The Myth and Mooar exhibition is proving to be a success at the Isle Gallery in St John’s.
The exhibition by illustrators Julie Roberts and Thomas Egan is said to ‘exhibit an array of skills that would appeal to everyone’.
They take visitors into a world of spectacular drawings and wonderful stories from spiritual charcoal tree drawings detailing characteristics that bring the natural environment alive and line and watercolour drawings depicting scenes and characters from Manx folklore and fairy tails.
A spokesperson from the Isle Gallery said: ‘The public can expect a combination of the spiritual elements of nature, when finely sketched, the trees come to life and stories of Manx myths and folklore are inked on paper. This exhibition is not one to miss.’
Children, as well as adults, are said to be drawn into these fabulous illustrations.
Julie Roberts has a degree in illustration and was taught by the late Norman Sayle and Dave Fletcher at the Isle of Man College.
She said: ‘As a child I used to love to hear about the little people and the many other characters that were reputed to inhabit the island and my imagination was captured by a book called “Fairytales From The Isle of Man” by Dora Broome.
‘But my little paperback book had no pictures except for one on the cover, which just made me wish there were more! This inspired the selection of pictures on show for the Myth and Mooar exhibition.
‘I was fascinated by the characters in these stories and always hoped I might meet some of them whilst exploring the island’s lovely beaches, mountains, glens and caves!
‘Looking back now, I’m quite glad that I didn’t because many of them are actually quite sinister – something I have tried to capture in my work.
‘The stories were first told “long, long ago” and I have tried to give the feeling that my pictures might have been created back then as well, using the colours of the Manx countryside but muted and aged – peat stained and possibly a little faded in places.’
Julie added that there is humour in her work but darkness too – to reflect the warning tone of the tales they illustrate.
She added that her technique is difficult to describe, but it is somewhere between drawing and watercolour painting.
Julie is producing a series of greetings cards and prints to accompany the exhibition in the near future, which she hopes will be available from the Isle Gallery and other outlets.
The exhibition is taking place at the Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills, St John’s, until Sunday, September 29.