My paintings, etchings and lithographs are explorations of dream visions and dreamlike visions that I compose while being fully awake. I make large, medium and small scale paintings in different media that include oil on canvas and mix media on paper. I emphasise the surfaces of the work as cohesive fields of energy, abstract expressionist in style, and I strive to achieve unity between my subject matter and the layering of pigments and brushstrokes.
As a print-maker I work in the same spirit, creating visions with many marks in hard ground, soft ground and sugar lifting aquatint, on copper plates.
My work is continuous as a one integral body between the different media that I use both as a painter and as a print-maker.
My work can be viewed as ‘simple’ nature or landscape based compositions, aiming to be balanced and pleasant visual creations, with a lot of energy in the pigments and the tones. In the same time, upon a prolonged observation, my work aims to unveil and communicate something of a metaphysical nature, an essence or a power that exists at the ebb of life, as principles, dealing with the question of the nature of our existence.
The fish for example is a creature that appears in many of my compositions. I suppose that because of its antiquity in the species it contains much of the universal data of the prehistorical, the undocumented and the unknown. It is a representation of the unconsciousness, and in my visual compositions I use the fish in many ways.
Atmospheres in my paintings and etchings are very important and I work hard exploring the principles of traditional painting and printmaking to create works that are meaningful to me.
In creating visual compositions and executing them via the energetic work of my chosen medium I strive to create artworks of strong atmospheres that project the truth of their poetical content.
‘Compassion, Meditation at Fishtree’, Solo Exhibition at Graphic Studio Gallery , Dublin, 9th April – 2nd May 2015
‘Compassion, Meditation at Fishtree’ is the title of my show, which is the combined titles of two multi-plate etchings and aquatints featuring in this exhibition. These two works contain some of the elements of my visual language that I developed as poetry that tries to touch the essence of the heart, and the core of moods and atmospheres.
While each etching and aquatint in this body of work has its own unique content and story to tell, I chose the two works ‘Compassion’ and ‘Meditation at Fishtree’ as the title for the entire exhibition.
The act of meditation, in this case the meditation at the extraordinary phenomenon of Fishtree, is a cerebral activity that aims to enlighten our intellectual mind and eventually lead us to wisdom. Such wisdom brings us to the world of compassion, which is the ability to feel for and understand the other, be it a human being or an animal.
The work of the artist, as I see it, is the work of meditation while constantly staring at vastly incomprehensible things, and continuously experiencing the inability to know what is it, what I am looking at. The meditation is twofold, external and internal. While trying to see clearly and understand what I am seeing, on the outside, I also meditate on the state of my ignorance, inside, my own inability to know. The internal meditation initiates me into the world of Compassion and in this way while meditating at Fishtree, the world of Compassion is born .
I feel that most human beings spend their lifetime meditating at Fishtree, witnessing mystical, psychological and physical phenomena they do not understand, while constantly searching for the world of the heart, that is the world of compassion. This is probably synonymous with the ‘Heart of Gold’ that Neil Young and other musicians and poets are looking for.