"The interior of Railway Cottage is a combination of traditional Irish antiques and modern design. It is very important for us to give the cottage a distinctive and authentic character. Therefore, the art that you will find is real art of local and international artists and designers who stand in relation to Railway Cottage and the area. In this category we want to introduce the artists and their works", Markus Ehrhard and Frank Jäger, owners of Railway Cottage.
The shown crab claw is one of eight displayed large marker drawings by Markus Ehrhard.
Markus designs the jewelry collection Ornito (you receive a signature shark tooth in the welcome bag) and he is also a fierce collector of African Art. He wrote three books, you can read them at the cottage, about how this expressive art influences his design.
After exciting years as a designer working for international brands like Escada, Birkenstock or Philip Treacy in London, Markus now finds inspiration in nature and hiking is his favorite activity in Ireland.
Hat designer Philip Treacy works and lives in London. But he is Irish, grew up next to Galway. Markus Ehrhard was Treacy's design assistant from 2000 to 2003. From this time there is an original pencil sketch of Philip Treacy displayed at Railway Cottage. A few lines simply show what hats are about: Phantasy.
Irish ceramic artist Darren Francis Cassidy is based in Ardgroom on the neighboured Beara Peninsula. Darren and his wife Joanne are very good friends of Markus and Frank. You better not let Darren and Markus go in their wellies to the beach, they will get carried away and have too many things to find.
From vases to sculptures, from wall pools to tiles, Darren does offer a huge range of objects that remind you of a seen before animal, yet appear alien.
In the kitchen of Railway Cottage we placed a huge unique bowl Darren made. You have to have a closer look at the edge of this bowl: it is covered in little spikes that Darren each sets perfectly by hand.
Mussels from Cromane Beach are the material of the sculpture made by Nucent. The artist transfers natural ingredients into a new nature. Like the stacked mussels turn into a plausible cone or lend credence to a seed of a tree.
Helga Jäger, mother of Frank Jäger, is an autodidact artist, who now lives next to Frankfurt in Germany.
In her active time, she mainly painted landscape motifs in acrylic on cardboard. Her three displayed pictures at Railway Cottage show a scene with a fly fisherman (it is supposed to be her son-in-law Markus Ehrhard), a deep-sea fisherman on a beach and a tree in a misty landscape.
Helga's style is expressive, her favorite artist is Vincent van Gogh. She painted a lot in Palm Coast, Florida, had certain exhibitions in the USA and Germany, and was 1997 Best-of-Show of the Art League Florida.
Artist Erich Krämer (1930-1994) was the founder of the Europäische Kunst Akademie in Trier, Germany, and professor for free drawing at the Fachhochschule for Fashion design in Trier. Markus Ehrhard, who lives also in Trier, was tought in nude drawing class these days by Erich Krämer, who discovered his talent and rated Ehrhards application portfolio as one of the best of the summer semester in 1994.
The four dry-point etchings of the Porta Nigra are a reminiscence to their home town Trier, which is a world famous landmark of the city.
Today Ehrhard collects the Épreuve d'artiste etchings of Erich Krämer.
Philippe Devaud and his wife Ute did stay at Railway Cottage in July 2019. Philippe, who was the first art teacher of Markus Ehrhard, did visit the Kerry area as a young man, travelling on its own for the first time.
Philippe Devaud is an international highly recommended artist who is famous not only for dipping his unique paper. His classic painting technique is extremely close to a photography. His drawing line is very precise and accurate.
For the Railway Cottage Philippe Devaud painted a watercolor and a pencil drawing. Another distinctive mark of his genius are the added insides of some interiors displayed at the cottage.
Beside an original timber of the Sunbeam, a sailing ship that wrecked January 1903 at Rossbeigh Beach, a very impressive photography of the Sunbeam by Riona MacMonagle welcomes you at the first floor of Railway Cottage.
Riona is the only photographer that is displayed at Railway Cottage.
They begin as hand sketches which are then developed into original artwork in form of retro travel posters.
Markus met Paula from Tripster 2018 in Dingle and became an instant fan of the posters from the area, especially from Rossbeigh Beach in Glenbeigh. The displayed image shows the wreck of the stranded Sunbeam, which unfortunately disappeared after hurricane Ophelia 2018.
The Oscar awarded movie "Ryan's daughter" was filmed at sets on Dingle Peninsinula, especially on Inch Beach opposite of Rossbeigh Beach. Till today this movie is of influence and has an impact on Kerry, because of its authentic and moving story.
The complete film crew had a special diner at our Towers Hotel in Glenbeigh on the 11th of July 1969.
An original MGM press photo, signed by the three of the main characters played by Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard and Robert Mitchum is displayed at Railway Cottage, as well as a signed photo of actor John Mills, who won the Oscar for "best supporting actor" in his role of the Michael. You also find the DVD of "Ryan's daughter" in our movie collection...in case it rains...bare in mind, the movie is 3h27min.