Passing of artist Harald de Bary

Solas Art Gallery writes this post with great sadness on the recent passing of German artist Harald de Bary. Harald came to Leitrim 45 years ago accompanied by his devoted wife Erika. For those who know Harald’s abstract workings, his unique artistic language expressed the seriousness and intensity of his approaches to art. We would like to share the beautiful words from his biography "Harald de Bary. Leben und Werk" (Harald de Bary. Life and Work) written by the art historian Johann Konrad Eberlein

‘De Bary's works are characterised by an extreme directness and always confront the observer with the unexpected. The artist stands out from the other representatives of German Art Informel through the spontaneity of his personal view and the easy, unforced manner in which he translates this into art. His work is a form of communication based on a position of complete independence and designed to reach the observer solely through its formulations, which their creator expresses in ever new artistic guises’.

Harald was a long standing, compassionate and loyal member of Solas Art Gallery and a great friend of many in the community. He will be deeply missed by all. We express our sincere condolences to his wife Erika and his extended family.

About solas

The Solas Art Gallery is an artist led, not for profit gallery space in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. The Gallery initiative first began between Leitrim County Council Arts Office and the Ballinamore Community Arts Group (BCAG), as it first opened its doors on 20th July 2007. The Gallery is funded by Leitrim County Council Arts Office and is entirely run on a voluntary/unpaid basis.

The main aim of Solas Art Gallery is to promote genres of art to the wider local community, by bringing an awareness of art to the public and making exhibition space accessible to all emerging and recognized artists, both full time and part time. The upstairs gallery space consists of two large adjoining rooms with white washed walls and wooden floor, with a further two rooms up another stair. This offers ample space for larger exhibitions, additional installations and artists’ workshops also.

Solas Art Gallery hosts three group exhibitions a year, inclusive of a junior exhibition, solo and joint solo exhibitions. Our extensive calendar of events equates to twelve official openings. Other annual activities include our ‘invited national or international artist’ to exhibit their work, innovative art endeavours for National Drawing Day and a variety of invigorating performance arts for Culture Night. As a community led gallery run on a membership basis, it gives member artists access to exhibit in three group shows and the opportunity to apply for a solo or joint solo show biannually. All artists exhibiting are fully supported and guided by the collective knowledge and experience of the voluntary committee members of the BCAG. Solas Art Gallery encourages its many members to participate in the many activities of the gallery, to collectively nurture the essence of this community based enterprise.

For further information please contact Gail or Ben at 071 964 4210 or info@solasart.ie or follow us on Facebook.