Bernard Canavan, 'Pub Lodgings'
Bernard Canavan is an artist whose work focusses on the experiences of the Irish in Britain in the 1950s and '60s. He has an exhibition entitled 'Exile World' in Galway - here's the link to it - and these two marvellous paintings from the exhibition are posted here with Bernard's blessing.
Bernard Canavan grew up in County Longford in the 1950s. He emigrated to England in 1959 with his father and worked in the usual unskilled emigrant labouring jobs on construction sites and in factories. He returned to work in Dublin as a graphic artist before finally settling in London as a freelance illustrator for the 1960s underground press: Oz, International Times, Cyclops, Black Dwarf and magazines such as New Society, Peace News and Tribune. He won a scholarship to Ruskin College Oxford in 1971 and later took a PPE degree at Worcester College, Oxford.
Bernard Canavan, 'Camden Girls'
There is both social bite and a rich humanity in Bernard's paintings. He is a fellow editor of History Workshop Journal, which is how I know him - and he has contributed the very striking cover designs which have helped make the Journal so distinctive.
There are more of Bernard's paintings featured at Saatchi online - again evocations of the Irish emigrant experience which he knows so well.
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