paintings for Dublin show
I'm almost done with a series of ten 16"x16" paintings, plus a couple that are 14"x11" which will make up the bulk of Still Spaces
, the three person exhibit in which I'm taking part at Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin at the end of next month (September 30-October 15.) The paintings I am sending over are almost all done on on multimedia artboard
, a painting surface that is something like paper, but impregnated with a resin so that it accepts oil paint without the need for gesso or other preparation. This makes for easy shipping; the paintings will be framed once they arrive in Ireland.
I'll have an additional three weeks to paint for the exhibit while in Ireland, at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre where i will be staying, and plan to come up with an 3 or 4 more paintings there to include. But I'm doing most of the work for the exhibit before I leave, and so I hope to avoid feeling pressured to produce during that time. I love the idea of the residency as a break not only from the demands of daily life at home, but also from deadlines and demands of conducting art business--a time to experiment, absorb, and respond to a new situation. I will certainly have some art biz to deal with, since the show opens during the last weekend of my residency--but I believe there will also be plenty of time to relax into the ambiance of this special location, and allow ideas to incubate and grow.
The title chose for the show--Still Spaces
--inspires me on several levels. As source material, I've been looking at drawings and diagrams of Irish archeological sites, tombs and standing stones, aged walls and weathered, eroded surfaces. I find that the title has a two fold meaning in reference to ancient sites and buildings--there is the deep stillness of accumulated eons of history, as well as the persistence of ruins and artifacts over time. I also like the title on a more personal level--that stillness within--that grows from an accumulation of experience and knowing oneself.
The painting above Personal History
, 16"x16" on multimedia artboard.