Transient light, an exhibition of new works by Deirdre O'Brien will run until Saturday 27th November.
My paintings while belonging very definitely to the genre of landscape, are not focused on the pictorial recording of a scene or place. Instead they concentrate on atmosphere, the elements, transient light and weather conditions and their effect on the landscape.
The excitement first experienced by being in these conditions, is brought back to the studio, where I try not only to recreate but to build on the mood. The drama of the elements is echoed by heightened colour, paint texture and markmaking. My use of a warm fiery palette continues in this series of paintings but is also contrasted with a range of cooler darks.
The dramatic changing light of skies is omnipresent in this work and is often set against seemingly vast tracts of land. The mostly empty areas of land sometimes hint at habitation, with the appearance of small dwellings which seem to emphasise the power and might of the elements.