Diamond Valley

 

Cultural Influences
The landscape of Bray and County Wicklow has inspired artists for hundreds of years. This scene in Bray Commons, painted in the late 1700s or early 1800s is located in the vicinity of where the Diamond Valley Apartments are today.

Bray Commons

On the Commons of Bray - Aquatint on Paper by Francis Jukes (1745 -1812) courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

It is a very different landscape to the Diamond Valley painted by Felicity Clear some 200 years later. But some elements of our landscape remain constant. The River Dargle and Sugar Loaf Mountains inspired famous artists Paul Henry and Lilian Davidson in the first half of the 1900s, as they do artists today. The annual funfair at Bray Seafront, is still reminiscent of the fairground that Louis le Brocquy happened upon in 1949. Seafront scenes painted by Rasher in more recent times are as full of colour and activity as ever was in the past.

The scenery we enjoy today at Diamond Valley fed the creative genius of designer Sophia St. John Whitty and sculptor Yann Renard Goulet as they do today the directors of Hollywood scale movies and √Čamon de Buitl√©ar, maker of nature documentaries.

Have a glance through the pages of these famous artists and enjoy our little collection of their work. A big thank you to the artists who gave us permission to reproduce their paintings on these pages for the enjoyment of Diamond Valley residents and other visitors to www.diamondvalley.ie

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