A Wild Atlantic Way

Examines Enduring Attraction of Wild Atlantic Way to Artists for over 200 years

Features works by Shinnors, Teskey, Yeats, Lover, Hone, Souter and Jellett

Dates of Exhibition:   9 July – 3 October 2021

1 July, 2021

A painting, oil on canvas, entitled An Atlantic Drive, by Jack B. Yeats. The painting show four figures, the driver and three passengers on a side-car on the Atlantic Drive, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. They look out over the rough sea

An Atlantic Drive | Jack B Yeats | Irish | oil on canvas | 1944 | Hunt Museum |In Copyright Yeats Estate | Photographer: Justin Gawke)

The Hunt Museum’s summer exhibition “A Wild Atlantic Way” (opening on 9 July) gives visitors the chance to travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kinsale and experience the essence and soul of Ireland through a series of atmospheric and strikingly evocative paintings by 30 artists.

Featuring works created between 1800’s and 2019 by Irish born artists or artists drawn to Ireland by the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, this major exhibition accentuates traditional habits and ways of life – remembering people and history through painting.

The inspiration for the exhibition first came to Naomi O’Nolan, Head of Exhibitions at The Hunt Museum, when she spent time on the West Coast of Ireland during the first lockdown of 2020. She noted, “For centuries, the majestical West of Ireland and the uniqueness of its coastline has attracted artists from all over the world. This exhibition focuses on the allure of the West Coast of Ireland to artists both past and present and how they have captured the ways of life and customs of people living and working on the coastline as well as the power and the beauty of the land and seascape.”

The variety of artistic practice from the earliest work in the exhibition Samuel Lover’s The Kelp Burners (1835) to Donald Teskey’s ‘Turn in the Weather’ (2016) and John Shinnor’s portrayal of Loop Head (2019) bear testament to the enduring attraction of the West of Ireland to artists.

The theme of travel is further illustrated with a selection of illustrated travel books by artists and travellers from the 19th century to today. “A Wild Atlantic Way” offers a glimpse into how artists viewed and still view the West and the different approaches they take when responding to it, through their mastery in many different styles and techniques.

The exhibition is very timely given Limerick has just been designated as a Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City by Failte Ireland.

Jill Cousins, Director, The Hunt Museum, said “As Limerick seeks to create new and improved visitor experiences, we’re delighted to present this major exhibition, endorsed by Failte Ireland and linked to Limerick’s new designation as a Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City.   It will  give visitors another reason to visit the city. With so many themes explored and works by very well-known artists, this staycation-inspired exhibition really has something for everyone.”

A show of both national and international significance, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 works, many from private collections which are not normally available for public viewing, together with some pertinent pieces from National Cultural Institutions.

Over the summer, The Hunt Museum will have lots of events and activities to support the exhibition including: Family workshops, En Plein Air with local artists such as John Shinnors and Charlie Harper, a Masterclass in Landscape painting with Joseph Kelly, Podcasts by experts and the living artists alongside online lectures and talks.



Adults €10, Children go Free. Booking is essential to comply with Covid19 restrictions. You can book tickets online www.huntmuseum.com or by calling (061) 312 833.

For media information:

Edwina Gore, Gore Communications, 087 6295323 or Aileen Eglington, 087 2505007


For further information: 

Alisson Rocha, The Hunt Museum, Limerick.  Tel 083 823 5296 email: alisson@huntmuseum.com


About the Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century. Generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is now housed in Limerick’s 18th Century Palladian style building, formerly The Custom House.


  • The Long Road (Connemara funeral) by Gerard Dillon
  • St. Mac Dara’s pattern by Diarmuid O Ceallachain
  • A Fair Day, Roundstone by Maurice MacGonigal
  • Turn in the Weather by Donald Teskey
  • Lisheen by William Crozier
  • Achill Village, County Mayo by Eva Hamilton
  • Cottage Interior, Connemara by Maurice Wilks
  • Night at Claddagh by Lilian Davidson
  • Self Portrait on Western Shore by Daniel O’Neill
  • Resting Tinkers by Gerard Dillon
  • Achill Horses by Mainie Jellett
  • A Connemara Girl by Augustus Burke
  • Tory Gully by Derek Hill
  • 12 Bens by Paul Henry
  • The Gathering by Maurice MacGonigal
  • Turf Gatherer by Sean Keating
  • Waiting for the Tide by Sean Keating
  • Hearing the news by Charles Lamb
  • Kelp Gatherers by Samuel Lover
  • Inish Tearaght, West Coast of Ireland (1883) by Richard Brydges Beechey
  • Cows by a Stream, Cloudy day, near Kilkee, Co Clare by Nathaniel Hone (1831- 1917)
  • Waves & Rocks, by Bundoran Nathaniel Hone
  • Unloading the turf Connemara by Thomas Rose Miles
  • Headline at Kilgalligan ll by Pat Harris
  • Atlantic 2004 by Mary Lohan
  • Old Dugort, Achill Island by Sarah Purser
  • Under the Mountains of Mayo by Letitia Hamilton
  • View of Kinsale by Patrick Hennessy
  • Westcoast, Tralee Bay near Castlegregory by Jack B Yeats
  • Western Boatmen by Lilian Davidson
  • Allihies Village 1976 by Tim Goulding
  • The Gap of Dunloe Bartholomew by Colles Watkins
  • Morning Light, Aughrus Bay (1981) by Barbara Warren
  • Galway Girl by Alfred Fripp
  • Flying Over the Shannon Estuary by Camille Souter
  • Gorteen by George Campbell
  • Mass in a Connemara Cabin by Aloysius O Kelly


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