Stunning outdoor mural unveiled in Cork bar

Stunning outdoor mural unveiled in Cork bar
Finbar McHugh at work on his mural for Impala on Liberty Street.

THE outdoor area of a Cork bar known for its stylish decor, Impala on Liberty Street, has been given a colourful makeover. 

The stunning mural was created by Galway based artist, Finbar McHugh who created the piece over two days. 

Finbar McHugh pictured with his mural at Impala on Liberty Street.
Finbar McHugh pictured with his mural at Impala on Liberty Street.

Finbar, who spent a lot of his youth down in Cork at White Street car park says he is very inspired by street art and in particular, the vibrancy of the colours used.

“I have been painting for 15 years,” Finbar told The Echo. "I have a BA in Visual Communications from Limerick School of Art and Design but I first began to hone my craft through my love of graffiti.

"I have a great social connection to Cork as I used to travel down quite frequently when I was a teenager to spray paint in the graffiti car park." 

Finbar’s incredible mural, which features splashes of colour on a dark background is an homage to the artist’s early love of graffiti and vibrant colours. 

“All of my work is abstract. I’m intrigued by colour and feeling and our inner world’s connection to the universe.” “I think I have always been able to see extra colour in the world around us.” 

Explaining how the opportunity to work on a piece for Impala arose, Finbar explained that his studio in Woodquay is located just beside a sister pub of Impala’s called Caribou, which he often frequents.

“Caribou has got the same kind of vibe as Impala and Shane Clifford (Director at Impala) had spotted a piece of mine which he asked me to emulate in Impala.” 

This new work of art is the latest in many impressive murals the city has seen in the last few months. 

These include Shane O’Driscoll’s eye catching piece on Caroline Street, The Kingfisher mural on the Lavitt’s Quay entrance to Paul St car park by Curtis Hylton and Fintan McGee’s Migrant Woman on the side wall of Bishop Lucey Park.

The latter is a work which Finbar said he was “blown away by”. 

“There’s a fantastic culture of street art in Cork," he said. "The city is a hub of creativity." 

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