oil on gesso panel ca.2008
Size: 9 W x 9 H x 0.5 in
With ‘the Little Settlement Painting’ series I am looking to exhibit a collection of paintings that describe Ireland in regards to it’s place in a global context… I started painting these paintings fresh out of art college and at the time I wanted to find a way to describe the town I was living in as my college friends were moving away, moving out into the bigger wider world… so the series was conceived as a collection of paintings depicting the various roads that led out of my town and these ‘road' paintings developed over time to become the little settlement series.
The paintings look to capture the soul of modern day Ireland and describe what life in small town Ireland feels like in the early 21st century… these little settlements existing outside major cities and the cultural hotspots as seen on TV, are where people are born and grow up in the hope of one day moving away - to Dublin maybe! or for the truly adventurous going on to a new life overseas.
For the most part the paintings of the series depict the growing town of Gorey (where I live and have a studio) about an hour south of Dublin… and as such, with the improving road network this is now one of Irelands fastest growing commuter towns, (therefore ironically Gorey is fast becoming a place that people from Dublin move to in the hopes of finding a better life in the country…) and in a world where work opportunities are no longer limited by your location - towns like Gorey are no longer as provincial as they were even a generation ago… it is this change that I am now documenting with these works… and using the subject as a larger metaphor to document the changing face of modern Ireland as a whole.