Peter McSweeney - Cork

Birch in December
Birch in December, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 55 cm
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Gloria Bog 1
Gloria Bog 1, Oil on Canvas, 70 x 100 cm
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Gloria Bog in November
Gloria Bog in November, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 120 cm
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Hawthorn in Autumn
Hawthorn in Autumn, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 60 cm
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Eire 31
Eire 31, Oil on Canvas, 80cm x 80cm
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Sea Thrift
Sea Thrift, Oil on Canvas, 55 x 70 cm
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Poet's Way
Poet's Way, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 180 cm
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Sheep's Head Cliff Edge
Sheep's Head Cliff Edge, Oil on Canvas, 70 x 100 cm
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Sheep's Head II
Sheep's Head II, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 80 cm
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Atlantic View
Atlantic View, Oil on Canvas, 90 x 90 cm
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Wild Thyme
Wild Thyme, Oil on Canvas, 55 x 70 cm
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Coolturtaun Loch
Coolturtaun Loch, Oil on Canvas, 70 x 100 cm
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Irish artist Peter McSweeney, Cork

Peter McSweeney is a contemporary Irish landscape artist from Douglas, Cork. McSweeney graduated from Ballyfermot College Dublin in 1999 with a Diploma in Classical Animation. On completion of his studies he returned to Cork city and explored computer graphics before deciding to focus on painting. He took a studio in the Art Hive complex on Mac Curtain St where he met Jo Allen, an American Artist who introduced him to painting in oils.

Over the decades, McSweeney has continued to explore many aspects of oil painting, including on occasion making his own paints from raw materials. He has developed a profound sympathy with unspoilt wild Irish landscapes, excised of artificial structures and traces. He makes extended observations in remote locations, sometimes simply being present and experiencing phenomena whether it is waves crashing against the rocks or the vast stillness of a forest.

For many years McSweeney lived down in West Cork on the Beara Peninsula. Across Bantry Bay lies the Sheep's Head. With its breath taking rugged cliff faces and serene atmosphere this remote spot on the South West of Ireland provided the inspiration for this current exhibition.

McSweeney starts his process with a combination of extensive plein air sketches and photography from the chosen location. In the studio using a palette knife to apply a base layer, he then generously lays out down multiple layers of impasto paint, working from broad blocks of large landscape elements and gradually resolving down to fine details such as individual blades of grass.

Multiple viewers of McSweeney's work have been moved to remark on the tactile nature of the paintings when seen en vivo, a common theme being close to feeling one might reach out and touch the grass, stone and loam. McSweeney is reticent to articulate aloud a specific aim or programme for his work, deferring to the subjectivity of the viewer, but has noted this particular response has a resonance for him.

Original artwork, online and Worldwide (since 2000)

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