An File (The Poet), Micheal O Gaoithin, The Blasket Painter

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9781843518556

Collected here for the first time are 55 of the best of O Gaoithin's paintings and drawings, accompanied by written responses to the work by novelist Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and art historian Catherine Marshall.
O Gaoithin, Micheal (1904-74), poet and writer in Irish, was born 3 January 1904 on the Great Blasket island, one of the six surviving children of renowned storyteller Peig Sayers and her husband, Padraig 'Flint' O Guithin, a small farmer and fisherman. He became a fisherman after finishing primary school and worked on the family farm until around 1930 when he decided to follow his other siblings to Boston in search of work. Failing to find a job and being in poor health, he soon returned to Ireland. His interest in literature and folklore began at an early age and like his mother, Peig, he was a renowned storyteller. Approximately six years before he died he took an interest in painting and drawing with the encouragement of the artist Maria Simonds-Gooding. A number of his paintings appeared in an exhibition entitled 'An ghaeltacht bheo' which opened on 8 May 1974. Collected here for the first time are 55 of the best of O Gaoithin's paintings and drawings, accompanied by written responses to the work by novelist Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and art historian Catherine Marshall.
Maria Simonds-Gooding has been identified as one of Ireland's foremost painters and printmakers to have emerged since the Sixties. Her work, which has been exhibited internationally, is represented in many public and private collections, including those of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Born in India in 1939, Maria Simonds-Gooding studied at the National College of Art, Dublin, Le Centre de Peinture, Bruxelles, Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, UK from 1962-68 and has lived and worked in Kerry since 1947. She was elected a member of Aosdana in 1981 and was elected full membership of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2012.


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