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Artist of the Month March 2018 - Colin McGookin

Monday 5th March 2018 at 10am

The 39 Steppes by Colin McGookin Image: The 39 Steppes by Colin McGookin

Colin McGookin is from Belfast, and is a noted Artist, Photographer, Workshop Facilitator, and Curator.

Colin graduated in fine art from the University of Ulster in 1981. He was a founding member of Queen Street Studios, and was elected to the Royal Ulster Academy in 1989. He has received numerous prizes and awards for his work, and exhibits widely in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and internationally. 

The 39 Steppes by Colin McGookin is included in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Created with acrylic paint, with pen and ink on canvas, the piece is part of an ongoing series of works called ‘The Money Trees’. The title of this work is a reference to both the film/book ‘The 39 Steps’, and events in Russia and Ukraine where munitions and wreckage were dropped from the skys onto the surrounding landscape following the coup d’etat in Kiev.

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