The Celtic Art of John Quigley - The Celtic Lanscape

The Skellig Rocks

All Painted in Acrylic, Pen & Ink
Over the past 25 years I have painted numerous landscapes - almost all have a Celtic Cross, Dolmen or Standing Stone in them. Unless stated they are in private collection.

The Skellig Rocks, Skellig Michael (also known as Great Skellig) and Little Skellig, celtic art,

Skellig Michael - Acrylic, Pen & Ink

The Skellig Rocks, Skellig Michael (also known as Great Skellig) and Little Skellig, are towering sea crags rising from the Atlantic Ocean almost 12 kilometres west of the Ivereagh Peninsula in County Kerry.

Located at the western edge of the European landmass, Skellig Michael was the chosen destination for a small group of  monks who, in their pursuit of greater union with God, withdrew from civilisation to this remote and inaccessible place. Some time between the sixth and eight centuries, a monastery was founded on this precipitous rock giving rise to one of the most dramatic examples of the extremes of Christian monasticism.

It is featured as a location in the new Star Wars movie trilogy.

 

Fahan Mura Cross Slab

Fahan Mura Cross Slab, Inishowen Co. Donegal
Fahan Mura Cross Slab, Inishowen Co. Donegal

Fahan Mura Cross Slab

Acrylic Pen & Ink

Fahan Mura Cross Slab, Inishowen Co. Donegal

Saint Mura’s Cross Slab is located in Fahan, a village a few kilometres outside the Southern Inishowen town of Buncrana.

Mura was the abbot who founded a monastery here in the early seventh century, and according to a local tradition, the Saint is buried under this decorated stone.

Saint Mura’s Cross Slab is 2.1 metres in height and .18 m thick. A cross of double interlacing has been carved on each side.

 

Like the Donagh Cross, Saint Mura’s Cross Slab has an interlace style similar in design.

The drawing on the opposite page is of the West face. Historians believe that the design shows the progression of the development of Pictish slab art found in Scotland, particularly the region of Iona Island.

Standing Stones.

 Gortbraud, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

The Carrowmore Cross is on the site of what is believed to be the ruins of the monastery of Both Chonais, located in the townland of Carrowmore.
Bocan Stone Circle is a monument comprised of standing stones arranged in a circle. Most were constructed from 3,000 BC to 1,500 BC.

Carrowmore Cross,

Culdaff, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

Acrylic Pen & Ink

The Carrowmore Cross is on the site of what is believed to be the ruins of the monastery of Both Chonais, located in the townland of Carrowmore. The original buildings, Church and beehive huts that were said to exist here have all disappeared.

 

The monastery was once a seat of learning in the thirteenth century and it also has associations with St. Comhgall, St. Patrick (who it is claimed founded the monastery) and St. Buadan.

 

 

Bocan Stone Circle

Acrylic Pen & Ink

A Stone Circle is a monument  comprised of standing stones arranged in a circle.

Most were constructed from 3,000 BC to 1,500 BC. Their actual use is uncertain.

It is thought that they may have been used in rituals, or as an astronomical device to show the occurrence of the summer and winter solstices.

 

Fahan Mura Cross Slab

The Skull House

 Cooly, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

Gortnavern Dolmen, County Donegal: Leaba Dhiarmuid agus Ghráinne

Northburg Castle, Greencastle.

Acrylic Pen & Ink

Chapel Window

 Clonmany, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

Cloncha Cross

 Culdaff, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

The Temple of Dean.

 Bocan, Culdaff, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

The Morton God.

Clonmany, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

Carrickabraghy Castle

Acrylic Pen & Ink

Grianán of Aileach

Acrylic Pen & Ink

Built in the 16th century on a rocky promontory with spectacular views of the Donegal hills and headlands, this O’Doherty stronghold stands on the site of a pre-Viking settlement recorded in the Annals (of Ireland).

Grianán of Aileach - Grianán Ailigh

The “Stone House of the Sun” was, according to legend, built by the Dagda.

He was the King of a mythological race known as the Tuatha Dé Danannn.

He built Grianán of Aileach around the grave of his son Aeah and it is believed to date to 1,700 BC.

 

Unkown.

 Detail from an Unknown Painting

Unkown.

 Detail from an Unknown Painting

The Cross of Muiredach, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

 Detail from an unknown Painting

 

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