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On Thursday 26th September, Form MVI and LVI Art and Design pupils attended an inspiring presentation by Francis McCrory.

Francis McCrory is one of Ireland’s most exciting young artists.  He is a former pupil of Belfast Royal Academy and a Fine Arts Graduate of the University of Ulster.  He has received awards for ‘Best Emerging Artist’, the Diageo Award in 2006, and again in 2007 with the prestigious KPMG Award for Best Emerging Artist at the Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition.  In 2011, Francis was honoured at the Belfast Media Groups annual ‘Top 40 Under 40’ ceremony at Queen’s University.

His first two shows at Belfast’s Belmont Tower and The Emer Gallery in 2012 were sell-outs.  The following year he had his first successful solo exhibition with Gormley’s Fine Art, whom he continues to exhibit with and he is already included in a number of major private collections.

His style is unique, powerful and challenging.  He creates breath-taking and poignant mixed media assemblages which compel the viewer to consider urban decay and neglect in a different light.

His painting and subject matter reflects his passion for studying city landscapes.  His most recent work depicts Electricityscapes and busy American city sidewalkers with the application of a vibrant, luminous colour palette.  Students and staff had the opportunity to view examples of his primary paintings and took part in a lively discussion of his work and experience.

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