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  • I build an arena 

    Metal

    Structured and precise

    Cool and absolute

    I move paint here

    Fluid and unruly

    Tensely waiting 

    as it battles to find its place

    A place alive with possibility

    A giving place

    A potent place

    A potent place

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  • CHARLES TYRRELL

     

    NEW PAINTINGS  2015

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  • A23.15 Oil on aluminium 34x34cm

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  • A14.15 Oil on aluminium 34x34cm

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  • A20.15 Oil on aluminium 198x86cm

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  • A19.15 Oil on aluminium 122.5x98cm

  • A8.15  Oil on aluminium 50x40cm

  • A26.15  Oil on aluminium 50x40cm

  • A5.15 Oil on aluminium 34x34cm

  • A27.15  Oil on aluminium 50x40cm

  • A12.15  Oil on aluminium 50x40cm

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  • A10.15 Oil on aluminium 122.5x98cm

  • A22.15 Oil on aluminium 198x86cm

  • A11.15 Oil on aluminium cm   122.5 x 98 cm

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  • A25.15  Oil on aluminium 122.5x98cm

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  • Charles Tyrrell.  New Paintings.

     

    This new collection of paintings by Charles Tyrrell continues his explorations with paint on aluminium.

     

    Alongside painting on canvas, Charles has worked with aluminium for many years, enjoying the contrasting and complementary nature of the two grounds. However, for the past three years he has been working exclusively on aluminium. The paintings in this exhibition have grown from the very particular response of the paint to the metal ground.

     

    The paintings are fast; they are caught in a moment. The nature of their making demands swiftness of movement and thought. It excludes the possibility of slow steady building and only allows for real consideration of the immediate. The essence of the final painting cannot be controlled but simply springs into place as a result of carefully choreographed individual moves. Moves that see the laying down of paint with metal spatulas; metal to metal, laying down and removing in quick successive movements often only allowing a residual flowing line to remain over the ground that has been scoured and, in which, a geometric frame work has been engraved.

     

    The paintings attempt to achieve a distillation and intensification of the artist’s experience of the manifest world, working with natural forms and forces set within the armature of the conscious and the rational.

     

    Charles Tyrrell lives and works at the end of the Beara peninsula in Co. Cork, Ireland in a studio overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Although his paintings are abtract in nature, it is hard not to feel a connection with the power of nature as experienced in this particularly exposed, rocky and rugged landscape.

     

     

  • BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

    Charles Tyrrell originally comes from Trim Co. Meath. He studied painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. After graduating in 1974 he continued living and working in Dublin until 1984 when he moved with his family to Allihies on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork

    He has exhibited extensively in Ireland as well as exhibitions in Britain, France, Austria and Germany. He has represented Ireland on a number of occasions, notably the Paris Biennale and the International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur-Mere in France.

    His work has always been concerned with abstraction. Originally his painting would have directly connected with Abstract Expressionism but over the years his work has steered its course through a more programmatic minimalism while leaving room for the intuitive, allowing the paintings carry many resonances. It is hard not to feel a connection with the power of nature as experienced in the particular exposed, rocky and rugged landscape of the Beara Peninsula.

    Charles Tyrrell is a member of Aosdána, an affiliation of creative artists, established by the Arts Council of Ireland to honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland. 


    A selection of work from this exhibition is available here.

    For more on Charles Tyrrell follow this link.

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  • A4.15  Oil on Aluminium   50 x 40 cm

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