Time Stood Still: Award-winning Limerick artist launches life-drawing exhibition

The “Time Stood Still” figure-drawing exhibition launched by John Shinnors, took place on Wednesday, October 24 at Central Buildings Gallery, O’Connell Street.

A total of 52 works of life-drawing by the Limerick Figure Drawing Society (LFDS) were displayed in the exhibition.

Photo: Dixon Tang, Limerick Voice

John Shinnors, an award-winning Limerick artist and contemporary Irish abstract landscape and genre scene painter, attended the exhibition and shared his stories about painting with visitors.

John said: “As long as we have pencil, we don’t care.”

John Shinnors at the event. Photo: Dixon Tang, Limerick Voice

He enthusiastically spoke with each of the visitors to introduce and discuss the painting and the activities.

This annual event will be continued by LFDS from this month, according Mark Heng, who founded the non-profit group in 2011 to promote life-drawing.

“Our mission is to provide affordable quality life drawing sessions to the people of Limerick and to promote life drawing as an art form,” Mark added.

John Shinnors and guests. Photo: Dixon Tang, Limerick Voice

This is the fourth exhibition of LFDS, with next year’s exhibition taking place in University of Limerick.

When asked about the source of the theme, “Time Stood Still” , Mark said: “When you are drawing, time does disappear and stands still because drawing exists out of time and you are communing with something as eternal.”

Eamon Farrell, a visitor of the exhibition, said: “The exhibition is quite good and impressive. It enhances and improves the culture and brings people together.”

Photo: Dixon Tang, Limerick Voice

In addition to the LFDS’s life drawing exhibition, they will facilitate a two-hour free portrait drawing workshop for citizens on October 29.

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