An exhibition of new paintings by Neal Greig
April 6th – 27th
The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick St, Dublin 2.
The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exclusive show by Neal Greig entitled ‘Wild Places’. The show will take place Thursday April 6th 6-7.30pm, at No. 24 South Frederick Street, and is scheduled to run until April 27th .
“Exploring the language of paint and investigating creativity of the moment are
fundamental aspects on my journey of making a painting.
The elemental combination of earth, air, fire and water are my core subject matter,
once thought by the ancient Chinese to be the components of a human body. I seek to
infuse and overlap these elements in a distillation of paint.
There are musical and poetic comparisons as I aim to create a breadth of dialogue in
response to a live landscape situation. I attempt to weave a line between abstract
passages of paint that which is familiar, analytical and representational. I am
reminded of a Jazz musician using a familiar musical passage as the hook on which to
hang his improvisations. Similarly, the landscape is equivalent to my hook.
I am interested in going outside to paint, responding to the day as it changes and
unfolds. I document the light, space and texture, spontaneously painting the changes,
observing and marking the passing of time.
At times a vigorous approach is employed, capturing a sense of urgency in an effort to
catch the changing light. This could then pass on to analytical observation, seeking to
emulate the subtle complexity of natural forms.
Working outside brings an instinctive aspect to painting. I employ a directness of
articulation and economy of language. At times areas are left understated while other
areas are the focus of attention. This is reflective of how the mind, the eye and the
hand respond in a cohesive flow in response to working from life, whilst the creative
energy emanates from the heart.
I look for a sense of pictorial space, taking the furthest point from the eye, then
drawing the composition towards me. Conversely, the viewer, looking at the surfaces
and reading the painting is gradually drawn through the space. In a sense I am
painting an organic, natural space rather than a picturesque view of the landscape. I
am not averse to the beauty and interconnectedness of things.
The palette of colours is kept simple. Considerable mixing takes place, on the palette
and on the painting. I push the paint around using various brushes and tools as the
pigments get to know each other. I often think of the process of painting as a series of
mistakes, with an underlying sense of knowing, continuing towards a resolution.
Working within the parameters of a creative window, I see the painting evolve. I aim
to depict a distillation and observance of the passing of time, rather than a
photographic snapshot of a landscape, which represents a split second.
At times, the event of doing a painting can be very challenging. Finding and getting to
a location which has the right combination of elements, also being weather beaten and
insect bitten, standing too close to the edge on windy days sneaky freak waves, not to
mention close encounters with various animals are all part of the happening.
At times I am struck in wonderment, standing, painting the passing of a day as the
planet revolves around the sun” Neal Greig
Date: Thursday April 6th
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Gallery opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10.30-6pm
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