Emergence of Colour by Sam McCready

Thursday 4th April to Saturday 27th April

Preview Wednesday 3rd April from 6 to 8pm

Opening remarks by Neil Shawcross RUA
All Welcome and No Booked Necessary


ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue
Belfast BT5 5AE


Sam McCready

The late Sam McCready was well known for his theatre work and acquired an international reputation as actor, director and playwright. Less well known is the fact that he studied painting at Stranmillis College and the Belfast College of Art, where, thanks to his tutors Kenneth Webb and Romeo Toogood, he graduated with Merit. He taught art for two years at Fane Street School in the early sixties, but his professional work in theatre, coupled with his teaching commitments, allowed him little time to pursue his painting until he retired as Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland in the US.  Never one to rest on his laurels, he entered into a period of study under Chinese masters and learnt, with great accomplishment, to master calligraphy and brush painting in the Chinese style.  This culminated in a very successful exhibition at the ArtisAnn Gallery entitled ‘Six Colours of Black’, where he used black ink to produce textured images of mountains, lakes, trees, rivers, and  the sky. 


As an artist, he was absorbed with nature in its many moods, with the patterns and rhythms of line, texture and space.  This posthumous exhibition reveals his love of nature.  No longer wishing to restrict himself to black and white, the vibrancy burst through in this ebullient exhibition entitled ‘Emergence of Colour’.


Sam’s work is held in private and public collections in Ireland, the United States and the Far East.

The exhibition runs at the ArtisAnn Gallery from Thursday 4th April to Saturday 27th April with a preview on Wed 3rd April from 6 to 8pm

Emergence of Colour by Sam McCready
Thursday 4th April to Saturday 27th April
Preview Wednesday 3rd April from 6 to 8pm


Admission is free.

All art is available to buy, and may be collected/delivered after the exhibition ends.


You can also buy art from this exhibition through the Own Art scheme; giving you interest-free credit over 10 months  - and you take the art home immediately the exhibition ends.

"Out of the Stillness" by Frank Eyre


"Emergence of Colour" by Sam McCready


"A Harlot's Progress" by Karen Daye Hutchenson


"Those Images That Yet, Fresh Images Beget" by Raymond Watson

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