Fionnuala Nolan – Group Show
Irish artist whose work starts in the landscape, with sketches, with fragments of land and sea, painted en plein air.
All Fionnuala’s work starts in the landscape, with sketches, with fragments of land and sea, painted en plein air. Her connection with the landscape – walking, swimming, and repeatedly sketching and photographing everything over days and weeks, has taught her that nothing is set. Light, wind, land, rock and sea are forever changing and her work tries to capture that. She studied J.M.Turner’s atmospheric washes of paint and set about attaining a new evocation of Irish landscape and light using layers of shimmering colours. These paintings hurl the viewer headlong into the landscape so that they become a journey, an interaction of what’s being experienced in the space and the reaction to it emotionally. They communicate a sense of awe and enjoyment in the environment, a frightening wilderness but also an intense engagement with it.
Fionnuala continues to explore an aesthetic which is embedded in the historical Romanticism of Caspar David and the great romantic landscape painters, urging us to look inward for our own remote selves, our innate wildness, our uniquely Irish ‘edge’. Her paintings seek to capture an experience of the infinite, to directly confront the viewer with the awesome crashing waves, hard rocks, sunlight vistas and foggy expanses that make up the beautiful primeval power of the Irish landscape.