A Scattering of Light – Homage to Gaoth Dobhair
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A Scattering of Light - Homage to Gaoth Dobhair
Artist, Ian Gordon has been a resident of Dún Luiche for over 40 years and as an established landscape painter he has chosen to celebrate his local environs.
To Gordon, the enigma of this densely-populated coastal strip has a unique beauty which he works to capture in his painting.
Over the course of eight months he has explored the hidden byways searching for ‘perfect views’ within the locality to set up his easel. These are really elegant and accomplished works, yet they are hard won. Gordon is an intuitive ‘en plein air’, meaning he paints directly from the scenes location, outside in the elements.
En plein air painting is no gimmick for Gordon, it is his ‘élan vital’, his vital force, and he has been working like this for decades.
This painting method gives the artist the opportunity to be dynamic, expressive and act ‘in the moment’, allowing no time for ‘tyding up’ or ‘fixing’. So what we get is an immediate, unedited response.
As a colourist, Gordon has a lifetime of experience layering contrasting colours which, viewed from a distance, merge to a coherent whole.
This body of work is a fitting homage to the artist’s locality, an accomplished celebration of the light and colour therein.