I am an established fine artist living and working near Galway City. I am looking for support towards staging a major show in the Market Street Gallery (Connacht Tribune Print Works) in Galway in late August – early September. It’s a big space! The work is based on The Cosmos, and in particular exploring the sublime, via the Cosmos.
Also, in Gallery B we will be hosting the ‘Jim Kavanagh Art School’ annual student’s show. This highlights the great work done by the students throughout the academic year, and the commitment they put into their work.
The monies raised from Fund it will go towards catalogue production (biggest expense), insurance, transport, printing, lighting, running costs etc. Every exhibition I stage, I want to use it as a platform to raise awareness and funds and give something back to the community, so I choose a local charity. For this exhibition, monies raised from sale of works, catalogues and posters will be donated to COPE Galway, to help fund their new Domestic Violence Refuge Building in Galway.
In the last couple of years my interest has moved away from landscape painting, and has focused further skywards to the universe and beyond. It seems like a natural step, with man’s increasing curiosity to examine space with projects like the Hubble Telescope; exploring further and deeper, sending images back to earth that scientists are trying to comprehend. Some of my work is influenced by the views from the International Space Station looking down on earth, again reflecting how ‘small we are’ in the scheme of things. Man’s renewed fascination with space is currently very much evident in mass media, film, photography and even fashion. In my own work and exploration of the subject, I employ oil paints and glazes, on canvas and board, using the techniques of the Old Masters, such as Turner and Rembrandt.
The Sublime (or experiential Sublime) is a term that has come to populate much of my thought in connection to my current work; or a 21st century review or re-interpretation of the term, which was used extensively by some 19th century artists. I am currently exploring the Sublime in a world where technological development has eclipsed the past 19th century Romantic’s notions of our place in the universe. Man’s ego in the past was suppressed by the awesome scale and power of nature. We are now seduced by the awesome possibilities of space.
Technology has enabled us to enjoy and explore the epicness of our universe and beyond – to explore the Cosmos. My work has always involved man’s reflection on our existence within this realm, yet the paintings are produced ‘without us being in them’. I try to reflect elements of our own human insignificance in the paintings, especially in the face of nature – ephemeral and portentous! The paintings suggest that man is on the cusp, or does not exist; a timeless quality before or after mankind.
A huge thanks in advance for your support.