Preservations
People, in places of attachment

The feeling of attachment to places of familial history is the thread running through this current work. The same images are repeated in different ways, twice, three times, four times. Some images focus on the past, the person and people of the past. Others focus on the present, the ‘now,’ the place in which the person and people of the past once stood. Other images equally combine the new, as it was and as it is, who they were and who they are now.

A road, like any other country road is given a new resonance through the faint depiction of a pram. A child’s reflection in a cottage window generates an interest in the history of this window, those who have peered out from it, and those who lived behind it. The idea of a person whom one has never met, a house one has never visited, creating a sense of ancestry, attachment and place is overwhelming. Some of the people in these paintings are living, some are deceased, and all bear a relationship to the artist. Presented in this way, that relationship becomes incidental. The artist attempts to preserve what has passed, marking the passing of a time and family, while preserving the present.




Sisters (2006)
Oil on canvas
62.5 × 81 cm




D'arcy's Gate (2008)
Oil on canvas
62.5 × 81 cm




Family (2007)
Oil on canvas
84 × 58 cm




Coolagh Window I (2006)
Oil on canvas
84 × 58 cm




Pram (2008)
Oil on canvas
62.5 × 81 cm




Haggard Road (2008)
Oil on canvas
62.5 × 81 cm




Brothers (2008)
Oil on canvas
84 × 58 cm




Front Door Kells (2007)
Oil on canvas
84 × 58 cm




Mother (2008)
Oil on canvas
84 × 58 cm




Coolagh Window II (2006)
Oil on canvas
84 × 58 cm




The Sluice I (2008)
Oil on canvas
35 × 25 cm




The Sluice II (2008)
Oil on canvas
35 × 25 cm




The Sluice III (2009)
Oil on canvas
35 × 25 cm




The Sluice IV (2008)
Oil on canvas
35 × 25 cm




Ladyswell (2008)
Oil and pencil on canvas