Photos with thanks to Pat Shortall
St Canice’s Neighbourhood hall was the venue for the launch of Davy Holohan’s art exhibition ‘Reflections on a life’.
A son of Peig O’ Brien from Greenshill and of Johnstown’s Eddie Holohan, Daithi has a wide and varied CV. Having attended Kilkenny CBS primary and secondary school he made his first foray into employment as an apprentice goldsmith with Rudolf Heltzel.
Traditional values resonated and he spent a year in Connemara studying Gaelic language and culture.
He did a pre-diploma course in the National College of Art and Design and then completed his studies in the Fine Art Department under the guidance of faculty head Campbel Bruce.
He was awarded a scholarship to Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He taught Life Drawing in Liberties Vocational School.
As a portrait artist Daithi is exemplary, and is perhaps its foremost exponent. Daithi treats his subjects with humanity and yet there is a depth and subtlety to be observed.
Attending the launch were neighbours from Wolfe Tone Street and Assumption place, fellow artists, members of the theatre fraternity, local councillors and representatives from the Fr McGrath centre.
Members of his family also attended including his daughter Shauna to whom the exhibition is dedicated.
At the launch Davy thanked all those attending for the support they had shown and he paid special thanks to Jenny Cooke and the staff at the community hall, particularly Eddie and Chris.