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My work explores sources of light, both real and spiritual, elemental textures and evocative silhouettes. I work in oil paint and Cyanotype photography. I aim to create a visual experience that evokes a contemplative mood and awareness of the transcendent. I am greatly influenced by the history of art in the Catholic tradition and I have travelled extensively in Italy. My explorations sit between abstract and semi-abstract, sometimes referencing traditional religious poses but with the colour and methods of 20th century abstraction.

I am a visual artist from Wexford, Ireland, living and working in Cornwall, UK.

Cyanotype Photography

I have been exploring this medium since 2017. Cyanotype, also known as blueprinting, is a 19th century method of reproducing an image using iron oxides painted on to paper. The sun turns the oxide a deep blue colour, leaving a white negative image. The beauty of this medium is in its position between painting, mono-printing and photography. It is possible to scale up, to produce on fabric, or to create partial exposures and painterly effects. Most of the process can be completed outdoors, making it a wonderful medium in the summer, in nature.

Elements

Elements is a series of abstract pieces inspired by the actions of nature, and the four basic elements – Fire, Earth, Air, Water. These pieces explore the colours of fire and earth and the motions of fluid. Elements ‘dyptich’ was painted in 2010, exhibited at The Mill Cove Gallery, Kenmare.

‘Summer Elements’ painted in 2021, exploring the intensity of summer heat, water, coastal landscapes in the sun and a feeling of joyful inspiration. This painting has a particular significance, as it was the first I had done in a very long time, and I enjoyed every minute!

Gothic Light

Gothic Light is my largest finished painting to date (approx 150 x 200cm). This was inspired by church architecture and stained glass. It was painted as a gift to my brother, Fr Jim Doyle on the occasion of his ordination to the priesthood in 2006.

Gothic Light

This piece currently hangs in the parochial house, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. In 2021 it had a new lease of life outside Greyfriars Oxford, as part of a digital gallery display called Art on the Streets.