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. My explorations sit between abstract and semi-abstract, sometimes referencing traditional religious poses and stained glass but with the colour and methods of 20th century abstraction.
I am a visual artist from Wexford, Ireland, living and working in Cornwall, UK.
Gothic Light is a large oil painting from 2006. 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.
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.
Painted in 2011 at Krowji studios, Cornwall. This piece evokes the spiritual light of the Holy Spirit coming on to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
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. I love how it captures the essence of shape, but also texture details and a ghostly sense of the transience of nature.
Elements is an abstract series of work exploring colour and texture. Inspired by the earth’s basic elements Fire, Water, Earth and Air. I paint in this series when I want to explore pure abstraction, the behaviour of layers of paint, glazes, fluid motion and scraping away to reveal previous layers.
Elements, dyptich, was exhibited at the Mill Cove Gallery, Kenmare. 2010