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RTÉ - 8 Artists to Watch in 2019

RTÉ - 8 Artists to Watch in 2019

Painter Martin Finnin has been making art in Cork since the early 1990s. Now represented by John Martin Gallery in London, his solo show there, Go Go Pitch-Black Night!, was a 2018 summer highlight. He is one of the most enjoyable Irish artists to follow on Instagram …

The Mindset of an Easy Breeze

The Mindset of an Easy Breeze

This is a stubborn beast of a canvas. I was sure it would be finished for my show in June “Go, Go Pitch-Black Night”. But no, just before the finish line, it took a sharp left into a dark forest where it has been sitting, defiant and undecided. I couldn’t hear it, and I had no…

The Flight Path of Mechanical Pollen

The Flight Path of Mechanical Pollen

Forms float in and out of my mind. I see a shape and then draw it, but nothing else might evolve from it. This is the first ever Mechanical Pollen sketch. It's tiny and filthy and probably close to ten years old. It’s been on the fridge door, the floor of the studio, just hanging around. I kept drawing others, and the…

Chemical Constables

Chemical Constables

I’ve been painting a contemporary landscape in my head for a long time. The idea first appeared about five years ago while working on the tiny plot of organic vegetables at the back my house. I was just putting in my rocket salads when along came this guy with a giant mechanical machine spraying chemicals on the field surrounding us. Until recently this had been a meadow with a very diverse ecosystem. I liked the wildness of...

 

It's About Time

It's About Time

Painting is kind of a mad thing to do. Being an electrician or baker has obvious merit. Being a doctor is almost saintly. Being an abstract painter seems an inch away from being seen as a causality of society. Being a poet is probably worse, but I don’t know many poets so I can’t say for sure...