Eight years after the widely acclaimed, biography of ?Achill?s Eva O?Flaherty, Author Mary J. Murphy returns once more to her beloved island, this time to explore its rich history of painters. “Achill Painter” celebrates the intriguing story of Belgian expressionist Marie Howet?s fifty-three year love affair with the island through her friendships with art doyenne O?Flaherty and the Burke family of Dooagh.
Its contents include the 1830s paintings of William Evans of Eton right up to the contemporary work of so many
?talented island-connected painters.
This is the first time that so many names of Achill
painters have been gathered together, and the book has an expansive appeal for both the general reader and for anyone who has ever been stricken by Achill?s inexplicable but hypnotic magneticism. Compiled by a writer who has been going to the island for decades, and driven by her ongoing obsession with the life of Caherlistrane-born Eva O?Flaherty, this is Mary J. Murphy?s impressive homage to what Percy French – an Achill painter too – called ?the island of my dreams?.
With charm, exuberance, and not a little courage, this unique compilation sets out to blend seamlessly both art and island history.