Free at Last



Paul has been painting for a long time but it is only in more recent years he has let his work be shown in public. He admits to a reluctance he had to let any of it go. He built up a strong personal following over the years and gradually he began to let pieces be shown as part of larger shows. This slow emergence culminated in his first solo show in the Tramyard Gallery in Dalkey in the spring of 2007.

His work isn't instantly accessible. It can polarise and alienate. But those who spend time with a painting find they very quickly build strong relationship with it. He has continually refused to be restrained by size and when he begins a piece of work it is not predetermined what size it will end up. The painting itself tends to dictate this as it progresses.

He paints on unstretched rolls of canvas which gives him freedom to let the painting go wherever it wants to. His preferred canvas is unprimed as the canvas itself absorbs the paint and the painting and the canvas become one. The act of painting itself then primes the canvas ensuring permanency.

The piece donated by Paul today, with all proceeds going to SeaChange, is called 'A MOMENT OF FREEDOM'. It is from a series of exploratory work Paul continually creates, whilst working on other projects, wherein he tries to capture the impact of  specific 'moments' in time. Every moment is over as soon as it happens, lost in time, washed away. So all that remains of each moment is an impression, a memory left behind. And life is nothing but a whole series of these individual moments joined together. 

For the last year Paul has been solely focussed on painting and not exhibiting, working on a new body of work called 'staring through trees' for planned exhibition at the end of 2008, in Dublin. He works out of his studio, an old pig barn, in Blackrock. It leaks.

"I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life, anybody's life, my life. All he'd wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die."
(Deckard, Blade Runner)