John Francis Skelton

Commissioned by Balla Bán Art Gallery, John Francis Skelton has painted a selection of the iconic west of Ireland fishermen scenes and pub scenes that his father (John Skelton Snr) was famous for painting. Using old sketch books, photographs and other reference material from his late father, John Francis goes down a nolstagic road in continuing on in the style and themes of some of his father’s world famous artworks in this special collection present by our art gallery….

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“Dog Day Afternoon” – Acrylic on canvas board 25x20cm

“Fake News” – Acrylic on canvas board 25x20cm

“Into the Deep” Aran. Acrylic on canvas board 25x20cm

“Near miss”, Achill, Co Mayo. Acrylic on canvas board 20x25cm

“Network II”, Aran, Galway. Acrylic on canvas board 20x25cm

“Old Friends”, Atlantic, Ireland. Acrylic on canvas board 20x25cm

“Paddywhackery II”. Acrylic on canvas board 20x25cm

 

“Repose”. Acrylic on canvas board 25x20cm

“That silent pause, Glencolumbkill, Donegal. Acrylic on canvas board 20x25cm

“The Punchline”. Acrylic on canvas board 25x20cm

“To tell you the truth”. Acrylic on canvas board 20x25cm

“Two’s Company”, near Doon Point, County Kerry. Acrylic on canvas board 20x25cm


“Atlantic Break. Slea Head. Kerry”. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm


“Bag of Dreams, Inisheer, Aran. Galway”. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm


“Dingle Haul, Doonsheane, Kerry. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm


“Good Day, Inisheer, Aran, Galway. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm


“Homeward Bound, Downpatrick, Mayo. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm


Mission, Aran, Galway. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm


New World Gateway, Sybil Head, Kerry. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm


Turquoise Repose, Aran, Galway. Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm

Below are a selection of other acrylic paintings by John Francis available for sale at the gallery, and, as with all of our artworks at the gallery, we provide world wide shipping….


“Hilltop Home”, Clifden, Connemara. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Turnabout, Blaskets, Kerry. Acrylic 26x20cm


“The Big Thaw, Golden Mile, Mullagh, Co. Cavan”. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Cloudbreak”, Howth Harbour, Dublin. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Dog Day Afternoon”, Dollymount, Dublin. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Earth, Air, Fire and Water”, Powerscourt Waterfall. Acrylic 20x26cm.


“Morning Towers”, GPO, Dublin. Acrylic 26x20cm


“A Last Effort, Ballinskelligs Bay, Kerry”. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Boreen. Kinsale Head, Cork”. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Celtic Light, Benbulben, Sligo” Acrylic 20x26cm


“Coming Home, The Plains of Tipperary”. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Prices, Cuilcagh, Cavan”. Acrylic 20x26cm


“The Tree. Under Sugarloaf, Wicklow”. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Shawdow Play. Near Buncrana, Donegal”. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Putting it Away”, Royal Dublin Golf Club, Dollymount, Dublin. Acrylic 20x26cm


“Rockswan”, James Joyce Tower, Sandycove, Dublin. Acrylic 26x20cm


“Passing Through” (acrylic on canvas board 20x26cm)


“Round the Corner, Twelve Bens, Connemara”. (acrylic on canvas board 20x26cm)


“Talk, Cu-na-Mara” (acrylic on canvas board 20x26cm)


“Swan Lake, Blessington, Wicklow”. (acrylic on canvas board 20x26cm)

“In the Eagle’s Nest, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm

” An Opening. Aran. Co. Galway. Acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm


Lightcast, Westport, County Mayo. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


Celestial Towers, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


Autumn Reasons, The Hollow, Phoenix Park, Dublin (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


From Howth to Lambay, County Dublin. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


Turnaround, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


Turnaround, Valentia, County Kerry (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)

John F Skelton - Stone Home, Inagh, Co. Galway (acrylic on canvas board)
“Stone Home, Inagh, Co. Galway (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)

John F Skelton - Valenta, Co. Kerry (acrylic on canvas board)
Valenta, Co. Kerry (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


Bog cuts, Connemara, County Galway (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)

John F Skelton - The Family Picnic 30x40cm oil
The Family Picnic (acrylic on canvas board 30cm x 40cm)

 


“South View from Conor Pass, Kerry”. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


“Sugar Loaf, Autumn, Wicklow”. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


“Church of the Seven Sisters, Clogher Head, Dingle, Kerry. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


“Boyne Way, Trim, County Meath”. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


“Autumn Falls, National Stud Farm, Kildare. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


“Howth Stroll, Dublin Bay, View of Dun Laoghaire” (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


“Just a Moment, Sugar Loaf, Wicklow. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)


“Roads End, near Lerisburg, Donegal”. (acrylic on canvas board 25x61cm)



“Heading out to Sea”. Signed Print on Canvas.



“Portrait of an Old Man”. Signed Print.


About John Francis Skelton
JOHN FRANCIS SKELTON was influenced at an early age by his father the renowned Irish artist, John Skelton. He started painting at the age of eight and upon leaving school, studied at the National College of Art and Design, graduating with an honours Diploma in Fine Arts in 1976. He then traveled to Europe and Africa studying both their painting and culture, thus broadening his knowledge of art. Upon returning to Ireland, John Francis Skelton took a teaching position at the People’s College, Dun Laoghaire. He has also worked as a book illustrator and in his spare time became the Leinster Fencing Champion. His paintings have been accepted by the Hibernian Academy and are in many private collections around the world.

John Francis believes that; ‘in painting, one harmonises a combination of opposites; light/dark, cool/warm, hard/soft. In painting landscapes, there is the added dimensions of depth. For example, near and far, the four seasons and the corresponding vegetation of the time of the year. Also the abstract phenomena such as heat, cold, the time of the day or night and the angle of the sun in the sky have to be considered. Whether it is a landscape, seascape, skyscape or snowscape – earth, air, fire and water are all at the heat of the ‘matter’. But central to all of these ‘happenings’ which shape our environment is light. Without light, all the above ceases to exist and it is because of this that all the forms, colours, sensations in my painting become subservient to light. So with complete attention paid to the play of light on everything, painting becomes revealed and an exposé of sweet harmonies come alive.’