Oil paint, it is luscious and luxurious.
Painting in oil is one of the most engaging and timeless of artforms. It seems to me in this increasingly digital age, it’s organic nature can thrill us, calm us and adorn our lives whatsoever the image captures; our loved ones or the world about us.
I am a self-taught artist, Irish, and living in London, England.
My journey into painting has been through the idiom of still life and a period of intense study along the lines traditional painting (archive.org is an endlessly rich source of old texts), and the writings of Harold Speed.
Like so many people who travel the western seaboard of Ireland, now called the “Wild Atlantic Way’. I had a transforming experience of that landscape and it has become central to my art. With easel on my back and hot soup, I paint in bitter winter weather, exhilarating, or balmy heat – it doesn’t matter. Hiking through Counties Clare, Kerry and Mayo. When resources permit I hope to extend my trips north and south.
I didn’t always paint – my chosen path for many years was that of sound recording engineer, an art form that manipulates sound in a way strangely similar to how a painter manipulates the visual world. It’s good to go from one to the other. Check out AllMusic.Com for a few of the projects and people I’ve recorded.
The Voice Squad’s 2014 album, and their first for over 20 years is now on release – “Concerning of Three Young Men”. Here they are performing my favourite, “The Bonny Light Horseman” on RTÉ TV.
I have exhibited still life works in the Draiocht Gallery in Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, the Portico Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.
Currently (January 2015) I have still life paintings in the Brian S Nolan gallery in Dublin, Ireland. The current exhibition runs up to the begining of February, and happy to say I’ll be part of the following exhibition of local artists which begins on the 14th of February 2015.
& please contact me and say hello – it’s always good to get feedback and compare notes in life!