Friday, November 26, 2010
Richard Hearns is an up and coming North County Dublin artist. I attended the opening of his current exhibition "Like a River Flows" in Fingal County Council's offices in Swords last night. The mayor of Fingal did the honours. The work is quite diverse, mostly still life; he obviously has talent. Personally, I think he needs to settle on a style. I see elements of Yeats and Roderic O'Conor in his work but other smaller pictures look a little clunky. I wouldn't be mad about his framing style, which can make or break a painting for me. The exhibition is free and runs until 16th December. It's in the lobby of Fingal County Hall, which in itself is a building worth seeing. Built on the site of Swords town park, it was controversial but I like it. The lobby is all glass with exposed steelwork and has lovely light, even at night.