10th – 25th June 2017
The Cowshed Theatre
Admission is free.
The Cowshed Theatre
This series of drawings and paintings has been completed over the past 4 years . The works, are in the main, large scale pastel and charcoal drawings on paper. What started small seemed to evolve over time while gaining confidence in scale and medium. There are two themes, park deer and gardens; originally devised separately but both connected by the Phoenix Park.
Living beside the Phoenix Park for over 20 years and indeed in a house once part of the Farmleigh Estate I have had the wonderful pleasure of visiting the park often, absorbing it’s atmospheres. I have been drawing and photographing deer and gardens intermittently over this time. The garden pastels are inspired by the exotic western section of the Farmleigh walled gardens and by yearly visits to Cornwall and especially the Lost Gardens of Heligan and of course Lindy’s garden. I have taken the artistic licence in combining plants that do not appear in the same season.
“Born in1952 in Buncrana, Donegal, I moved to Dublin in 1970 to study medicine in UCD. It was during these years that I developed a lifelong interest in art from my visits to the Hugh Lane Gallery, The National Gallery and those wonderful Independant Artist exhibitions. Though largely self taught, I attended night classes in the NCAD firstly in Kildare St. and then Thomas Street and also weekend workshops in Trinity and Dunlaoghaire College of Art. I have had work chosen for the Oireachtas Exhibitions twice in early the 1980s. I have work in private collections and on public display. As a working doctor I find the medium of Pastel and Charcoal very adaptable and easy to work with, leave temporarily and return to with little trouble. For oil work , for the same reason, I often use oil pigment sticks with their ease of preparation , their
immediacy and vibrancy.
The large scrolls just happened with the availability of rolls of good quality strong paper and increasing fluidity with charcoals but probably influenced by frequent visits to the Chester Beatty gallery. I work from a small studio in Strawberry Beds and I have only once seen these large scrolls displayed at their full length , so I am looking forward to seeing them in the very suitable venue of the Cowshed Theatre Gallery as I hope you will.”