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John gave me insight to his work: “I was born in 1943 and spent part of my childhood on a small farm in Ballyhay, a very rural place in Northern Ireland. Life was very primitive in those days but I was happy there and have used memories of it in many of my paintings.”
Well, I ventured out to Ballyhay on Google maps early this morning, and kept on the Killaughey Road all the way to Donaghadee and the shore of the Irish Sea. That was the furthest I have traveled from my village in a long life, and I got there and I saw all the people and the cars and the many distractions. It was so good and all so unnecessary. I sang songs to myself all the way back down the Killaughey Road.
I want Ballyhay. I want the hundred seasons of the year to turn. I want everyone to stop, retreat, and begin again, to be born again , as the psychoanalyst Erich Fromm advised. I would (and might) take a bank loan out to buy the entire exhibition at Quintus because I need to be reminded how quickly my mind can turn to want what other men and women want and need to cherish the life they live on earth.
Learn to love painting by people you like to know because they remind a mind cut up into pieces that it is never alone and it’s never to late to stop pretending it is.