Covid Eyes – at the RHA

It is sometimes said that when photography was invented, that it was the end of painting but then, others might say that when photography was invented, that it set painting free!

I was thinking about that when I was working on the painting above, back in 2010.  Those days, I liked creating works that, from a distance, looked purely figurative but, on closer inspection, they revealed the true nature of the work, ie: that it was a “continuous struggle with the materiality of paint and surface”.

Ah yes, mark-making and all that, it’s true of course – the tension between trying to get a likeness and also being aware of the various brushstrokes you’re making – but it could also do your head in, if you weren’t in the whole of your health.

But I was an “invited artist” at the RHA annual exhibition that year and – didn’t I win the ESB Keating McLaughlin Medal for the painting above!

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