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Michael Gallagher - Finding the Light: Painting during the Pandemic, March - June 2020

"Like most of us, the events of the last few months have frequently left me stunned, struggling to regroup or find some sense of a firm footing.

Having to work at home has meant a prolonged period in this area that I love so much. Yet, at times the very beauty I find so inspirational was, curiously, its own source of melancholy: a poignant contrast to the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding us, and more recently, a heightened awareness of just how unjust life can be.

However, the proximity to nature has been a saving grace. To record the emergence of spring, and spring turning into summer – cycles that pay no heed to our woes and failings, has been ultimately uplifting, reminding me that we are all responsible for finding the light wherever we can and, hopefully, sharing it".

                                                         Michael Gallagher - June 2020

Michael Gallagher is regarded as one of the foremost conservators of Old Master paintings working in the world today. He has had the privilege of conserving masterpieces by artists as diverse as Botticelli, Rubens, Titian and Velazquez, and since 2005 has led the prestigious department of painting conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.