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Abstraction in conversation

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‘Noctilucent clouds eliminate the throne of Zeus’, by Eamon Colman.

Artists to give talk on joint Claremorris exhibition

‘Mark Makings’, a joint exhibition of work by Eamon Colman and Gary Robinson, is currently running at Claremorris Gallery, and this Friday, the gallery will host a free talk with the two Irish artists.
‘Mark making’ in this case refers to the formal way in which painters lay their materials on their works’ surfaces. Both are terrific colourists working in abstraction. Longford-based Robinson’s work is introspective, unconsciously filtering of a busy world using distinctive roughhewn marks, bold slashes of thick paint and scratched out verbiage to form a wonderfully controlled composition. His paintings marry ‘disinhibition and quiet contemplation’.
Kilkenny-based Colman thinks of himself as a landscape painter, and his work engages with the notion of the ‘great thaw’ from his observations over the years of changes in our climate.
Irish Times art critic Aidan Dunne asserts that “[Colman’s] paintings could be described as meditations on the experience of being immersed in the landscape. Because he is drawn to wilderness spaces, in this context the term landscape might seem to imply an absence of human influence and activity, but that is not the case. He is clearly interested in the profound human engagement with landscape and our complex and increasingly problematic relationship with the land….
“Although he obviously loves the physical fabric of landscapes and enjoys solitude in terms of his own accounts of his travels, it quickly becomes apparent that, for him, people are inseparable from any consideration of landscape.”
During Friday’s talk, Colman and Robinson will come together to discuss their respective bodies of work as well as the themes that unite their artistic practice, in both form and content. They will ‘open out’ the themes inherent in their abstract work, making it more accessible to viewers and enriching their experience of the art.
The joint exhibition ‘Mark Makings’, which includes twenty-five paintings ranging in size and medium, runs at Claremorris Gallery until this Saturday, July 14.
The artists talk  takes place on Friday at 2pm.
Admission is free.

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