Mallie on The Arts from Ross’s: with artist Paddy McCann

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In this week’s Arts show from Ross’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Belfast, I am delighted to be joined by artist Paddy McCann.

South Armagh painter McCann, despite having left his beloved hills around Clady decades ago, still mines gold through paint and memory.

A shy man with a hawk’s eye for detail and observation, McCann continues to draw from his memory bank of people and places such as ‘Bridge House’ (in which he was reared), still the epicentre of his universe.

He is a painter who digs deeply into his own consciousness, dredging up a lost image of a tree, a rainbow, a forest or a character with whom he shared an intimate moment.

The Belfast based artist is fundamentally a maker of figurative works pursuing ‘seductive marks’, as he walks in the footsteps of one of his heroes, Philip Guston.

Paddy joined me at Ross’s to discuss his life as a painter:







For more information on Paddy McCann please visit the following galleries:


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