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Born & bred in Donegal , self taught artist Barry Britton has spent most of his life in his native Rossnowlagh , close to the magnificent golden strand listening to the sound of wild Atlantic waves . A few years were spent in exile in Dublin in the 1970s where a promising career in architecture beckoned . However , by  1978 he had made good his escape from the big city & put in the foundations for his home on his father’s farm overlooking Durnesh Lake in Rossnowlagh . He’s still there today !

 

Surfing had arrived in Rossnowlagh in the mid 1960s courtesy of Barry’s mother who acquired a couple of surfboards for the use of guests of her hotel at the beach . But she also had five young sons who , when they spotted the potential for fun in the sea , commandeered the surfboards for their own amusement ! By 1968 Barry’s father , the Boss , had spotted the potential of this new sport too . He named the hotel pub the Surfers Bar & instigated the first Intercounties Surfing Contest which still runs today as an annual end of season party event in Rossnowlagh during the month of October . One of the brothers , Conor , started designing posters for the event in the early days . Around 1973 , with Conor away on placement for his hotel management studies , it fell to younger brother Barry to produce a surf poster for that year……& he has been doing them ever since ! Many of them are on show at the Local Hands craft studio in Ballyshannon & may be purchased from this website . Over the years Barry’s surf posters have become collectors’ items & at the turn of the millennium he was commissioned to design posters for some Hawaiian events , the most prestigious surf contests in the world (to view these go to ‘prints’) . The artist himself may be found during the summer months at Britton & Daughters studio gallery on the seafront in Rossnowlagh  Tues.–Sat. (afternoons only but if the surf is up he will be ‘GONE SURFING’ all day !) .

 

The artist was first approached about ‘doin an oul poster’ for the fledgling Ballyshannon Folk Festival by Anthony Travers in early 1980 . This encounter took place in Sean Og’s Pub where copious amounts of persuasive porter were slid across the wooden bar counter to ensure agreement could be reached ! And so , many decades later , we find Barry still dreaming up new ways to depict folk & trad musicians on these much sought after posters which have become collectors items . Indeed , the poster itself has reached such iconic status that musicians consider it a great honour to be selected as that year’s depicted artiste. For festival information log on to www,ballyshannonfolkfestival.com . From the outset Barry has provided his artistic skills free of charge to Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival which is still held on the August Bank Holiday every year . Many of the posters are on show & for sale at the Local Hands craft studio on Main St. , Ballyshannon . They may also be purchased from this website . Barry holds an annual exhibition of original works at the Abbey Arts Centre at the top of the town during the Folk Festival – this has become a popular event & is a great opportunity to pick up a Barry Britton tinted pen & ink original .

 

Celtic landscapes , wild seascapes , trad musicians & surf scenes are the subject matter for Barry’s exclusive limited edition black & white prints . Celtic motifs & hidden pictures within pictures which require close examination have become the norm in Barry’s art. His prints can also be viewed & purchased from the Local Hands studio & this website . Prints may be hand tinted by the artist to order .

 

A selection of the artist’s more recent original pen & inks are on show at the Mountcharles Art Gallery in the village of Mountcharles just outside of Donegal Town on the Killybegs road . Commissions for all kinds of pen & ink artwork suchas portraits or particular scenes (or both combined !) are gladly undertaken.

 

Phone : 086 8728770 | Email : barrybrittondesign@gmail.com

Canoeing Posters

All canoeing posters are €12 plus shipping.
If you wish to purchase any posters please contact me.

Music Posters

All Folk Festival posters are €12 plus shipping.
If you wish to purchase any posters please contact me.

Surf Posters

All surfing posters are €12 plus shipping.
If you wish to purchase any posters please contact me.

