Local artist Mira Connolly loves discovering the nooks and crannies of the Borough and her work is concentrated around local scenes.
Connolly moved to Mile End 20 years ago and, after having been made redundant in 2010, attended several of Ginny Hawkes’ Art4U2 classes in printmaking and other media. Through this, she has discovered a love of painting and was shortlisted last year for the Royal Academy of Art’s prestigious Open Exhibition.
Current work particularly focuses on the greenery of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park which provides a wealth of ever-changing subject matter. She has also painted a number of ‘night-time’ paintings, intrigued by the mysterious interplay between light and dark. She paints in oils and uses a limited palette in order to provide balance and harmony to her work.
‘Painting Bow’ starts on Wednesday 1 December and runs until 25 January 2022. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
3 Reviews on “Painting Bow at Brady Arts & Community Centre”
This is a really great exhibit showcasing not only a superb artist, but some of the sights of our local area so beautifully. The views of the Cemetery Park in particular are stunning.
Following in the tradition of the East London Group from the 20s and 30s, Connolly has spent much of the last 2 Covid years capturing the East End, and Bow in particular, in the subtlety of her expressive and beautiful oils. Living as she does, very near Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park this location features strongly. The trees and the flora of the park are portrayed with great subtlety as well as features of some of the monuments. The Bow pictures are mostly of humble terraces rather than more imposing piles but depicted as most of them were, during her nighttime Covid walks, there is a great deal to enjoy in the nuances of light and shade she conjures up. An exhibition not to be missed.
A wonderfully evocative exhibition, highlighting different aspects of Bow, its streets, houses and parks revealed at different times of day and night; and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in the changing seasons – the monuments, trees, flowers and pathways beautifully captured in a range of moods and lights. Anyone who lives in and loves the area or simply appreciates good painting should definitely go and see these pictures and perhaps buy one too ( I did!) – there are also limited edition prints of some of the flower paintings which are great value.