The fall of snow in early March 2018 proved to be a very productive time for me. With no distractions, I went to my studio and began a long promised return to my roots, the use of COLLAGE. Since I was a teenager I combined cut-outs with the painted image for parts of the image that I could not source from magazines etc. The result is rewarding and fun. For some years now I have been exploring imagery around food, especially food trends and food security.
LEFT: Saint George and the Sushi, mixed media on paper, 40x28 cm, 2018
My last solo exhibition, called The Secular Icons, which was shown in Axis, Ballymun for the month of November 2017 is now over and was very successful, both commercially and critically. Most of all it was very popular with the local people of Ballymun who had very nice comments to make. Follow the link below to read a review. Professor Gary Granville wrote this review published in CIRCA, .http://circaartmagazine.website/this-matters-now/ and this one appeared in the DUBLIN INQUIRER www.dublininquirer.com/2017/11/14/a-ballymun-exhibit-frames-the-profane-with-the-sacred/
The exhibition consisted of nineteen small-scale icons that have the same subject matter as byzantine and renaissance icons but with contemporary themes. Religious icons gave worshippers the template of how to live, the ideal family and how to behave etc. in modern times, ethical decisions are often influenced by advertising and the mass media. The exhibition took an often humorous look at body image, buying free range and raising a family in contemporary Ireland.
Left: The Loaves and Fishes Diptych, [Just how does the story go? Was it fives loaves and two fishes or two loaves and five fishes?] Oil on board, 25 x20 cm each panel.