Joe's Haunting Tribute; Art Honours Victims of Holocaust

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Byline: ANDREW GLOVER

A HAUNTING exhibition marking the atrocities of the Holocaust has opened on Tyneside.

Ten "beautifully disturbed" paintings by local artist Joe McGarry are on display at North Shields Library ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

Joe, 65, from Forrest Hall, North Tyneside, was shocked by television footage about the Holocaust from a young age and was inspired to paint in memory of the victims.

He said: "I have always been horrified that people could be so cruel. I much prefer to paint something that is really meaningful as I like to pass on a strong message.

"My thoughts are for the victims and for those still alive."

Joe's work has previously been shown at Newcastle Rates Hall, the Laing Art Gallery and Starlings Coffee Shop, previously on Clayton Street in the city centre.

And while he accepts the paintings are challenging, visitors to his previous exhibitions have praised the work.

Comments left include "Disturbing, yet beautiful", "Striking, vigorous work, which leaves me with sad, haunting memories of people frightened by experiences not known to me", and "It just sent shivers down my spine".

Joe said: "Some people say they don't MESSAGE Artist Joe McGarry want to be confronted with disturbing images but these people should never be forgotten.

"There are no weapons or Nazis in my work because the perpetrators of those heinous crimes have no place in my art. …