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Ruin in Late Summer Three Boats on a Sunday Morning Willow Overlooking Lough Gartan

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Cornelius Browne

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Cornelius Browne " Weathering "

The plein air landscapes of Cornelius Browne faithfully capture the ever-shifting atmosphere and light of West Donegal. His exhibition at the McKenna Gallery in Omagh this autumn finds poetry in country lanes, islands, wind and rain, boats, cows, ruins, cottages, trees, fields, sea and sky. These paintings also explore the experience of painting outside, in the midst of nature, the artist becoming another element in the landscape, the solitude of the observing self.

 Born in Glasgow in 1968, during the 1980's Cornelius Browne was mentored by Derek Hill after the renowned artist became particularly interested in the teenage painter's plein-air Donegal landscapes. From 1987 to 1992 Cornelius studied painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, graduating with an honours degree in Fine Art, and selling his entire degree show to David Britton, director at Adams Auctioneers.

Cornelius has exhibited paintings at the RHA Gallery and The Frederick Gallery in Dublin, and more recently at the Glebe Gallery in Donegal. He was included in two surveys of new contemporary art from Donegal, Fresh Cuts at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny, and the Earagail Arts Festival exhibition The Third Place. Since the 1990's Cornelius has had a large-scale suite of paintings on permanent display in the foyer of The Hydro Hotel in Lisdoonvarna.

Cornelius worked for almost a decade at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, during which time he was also arts editor of the literary review InCognito. Cornelius is also a published writer who was accepted onto the Trinity College creative writing programme by esteemed playwright and Booker Prize nominee Thomas Kilroy; subsequently Cornelius had a short story included in the book Krino: Best New Irish Fiction. Cornelius was twice shortlisted for RTE/Film Base Screenplay Awards, and has worked as a production designer for film and television.

Presently Cornelius is writing his first novel, developing a feature film which he intends to co-direct, and working on a series of paintings tracking the seasons over the course of a year on an island off the Donegal coast.

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