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Casting Shadows

Fergal MacCabe revels in being a throwback to an older era when architectural rendering was all about pencils, penmanship and rulers and cheerfully admits to an inability to come to terms with advances in architectural science and technology and sophisticated computer aided design packages.

Aras an Chontae, Tullamore

16th October to 31st October 2014

MacCabe has remained true to his trade and art form and his illustrations of buildings and topographical drawings are much sought after.

Now based in Dublin, the built heritage of McCabe’s home county of Offaly has continued to inspire him and this exhibition in Tullamore features drawings of well known Dublin architectural ensembles, elevational renderings of Offaly buildings of architectural merit and several capriccii displaying well known buildings of both locations. “In a Capricco,” explains McCabe, “sometimes familiar buildings are relocated to unfamiliar settings to allow a reappraisal of their qualities. In the early Renaissance the capriccio was a device used to promote or explore the concept of the ideal or Utopian city” and his composite rendering of Offaly buildings is a fascinating aspect of the exhibition.

He has won the Sullivan Graphics prize for his "Dublin Capriccio" and he is also the winner of the Georgian Society's award for his original drawing of Dublin Castle. Fergal MacCabe studied at the School of Architecture U.C.D. from 1957 to 1963 and continues to practice his draughtsmanship and watercolour techniques to depict buildings of the Classical style.

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