“This Must Be The Place” Talking Heads (Original sold, limited edition prints available)
The Saoirse Artist Statement
The Saoirse is a Ketch currently rising to the surface within the heart of the shed at Hegarty’s Boat Yard. My paintings document the evolving, fascinating, construction from cadaverous, skeletal ribs which reveal the structural working innards, which are slowly encased plank by plank to enclose and form the shape and body of The Saoirse.
There is such artistry and craftmanship involved in the creation and development of the structure all contained in the cold, damp, dilapidated and disorderly shed. I seek the beauty and the natural light which radiates from two sides of the shed and the manmade glare both above and sometimes below, highlighting and creating shapes, shadows and textures.
The layers of texture, colour and details demand layers of colours of acrylic paint and ink mimicking the slow emergence of the boat in the shed, from either wood or think textured paper. I find myself pushing and pulling, sometimes stripping back the layers but always searching for the light and the magic.
Music is always present and inspires me while working. I write names of songs and artists all over the place in my studio. So each painting finds a song which becomes its name once completed.
“Cage the Elephant ” Black Madonna. Sold
“20th Century Boy ” T.Rex. (Original sold, limited edition prints available).
“A Summer Long Since Passed” Virginia Astley ( Original sold , limited edition prints available)
“Im Getting Ready” Michael Kiwanuka
“Lockdown” Anderson.Paak (Original sold limited edition prints available).
“Lose My Way” And Burn, Dustin O’Halloran
“So We Won’t Forget” Khruangbin
The Atlantic Mariner
“Sealion” Feist. Original sold limited edition prints available.
If you have ever been to Baltimore you will no doubt know this boat the Atlantic Mariner S226. I swam out to her with the Lough Hyne Lapper’s and took lots of photos was amazing to see her from being in the water.
“Free Today” Albertine Sarges