2019

Solo exhibition “Float”

Copper Mine Museum of Allihies, Beara, Co Cork, Ireland.
July 19th – 21st August

About “Float”

This show is about the Irish sky, again…
A continuation of my previous work “Floating Anchors”

As I walk, looking up at the ever changing lights, the corner of my eye catches bits and pieces of the rough rural landscape around me. They are somehow anchors keeping me grounded. Sheds, ruins or farm building, fences, bales, electric poles and wires. They were not built with any aesthetic concern, but they have a soul filled with history. And as I turn my head up and around, they become freer and dance into unusual composition,unveiling a subtle kind of beauty, floating in a corner of the sky.

Is the horizon horizontal or is it just an illusion?

Sometimes you don’t need to look up, where the air meets the water the sky is just down there…

I like skies floating on the sea, it feels like the universe is playing hide and seek, trying to steal your balance for a glimpse of time, making boats look like balloons.

I like to imagine the feelings of sea birds as they are floating between sea and sky, the wind turning their dance upside down in a split second.
Floating freedom in wild elements.

On the shores of the peninsula, capturing images of the sky and its mirror, I came across other floating elements that caught my emotions.
I find driftwood fascinating, and am always intrigued by the secret story they carry behind rusty nails and man made shapes.
I like to think of their long travels at sea, mirroring day and night the fantasies of the sky, in the endless breathing movement of the waves.
Contrasts, rough and smooth, matt and shiny gloss.
Floating memories.

Unexpected encounter , as I was spying the floating sky I also met some improbable beach birds, happily dipping their non webbed feet in the reflection of the shiny fluffy clouds.
Neither flying nor floating, the hens on Whiddy island are nevertheless probably the happiest of the country as there are no foxes living on the island…

From the fugitive slices of rural Irish landscapes to the shimmering clouds on the water edges of the Beara, the Irish wild sky continues to mesmerise me and if the horizon has become optional, I definitely found my anchors in this part of the world.

“Float” is a collection of oil paintings on board and on Arches paper.

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Group exhibition

The Allihies Artists exhibition at the Blue House gallery, in Schull
12th July – 24 July

Group exhibition

189th RHA Annual Exhibition
21st May – 10th August 2019

Group exhibition

56th Annual Member’s Exhibition of the Lavit Gallery, Cork city.
28th February – 16th March

2018

Solo exhibition “Floating Anchors”

Copper Mine Museum of Allihies, Beara, Co Cork, Ireland.

July the 13th – August the 7th .

 

About “ Floating Anchors”.

Coming from Belgium -”le plat pays” – (the flat land, as Jacques Brel used to sing it), I have always been fascinated by the Irish skies. They just are so wide, and wild, and alive, breathtaking…

At the tip of the Beara peninsula, where the land meets the wild Ocean, the Atlantic winds play a never ending game in the sky. They seem to have fun creating improbable clouds, painting 4 seasons in one day.

As I am looking up to the ever changing lights, the corner of my eye catches bits and pieces of the grounded things or beings around me. They are somehow anchors keeping me from flying too high.

They are grounded, but as I turn my head up and around, they become freer and dance into unusual compositions, floating in a corner of the sky.

I started to capture some of those fugitive slices of Irish sky in 2017.

The first title that came to my mind for my paintings was “Le Nez dans les Nuages”, litterally “the nose into the clouds” , a French expression that also means “ Daydreaming”.

I now feel “Floating Anchors” is the final title for that series of work, but I still keep the French initials NN on each individual piece.

The square shape of my paintings.

By instinct I choose squares, knowing that I could only catch a glimpse of the infinite clouds playground, but at least squares are as high as they are wide.

The medium, oil.

My intuition choose oil painting. On Arches paper or on board, I like the way the colours magically melt together and create the fluffiness of the changing sky as well as the different textures of my “anchors” elements.

A collection of 50 small oils on Arches paper and 3 large painting on board.

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Mini-exhibition “Floating Anchors”,

part of a group exhibition with other artists: Jenny Richardson, Melania Lynch.

At Sarah Walker’s Gallery, Casteltownbere, Co.Cork, Ireland. sarahwalkergallery

June 25th to July 31st , 2018.

 

This mini-show displayed a collection of 9 small oils on Arches paper.