Here’s a new painting I’m working on for a series called “In the Jockey’s Room”. I love the expession in the jockey’s faces before and after a race as well as the overall ambience of the jockey’s room. In this series I’ll be trying to capture the intensity that these people bring to the sport as well as the presure, fear and preparation that goes with racing.
This is an oil triptych I did for an exhibition in Galway comemorating the 100th aniversary of the Ester Rising.
The first piece shows De Valera in Bolands mill, the only rebel
stronghold where all women were prohibited from, this paternalistic
attitude would foreshadow the plight of women as he shaped it post
independence to the church’s demands/requirements. The third piece shows
James Connolly,a socialist and incredible thinker and advocate on
behalf of women, as he lies wounded in the GPO, fittingly consoled by a
female presence. The middle piece, a melting statue of the virgin Mary
(melting only on Connolly’s side), attempts to challenge us to imagine
how different Ireland’s post rebellion history vis-a-vis becoming or not
becoming a Catholic state,might have been if Connolly had survived and
helped shape subsequent Irish history.
Oil on Canvas 55x120 cm
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