Claire Guinan Art Exhibition

14/08/2019 - NEWS - “Heart and Soul: Portraits of Irish Musicians” - Exhibition opens this evening at the Irish Rock n’ Roll Museum/The Button Factory and runs until January 2020. Pictured is artist Claire Guinan with her portrait of Phil Lynott amongst other pieces in the exhibition. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times


The museum is delighted to house an exhibition by Irish artist Claire Guinan. Heart and Soul: Portraits of Irish Musicians, is a collection of large-scale portraits of prominent figures from the Irish music scene. She met all the sitters so that she could capture them in a more relaxed and natural environment. The musicians featured are spread over different genres of Irish music: Christy Dignam, Mick Flannery, Gavin Friday, Imelda May, John Sheahan, Damien Dempsey, Lisa Hannigan, Paul Brady, Conor O’Brien, Cathy Davey, Gavin James, Mundy and the Coronas.

The newest edition to her collection is a portrait of Thin Lizzy’s legendary front man, Phil Lynott. She visited his mother Philomena in her home in Howth. She first met Philomena on the 14th of February where she gave Claire a selection of negatives that had never been seen before along with other references. After Claire mentioned that she was also a jewellery designer she asked Claire if she would recreate two pieces of jewellery that Phil used to wear, a silver heart and disc pendant and a bracelet. On Claire’s second visit Philomena picked which photo she wanted her to work on and gave her the final measurements for the jewellery. Both Philomena and Graham voiced that they would like the painting to unveiled to mark what would have been Phil’s 70th birthday, the 20th of August. Philomena sadly passed away before the portrait and jewelley were completed.

The exhibition opened on the 14th of August by Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press. The centre piece was the portrait of Phil Lynott, “Still in Love with you”. Phil wears both the heart pendant and bracelet in his portrait. A limited number of 70 prints were made to celebrate Philip’s 70th birthday. Prints of all the portraits and the jewellery are available in the shop or through Claire’s website and social media, Claire Guinan Art on Facebook and claire_guinan on Instagram. The exhibition continues until January 2020.