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Paintings of Cave Hill, by different artists

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Simon McKinistry's painting of Cave Hill is loosely in the expressionist style. The Artist avoids the conventional scheme of greens and browns, opting instead for blues and whites, with a touch of green.


Denis Kelly                   In this painting Denis Kelly provides another interpretation of Cave Hill. Notice that, despite the wintery setting, some of the trees are in full bloom.   Stylistically the painting has a kind of charming magic realism, and this is emphasised by the quirky, church-window like frame.

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Dan Dowling lives in North Belfast and most of his paintings are of the area. Dowling's paintings, in oil and in watercolour, are colourful, with the subject treated in a playful style. Dan's work is regularly chosen for exhibition at the annual RUA show.  

These paintings feature the Waterworks Park; a man walking his dog and a group of teenagers fooling around the railings on the Antrim Road side of the Park.


This view of Cave Hill from the Cliftonville/ Antrim Road, is also painted by Dan Dowling

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Zara Fleming is an independent art consultant, lecturer, tour guide and exhibition curator with specialist knowledge of Buddist art. This influence is evident in her interpretation of Cave Hill.


Irish landscape and figurative artist, Catherine McWilliams' work includes paintings from the troubles in NI, still life and book illustrations.  Many of her paintings feature the Belfast Hills and Cave Hill.


This atmospheric sketch by N Carleton gives an alternative perspective of Cave Hill.

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Gary Devon, born in Bangor.  His subject matter is usually a landscape but he has also paints portraits, murals and houses. He was awarded the Conor prize in 2002 and then later elected as an associate to the RUA.


George Callaghan's painting of Cave Hill has a surreal nuance or atmosphere. Although George lives in Tasmania, he has strong local connections.


Rowland Hill was a 20th-century Irish Landscape Artist.  The painting, which dates back to circa 1930, shows the bridge at the junction of Ballysillan Road and Cavehill Road. The bridge had been constructed to allow the rail tracks to pass under the Ballysillan Road.  It was dismantled on the closure of the quarry.

Paintings by Brendan Ellis.


The Gate Lodge on the Antrim Road entrance to the Waterworks


Brendan describes his inspiration. "Every morning of almost every week of the past three years, since my retirement from work, I have walked our dog through the parks that are within 5 km of my home on the Antrim Road, North Belfast. This daily routine has replaced my not so interesting and very stressful journey to work and has provided me with the opportunity to get to know and appreciate the landscape in the vicinity of my home.  These small watercolour paintings are a selection of my many observations made on these walks. They see Cave Hill as a link between our City parks because, in this part of Belfast, we can see it from so many places. Sometimes it dominates the view in front of us and other times it is a small detail among the trees and buildings. But its changing face throughout the year gives my morning a sound focus, a great source of inspiration and joy in the simple fact of being alive.  Brendan Ellis 2014 

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Divis Street, Belfast

Painting by George Kirkpatrick (1872-1925)

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