Paintings and Bronze – Castings remain on Exhibition

After the extremely successful Open Day at Derrylane Flax Mills on Saturday, September 12th which saw the opening of an exhibition with paintings by iconic German artist Ula Richter (Dortmund) and Irish bronze caster Charlie Mallon (Moneymore), news just came that the very in demand exhibition will remain in the mill cottage until October 4th.Marion Baur, owner of County Derry’s only active linen-weaving mill spoke to Ula Richter: “She is delighted about the very successful opening last Saturday and is letting us keep the paintings until the 4th of October. We are very glad about this, it means that some of the many people who couldn’t get into the booked out opening will now be able to view the paintings and indeed the castings.”Ursula Richter was born in Göttingen, studied painting and graphic design in Hannover and Berlin.

Now resident in Dortmund, the 80-year-old is still as active in anti-racist movements and involved in “Dortmund gegen rechts” (Dortmund against the right, a broad movement against neo-Nazis).

Amongst the 12 pictures on exhibition is the famous “Familie Schnoog”, a depiction of a family murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp.

After October 4th the paintings which haven’t been sold will go back to Germany for an exhibition.

Charlie Mallon’s bronze castings are at large inspired by Celtic Mythology. The combination of Richter’s paintings and Mallon’s castings makes for a fascinating and unique mix.

Marion Baur: “Both his mystic motives from the Celtic twilight and her anti-racist and anti-war motivated painting have elements of dreaming about a better world. The two master artists meet here through their work – the 250-year-old mill cottage is a suitable environment for that, we think. It’s very honouring to be able to host two artists of this class.”

People who would like to see the exhibition would be advised to let the organisers know in advance. Both individuals and small groups are very welcome but space in the cottage is limited.

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