O'Brien on the Old Youghal Road.

After finishing his portrait of Cork sculptor, Seamus Murphy back in November, artist Kevin O'Brien has now finished the trilogy of paintings.

Kevin, who is a co-founder of volunteer art group, Mad About Cork, explained the significance behind each of the works.

Seamus Murphy tribute painting on an electricity box in St Luke's. Created by artist Kevin O'Brien.
Seamus Murphy tribute painting on an electricity box in St Luke's. Created by artist Kevin O'Brien.

"Each person was chosen because of their association with Brian Dillon's and because of the positive impact they made on their community. 

"Daniel Corkery was president of the club from 1931-64 and a teacher in different schools around Cork, including St Patrick's Boys School on Gardiner Hill. 

"He would have a great influence on many pupils in the area and Seamus Murphy and the writer Frank O'Connor are just to of the most prominent figures that he would have encouraged and influenced in their careers," he said.

Paul O'Leary tribute painting by artist Kevin O'Brien on the Old Youghal Road.
Paul O'Leary tribute painting by artist Kevin O'Brien on the Old Youghal Road.

"Paul O'Leary then is well known for his wonderful rendition of the famous Leeside song 'Beautiful City' and is a much-respected former Hurler for Dillon's, while Seamus Murphy is one of Ireland's greatest and most prolific sculptors and his work can be seen right across the city and country," Kevin continued.

Kevin expressed his gratitude toward Dillion's GAA for commissioning him to do the work.

"It was great to be able to pay a small homage to each of them with these paintings," he told The Echo

Each of the portraits take a couple of days to prep and Kevin explains that the bulk of the work is done off-site, sketching and making stencils.

After this is done, the portraits take 2-3 hours to complete.

For Kevin, brightening up the city with creative artwork is always a pleasure.

"While it can get cold working on the outdoor paintings, particularly over the winter months, the end product always makes it worthwhile and it's lovely that so many people stop and show an interest when I'm out working," he said.

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