John Keating with his "Wicklow Waterfall"

John Keating with his “Wicklow Waterfall” (photo Liam Madden)

The Water Colour Society of Ireland’s 158th show, Ireland’s largest exhibition of watercolours opened today (Sunday 23rd September) in County Hall Dun Laoghaire. The opening was well attended with many of the artists present.

More than 290 paintings in watercolour, gouache and pastels, as well as drawings and prints, will be on sale to the public this year. The exhibition presents a diversity of art with an immense variety of styles and subjects in watercolours, the most difficult of artistic media.

The choice of subjects includes landscapes, seascapes, still life, portraits, animal and floral studies, as well as botanical and architectural work, in representational, contemporary and abstract treatments. Most works are priced around €350 – €850.

Artist Neil Shawcross with his niece Carole Cromer at the exhibition opening

Artist Neil Shawcross with his niece Carole Cromer at the exhibition opening (photo Liam Madden)

Artist Thomas Wilson with one of his paintings at the exhibition opening

Artist Thomas Wilson with one of his paintings at the exhibition opening (photo Liam Madden)

Laura Jean Cronin with her K&M Evans award winning painting 'Jenny'

Laura Jean Cronin with her K&M Evans award winning painting ‘Jenny’ (photo Liam Madden)

Nell McCafferty with Aidan Doyle and Tony Strickland

Nell McCafferty with Aidan Doyle and Tony Strickland (photo Liam Madden)

The exhibition continues until Saturday 6th October.