Communion of ideas

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An established artist in Brussels who has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize, Helen O’Sullivan-Tyrrell talks of how events in her native Ireland are often the source of inspiration for her paintings

There is a tiny statue of a pope, his head nodding interminably in the window of what would have been a shop in the inter-war years of a thriving Belgium.

It draws your eye to the rest of the window, and to the many canvasses displaying small girls dressed in bridal white for their first holy communion.

The theme is a universal one for Catholic countries such as Belgium, Italy and France. But here, in...

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