I am in no way an art buff. I'm not an art anything in fact. But I do like to have a look around these places, even just to seem a little cultured to the store assistant who can obviously seen through my nods of appreciation.
From the outside it looks a little more commercial to other galleries in the area. It always has advertisements in its windows, stating silly pointless things that you should already expect to find in a gallery (not signs saying 'pretty paintings!' but close enough). The price range clearly shows that the stuff here really is for someone who wants to make a serious commitment. Paying 4/5 hundred pounds for a painting the size of my palm is the biggest commitment anyone can make in my opinion!
The Eakin Gallery occupies the more commercial end of the fine art market with eyecatching pictures of local landscapes and figures. Names which came up when I visited included Hamilton Sloan (local landscapes), Terry Bradley (paintings of bold, tattooed, alternative types) and George Callaghan (strange, stylised illustrative landscape) and some of the highly popular cow paintings by Paul Bell.
The paintings are vivid, straightforward and a little garish for some people's taste. In relation to the serious art investment market the prices are not colossal - typically £1,000 or more, though considerable of course.
This is a pleasant and welcoming enough gallery in an old townhouse spread over two floors and the owners - it's evidently a family business - are friendly. Although the pictures I saw were not really my thing the day I went, they probably change with frequency and there's no harm in having a look anytime.
Irish Art Paintings by Conor,Craig,Henry,Yeats,French,Wilks,McKelvey etc
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