Issue 216
Spring 2021

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May 15, 2021

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A painter who delivers

BORN INTO a family of 13, the youngest son of six boys and seven girls, it was never going to be easy to stand out in the crowd.

But for West Cork painter Danny Vincent Smith – discovering his great talent for painting was not just a solace from the pressures of living in a small space with such a large family – it has led him to become one of Southern Ireland's most popular and in demand artists – with a burgeoning Instagram following and collectors around the world from USA to Germany.

His first exhibition was in 2000 at The Grain Store in Kilcrohane. He has also shown at The Lovit Gallery in Cork, The Boat house Gallery in Kinsale, The Adrigole Gallery in Adrigole, and the Purcell Gallery in Kenmare.

Danny's painting of seascapes, lighthouses, racehorses and typical Irish characters, from violin players to old mams walking along the street with their shopping evoke a magical Ireland of indigo blues and sweeping cloudless skies.

He often used to travel around the countryside in his Camper van (pre lockdown obviously) with his paints to capture more scenes at first light.

Danny has lived all his life in Bantry apart from a couple of years spent in Streatham, South London as a school boy. He is looking forward to showing his work next year and possible exhibitions are looming in Germany and Amsterdam.

As well as being a prolific painter – he has painted over 400 paintings in the past 20 years – he is also a postman by trade.

"I do the early morning shift – the walk, and I love it – I start at 7am and finish my post shift at 1 pm – And after that it's all painting", he explained. "Being a postman allows me a bit of flexibility in the rest of the day.

"The problem now is we are running out of space to put the paintings. The garden shed is completely packed, and the Studio is full also. I have found during the lockdown I have been painting a lot more and having a lot more Commissions. As more people are at their homes and not able to go out so they want to enjoy their homes as much as possible.

"I love painting and I will never stop. One of the things I love most is knowing that my work is hanging in someone else's home around the world, it makes me very happy of that."


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