Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Etch a Sketch drawings of an adopted Wexford man

'The Jam' by Joel Whybrew.
'The Jam' by Joel Whybrew.

Maria Pepper

The Denis Collins Gallery on Wexford's Rowe Street is presenting a unique exhibition by artist Joel Whybrew who creates drawings using 'Etch a Sketch' as well as lion prints and sculptures.

The exhibition running from Saturday, August 20 to Saturday, September 10 will feature about 15 of his mini- masterpieces.

Joel is an illustrator and sculptor from Essex in England and after meeting a Wexford-born girl in London, he moved to the sunny south east in April of this year.

Since moving to Wexford, he has been focusing on his artwork while also being a regular fixture at Fusion Cafe's open mic nights with his 5-string banjo.

His favourite medium to work with is the classic children's toy 'Etch a Sketch' having discovered his talent for drawing with it a few years ago. Since then he has produced many drawings and even created his own version of the toy which enables him to save his illustrations and print them. After purchasing soaps and candles on North Main Street, he has also carved a series of sculptures based on Irish storytelling.

'I make artwork because I am inspired by everyday situations, role models, and the occasional hero from popular culture, both past and present,' he said.

"Etch A Sketch Artist!" will be officially opened with an afternoon of celebration on Saturday 20th August starting at 3.00pm and continuing until 5.30pm.

Gallery owner Denis Collins will introduce the work and speak about Joel's background. Joel will be there to talk about his work and play a few numbers on the banjo and there will be a showing of "Rainbow Quest - A Present for Pete", a documentary of Joel's journey to the USA to present a sculpture to the folk musician Pete Seeger.

Denis Collins extends an open invitation to drop in and see Joel Whybrew's art and celebrate with him.

Wexford People

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