‘On Painting’ 2014
by Martin Ireland
Producing visual art is difficult. It takes considerable energy and enthusiasm. If you are creatively active, then it’s healthy. Artists often ‘borrow’ ideas from preceding artists before taking things further. That’s what I’m doing with my current series of figure painting, using what’s familiar to me, where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and experienced. A photograph captures movement by freezing it in a static way, but if you paint, you can make them flow, particularly if you use watercolour or thinned down acrylic or oils. A splash takes a split second, but the memory of seeing it again and again builds up in memory. How do I paint movement in water? A swimmer passes through a liquid medium. What is actually happening? The waters surface is like a liquid lens. It has memory and movement, which dances in a repetitive way, making it possible to paint it. I like to express the sensation of being there at the moment. One of the difficulties artists have is depiction. How do you depict the three dimensions of life onto a two dimensional surface? I’m also fascinated by the narrative images of Hokasai and Kuniyoshi, whose tipped up perspective clarifies the journey across the picture surface. Sometimes I’ll explore the tidal Thames at different times and rather than use photographic multi-viewpoint images, I’ll produce multi-fragmented images of the same overall image. This way I try to move beyond the limitations of still photographs, which can seem static. This is why painting from life can bring about something that is so much richer than copying form something that has taken a fraction of a second to capture. How far can the artist depart from visible reality and still be convincing? A lot of my art is about research. Producing art is a fine balance between exploratory pursuits and saleable items. I have to make a living out of what I produce. In the end what really inspires me is a satisfied customer making a purchase, weather in a gallery or from a direct commission. Martin Ireland on painting 2014
1987 Canterbury School of Art BA Hon’s Fine Art.
1989 Camberwell School of Art Postgraduate Printmaking & Photography Diploma.
1987 Printmakers Council Open Royal Festival Hall, Southbank.
1988 ‘One 2 One’ Blenheim Gallery, Notting Hill, London.
1989 ‘We Two Boys’ Drill Hall Arts Centre, Bloomsbury, London.
1990 ‘Art 90’ Olympia, London.
1991 ‘Singer & Friedlander Watercolour Open Mall Galleries.
1991 ‘Thames - A liquid History’ Circle Galleries, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
1992 ‘Impressions’ Concourse Galleries, Barbican, London.
1994 ‘Visions of Malta’ Museum of fine art, Valletta, Malta.
1995 ‘Southwark Open.’ South London Gallery.
1998 ‘Not the Royal Academy’ Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, Waterloo, London.
1999 ‘Sporting bodies’ The Contemporary Art Gallery, Belgravia.
2000 ‘Century 21’ watercolour open Bankside Gallery, Southwark, London.
2004 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Mall Galleries, London.
2006 ‘Le Dessin-Expressions’ Alexandre Mottier Galleries, Geneva.
2008 Wandsworth Artists Cooperative The Old Picture House, Wandsworth, London.
2009 ‘The Art of Sport.’ Orleans House Gallery, Richmond Upon Thames.
2010 Wandsworth Artists Cooperative The Putney Exchange, London.
2010 ‘Kink: The Seduction of Art’ Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles.
2011 ‘Richmond Printmakers at 20’ Orleans House Gallery, Richmond Upon Thames.
2012 ‘Fusion’ by the Riverside Artists Group Institute of Physics, Portland Place, W1, London.
2013 ‘Stars in their eyes’ .Riverside Ar Group Institute of Physics, Portland Place, W1, London.
2014 ‘A Point of View’ Artisan Gallery, NW10.
2014 ‘Nude for Thought’ Nolias Gallery, Southwark
2015 ‘Team Spirit: Rugby, Rowing and beyond’ Orleans House, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey.
2015 ‘Re-Defining Beauty’ Leyden Gallery, London, E1.
1987 ‘Exposure’ St Judes Gallery, Kensington, London.
1990 ‘On the waterfront’ The River house, Hammersmith, London.
1996 ‘A Bigger splash’ Rob Gallery, Amsterdam.
1996 ‘A bend in the river’ Novotel, Hammersmith, London.
1997 ‘In at the deep end’ Wolfeson College, Oxford.
2003 ‘Making waves’ Wandsworth Arts Festival, Earlsfield, London.
2006 ‘Water World’ Adonis Art Gallery, Earls Court, London
2007 ‘Bladework’ Wall Gallery, River & Rowing Museum, Henley.
2008 ‘Back to the river’ Kirkham Gallery, River & Rowing Museum, Henley.
Work in private collections throughout the UK, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Geneva, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, & Singapore.
1992 ‘Next Generation’ Gay Times
1999 ‘Rejecting the Best; Financial Times
2003 ‘Painters Pools’ Southwest magazine
2005 ‘In the Swim’ Artists & Illustrators magazine
2008 ‘Ireland comes to the river’ Thames Guardian
National Maritime Museum, Museums of Merseyside, Liverpool