The paintings of Brien Vahey

Continuing my taster to the Open Studios Event in a couple of weeks, I wanted to show you some works by painter Brien Vahey.

I have long been a fan of Brien’s paintings especially because of his subject matter and how he treats it – with his painterly strokes of happy colours.


‘Coliemore Harbour’ by Brien Vahey

Brien tackles landscapes and beachscapes, his use of colour capturing the sunlight kissing the sea or the hayfields and their surrounding hills. When I look at his paintings I can see them enhancing a room a thousandfold, imagine a room with pale grey walls and a well loved wooden rectory table in the middle surrounded by mismatching chairs …. with this on the wall above….


‘Tonlagee 6’ by Brien Vahey 

Brien also looks at everyday items and sees a still life where we would see none…


‘Bread and flour’ by Brien Vahey

Even a coal skuttle becomes a thing of beauty – I love the turquoise in this one – think of the colour this would introduce to a room!


‘Coal Skuttle’ by Brien Vahey

and then there are his gentle observations of what would seem ordinary  buildings


‘Ice cream shop 1’ by Brien Vahey

humble farm buildings become the centre of attention, and rightly so..


‘Farmyard Glencree’ by Brien Vahey

A piece of fine art is SUCH an important element to an interior – to me a room is incomplete without at least one strong artwork on the walls. This is what pulls a room together or, for many of my rooms, starts off ideas and colourways.

I am hosting an Open Studio Weekend at the home and studios of Brien & Grainne on the 15th & 16th of June – please contact me direct if you would like an invitation to an opportunity to meet the artists and view their works in situ. All works on display will be for sale.


2 thoughts on “The paintings of Brien Vahey

  1. Susan Morrison says:

    Hello–I’d love to be in touch with Brien Vahey, to inquire about possibly buying a picture. Susan Morrison, Editor, THE NEW YORKER

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