Hugh McIlfatrick Gallery

Hugh McIlfatrick Gallery Artist at Hugh taught English and Drama at Portora Royal School before deciding to paint full time in 1985.

"There was always that niggling taunt 'those who can, do...' and although I have always had the utmost respect for the gifted teacher, when you spend your working days in the rooms and halls where Wilde and Beckett spent their time it is inspirational and I think you eventually have to 'do'." Although Hugh had started down the literary road and had seen various poetry and stories in print, it was

painting that engrossed him - encouraged by the Art master, Douglas Hutton from Fife. "Douglas, like myself, a boarding master, thought he had found the perfect way to keep our boarders out of the Enniskillen pubs on a Friday night. He got them involved in an art-club and very enjoyable and productive it proved to be. I agreed to come along, probably to count heads and seek out the absentees but I became fascinated by Douglas's oil paintings on little gesso panels. That was it - writing out-painting in!"
Hugh has his work in many private collections world wide and works from his Ballymoney studio. In recent times he has made a return to writing and hopes to do something with a stage-play 'Shamlet the Wean' an Ulster Scots parody and a novel entitled 'Who Are We Today?' a sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing look at the Irish art world - the saints and the rogues - as seen through the eyes of an artist with seventeen pseudonyms.


19, Kilraughts Road





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