Saturday 23 March 2019
10:30 – 12:00
dlr LexIcon, Studio theatre, ground floor
Join artist MARTIN GALE for a discussion of his attachment to Irish landscape, stories and characters of rural countryside, and technical decisions, freedom and ideas that led and developed his artistic life, and summed up experiences of generations of Irish people in his paintings.
Seamus Heaney has written of Martin Gale’s paintings, they silence us, “they invite us to look twice, then to stand still looking until we begin to wonder if there is such a thing as innocent bystanding. They hold in a single, steady, local focus the reality and anxiety of the time”.
“Like good short stories, the works themselves prefer to tantalise than to explain; they spark the viewer’s imagination but they don’t dictate its direction; they illuminate but they never merely illustrate; they have a story to tell but they are (wisely) not spelling it out.” – Dennis O’Driscoll ‘Martin Gale: View to Vision’
“Time and again in work that is acutely attentive to both surfaces and what is beyond the surface, Gale displays an uncanny knack for encapsulating quintessential aspects of life in rural Ireland – and hence of life itself.” – Aidan Dunne
Superbly realised. Gale paints what is it like to be in rural Ireland, rather than looking at an idealized version of it.” – read Aidan Dunne’s review in ‘The Irish Times’
“Gale is also a compelling recorder who is fascinated by the interaction between people and the landscape, or in his own words ‘how it changes them and how they change it” – Alison FitzGerald for ‘Irish Arts Review’
Martin Gale at Taylor Galleries
Artist’s website www.martingale.ie