Prints

The Otter’s Perch, Rossnowlagh

Limited edition run of 125.
Dimensions: 12 x 18 inches | 300 x 450 mm.
€25

High Tide, Rossnowlagh

Limited edition run of 240.
Dimensions: 14 inches x 14 inches | 360 x 360 mm.
€25

The Box Player

Limited edition run of 600.
Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches | 450 x 600 mm.
€30

Mandola Man

Limited edition run of 325.
Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches | 450 x 600 mm.
€30

Johnny Doherty, Donegal’s Travelling Fiddler

Limited edition run of 600.
Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches | 450 x 600 mm.
€30

Rónán Ó Snodaigh of Kíla

Limited edition run of 250.
Dimensions: 11 x 17 inches | 275 x 430 mm.
€20

Johnny ‘Boxty’ Gallagher

Limited edition run of 265.
Dimensions: 11 x 14 inches | 275 x 350 mm.
€20

Defenders of the Peak

Limited edition run of 70.
Dimensions: 18 x 21 inches | 450 x 530 mm.
€30

The Strand, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 210.
Dimensions: 11 x 18 inches | 275 x 450 mm.
€25

The Cliffs, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 210.
Dimensions: 11 x 18 inches | 275 x 450 mm.
€25

Rossnowlagh Strand, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 575.
Dimensions: 18 x 13 inches | 450 x 330 mm.
€20

The Harpist

Limited edition run of 515.
Dimensions: 12 x 17.5 inches | 310 x 440 mm
€20

The Piper

Limited edition run of 320.
Dimensions: 12 x 17.5 inches | 310 x 440 mm.
€20

Morning Reflection, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 210.
Dimensions: 9 x 18 inches | 230 x 450 mm
€25

Strong Tide, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 210.
Dimensions: 9 x 18 inches | 230 x 450 mm
€25

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Of Altan, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 650.
Dimensions: 18 x 25 inches | 450 x 640 mm
€30

Fluting by the River

Limited edition run of 92.
Dimensions: 18 x 18 inches | 450 x 450 mm
€30

Ogham Surfboard Shaper

Limited edition run of 77.
Dimensions: 18 x 25 inches or 450 x 630 mm
€30

Easky Full Moon

Old Print from 1978.
Dimensions: 18 x 13 inches | 450 x 330 mm
€25

Old Enniskillen

With Lady of the Lakes Steamer.
Limited edition run of 160.
Dimensions: 13 x 18 inches | 330 x 450 mm
€25

Escher’s Ballyshannon

Old Print from 1989.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 12 inches or 290 x 300 mm
€25

Late Take off At Lislarry

Limited edition run of 150.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 11.5 inches | 290 x 290 mm
€25

Sharon Shannon

Limited edition run of 117.
Dimensions: 12 x 16.5 inches | 300 x 420 mm
€20

The Old Iron Bridge, Donegal Town

Limited edition run of 260.
Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches | 225 x 330 mm
€20

Patching the Thatch

Durnesh Lake, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.
Limited edition run of 260.
Dimensions: 9 x 13 inches | 225 x 330 mm
€20

The Pool and The Purt

Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Limited edition run of 180.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.5 inches | 290 x 440 mm
€25

Ghost Ships Over Streedagh, Co. Sligo

Limited edition run of 90.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 18 inches | 290 x 450 mm
€25

Spanish Armada Shipwreck

Streedagh Strand, Co. Sligo.
Limited edition run of 90.
Dimensions: 11.5 x 18 inches | 290 x 450 mm
€25

Tigerish Waters, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 50.
Dimensions: 13 x 18 inches | 330 x 450 mm
€20

St Ann’s, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

Limited edition run of 180.
Dimensions: 6 x 18 inches | 150 x 450 mm
€20

Pipeline Masters 2002

North Shore, Hawaii.
Limited edition artist’s proof 200.
Dimensions: 17 x 22 inches | 430 x 560 mm
€50

Vans Hawaiian Pro 2004

North Shore, Oahu.
Limited edition artist’s proof 120.
Dimensions: 17 x 22 inches | 430 x 560 mm
€50

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