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A catalogue of a solo exhibition by Irish Painter Lucy Doyle held at the Doorway Gallery in Dublin during May 2019.
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This catalogue represents the recent work by the colourist Lucy Doyle. In this latest solo show at the Doorway Gallery, Dublin in May 2019, called Blue Moon she exhibits 24 new oil paintings which she started in late 2017 concluding the final one by the end of 2018. ‘The subject matter of my work,’ she says in her introduction, ‘is a reflection of my life in rural County Wicklow with my family, friends and animals. I let an idea for a painting slowly evolve in an open and organic way; letting it gradually filter through into my consciousness, where it gains momentum, until finally emerging as a complete idea for a painting. All this must happen before I can start on the practicalities of reproducing it into paint on canvas. In this way I can paint something that has its origins in something so abstract as a feeling, mood or sense of place; a painting that is intensely personal and authentic to me. The moon is such an integral and romantic part of all our lives, full of mystery and significance and 2018 was a special year. Two full moons in the months of January and March, two blue moons, a super moon and two total lunar eclipses. I have always been drawn to moonscapes for the mood and colour palette it inspires. So, I had no hesitation in naming this recent collection, Blue Moon, after one of my large canvases of the same name….what I have ultimately set out to achieve in my lifetime, is to peruse the complex journey of a colourist and picture-maker; continuing to challenge and explore the endless permutations and possibilities of what makes for me, a good and enduring life-enhancing painting. That is why each painting is unique, representing a moment in my life.’
A catalogue of a solo exhibition by Irish Painter Lucy Doyle held at the Doorway Gallery in Dublin during May 2017.
ISBN: 9781912290062 (ebook)
Publication date: 01/06/2017
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The catalogue of the solo exhibition of paintings by the Irish-based artist Lucy Doyle shown at the Doorway Gallery in Dublin during May 2017. Called ‘Feast’ the collection of paintings were inspired by her daughter’s wedding. She writes: ‘I started work on this exhibition in autumn 2015, directly after my daughter’s wedding, which we celebrated at home, which took up months of preparation, working on the garden etc. From out of all the excitement and celebrations, ideas for paintings began to take shape. Flower girls, gardenscapes, food-laden tables, and flower arrangements became a rich source of inspiration for the work I was planning to do for my next show. And so ‘Feast’ emerged. ‘ Since graduating from Art College in 1982 Lucy Doyle has held a solo show every 1 - 2 years. Over these past 30 or more years, she has developed her own very unique and personal style, which is about colour and textures. Her compositions are constructed within a shallow space, in which she challenges the conventions of perspective, in order to celebrate the surface decorative qualities and two dimensionality of the canvas. She writes: ‘I like to keep an open and relaxed mind when it comes to my subject matter. This enables me to be very eclectic, sourcing ideas from the place and people around me, or from books, films, paintings, from art history or simply a feeling, a whim, nostalgia or even a mood. When it comes to composing and constructing a painting from an idea, I like to incorporate an element of experimentation. I achieve this by trying out new ways to apply the paint. In Feast I have explored different coloured grounds within one composition, from terre verte to cadmium red, as well as my old favourite rose and ochre hues, hopefully finding different ways to represent my idea of space and form. By pushing the boundaries and limits of my style as far as I can go, I attempt to keep my work as alive, vital and as fresh as possible. When it comes to the act of painting itself, and when I finally get out the paints and start laying out the composition, I very quickly let the interplay of colour and textures that are created in the moment take president. Whatever it takes to produce a balanced harmonious painting, where the colours remain vibrant and stand alone, is in essence what I am all about. At this stage, previous plans of content and narrative might be shelved or compromised to the betterment of the whole. I work in impasto using a palette knife which keeps me in touch with the pure physicality of the paint in all its tactile, colour- infused buttery beauty.’