Barley Harvest - canvas print

Barley Harvest – Canvas Print by Rod Coyne


Rod Coyne’s exclusive canvas print Barley Harvest is only available through Avoca Gallery and is the perfect gift for art-lovers and Ireland fans alike. This canvas fine art print available in small, medium and large sizes. It is framed and the price includes FREE world wide delivery.

  • Location: Wicklow, Ireland
  • Medium: Canvas Print
  • Theme: Landscape
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Barley Harvest – Canvas Print by Rod Coyne

Barley Harvest was painted at the height of Rod Coyne’s Atmospherics period, one of the artist’s key phases. He would paint on location as usual but back at the studio he would melt down and dissolve the image with thinners, giving the element of chance free reign. And now this motif is available as canvas print.

Barley Harvest - Facebook crop.
Barley Harvest – Facebook crop.

“Harvest fields and hay-bales are motifs which lure me back year after year, they are compelling and magnetic. On a practical front it can be the best time of the year weather-wise in Ireland and we are often treated to an Indian Summer during September and October. But most of all I love mixing the warm yellows and hot, rusty browns, they are colours which hardly cross my palette during the rest of the year. And when I look at these paintings in the depths of winter I feel that I can almost warm my hand like in front  of an open fire. ” – Rod Coyne.

The Art of Harvest

For as long as people have sown and gathered crops, there have been celebrations of one sort or another to mark a successful harvest. In pre-Christian times, the Anglo Saxons gave thanks to their fertility gods when they began to reap their crops, whilst the Pagan festival of Lughnasadh is Celtic in origin and is derived from the worship of the Irish god Lugh. The making of Corn Dollies was another custom attributed to the Pagans.

The Christian festival of Lammas (meaning loaf Mass) has similarities with Lughnasadh and was celebrated in the Middle Ages. It was marked by the giving of a loaf of bread to the church, made from the farmers’ newly harvested wheat crop. For hundreds of years, all over the world harvest time has been one of the most important periods of the year, because on it depended whether people would starve or be well fed for the coming year. And accordingly these events have always been celebrated through each civilization’s art.