Cathal Manning Exhibition “A Way of Life”

Opens 2pm from 6th November until the 28th of November at The Kildare Gallery

As a child, Cathal Manning grew up on the North side of Dublin to parents from farming backgrounds in the West of Ireland. He spent his school holidays returning to his parent’s home place from the late 1970s and right through the 80s. Cathal adored these times and fell in love with the way of life that existed then. He was intrigued as to how the environment and way of life contrasted so much with that of his surroundings in Dublin, how the landscape and colours of West Kerry contrasted with the opaque tones of the city.

In the villages where his grandparents were living, life was simple. Most were living off the land where they had a small number of livestock. Some of the neighbours lived in houses without electricity or running water. He worked with his grandparents, uncles and neighbours on the farms. By nightfall, if he was not heading out with his parents to the village pubs, he would gather in friend’s houses, chat and play cards. Life was very simple for most.

As Cathal says: “The memories I have of these times along with the stories about life from my parent’s childhood I hold dearly and enjoy trying to keep alive through painting. The colours used in the paintings are how I remember rural life from childhood memories. My paintings are created with oil freely applied to a stretched canvas board, completed entirely with a palette knife.”

VIP magazine had this to say about the ongoing Cathal Manning Exhibition, “A Way of Life”:

We got stuck in a moment looking at these Cathal Manning’s paintings
which are all about the best of country life: friendship; deals on a handshake;
the earth being farmed. View his collection from November 6th at The
Kildare Gallery, Carton House.

VIP Magazine


The exhibition will continue until 28th November.

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Artwork at the exhibition

About Cathal Manning

Cathal Manning is a self-taught oil painter based in Dublin, Ireland. His paintings are created with oil, freely applied to a stretched canvas board, completed entirely with a palette knife. Many of his paintings capture images of Irish landscapes and the more traditional Irish way of life. Cathal also produces portraits of various musicians, actors and other artists from both the past and present, as well as completing private commissions. These limited edition prints are printed on museum quality paper and are blind stamped and their provenance is assured by unique number paired holograms applied to both the print and the certificate of authenticity.