John O'Grady Irish artist, Dublin and France

The Fairy Rath V
The Fairy Rath V, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 ins
The Starry Plough
The Starry Plough, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 ins
Take me to the Island XIII
Take me to the Island XIII, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 ins
Take Me to the Island XI
Take Me to the Island XI, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 ins
The Spirit of Water  VII
The Spirit of Water VII, Oil on canvas, 32 x 32 ins
Landmarks, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 ins
You are Everything V
You are Everything V, oil on wood panel, 15.75 x 11.75 ins
You are Everything VII
You are Everything VII, oil on panel, 22.8 x 22.8 ins
The Silver Sea
The Silver Sea, Oil on canvas, 20 x 47.5 ins
The Silver Thread
The Silver Thread, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 ins
Clearing in the Wood
Clearing in the Wood, Oil on Panel, 6 x 6 ins
French Marigolds and Ceramic
French Marigolds and Ceramic, Oil on Panel, 6 x 6 ins

Irish artist John O'Grady, Dublin and France

When we make our way through landscape, we are touched and altered by its mood, light and the changing weather. We inhabit it and it inhabits us. This confluence is where my work lies.

I have stood on the shore in the west of Ireland and seen light and mist shifting over sea and land.

I have watched the last rays of sun sweep an orange glow across autumnal vines in Provence.

I have marvelled at yellow gorse flowers, brighter under a leaden sky at dawn.

These moments of alchemy are held in my visual and emotional memory.

You could think that I would be a plein air painter, directly facing the elements but I need to take some distance from the experience.

Standing before nature is emotionally overpowering.

In my studio, I paint with space and time for reflection and work intuitively with texture and colour, adding a mark here, subtracting a colour there,…

The painting is revealed organically and naturally, through me and out of me. An art work is finished when I reach a balance that does not mirror a specific landscape. Rather, it is a representation of emotions, of connections, a particular atmosphere or energy, a mood felt, a sense of time.

My work is rooted in the romantic landscape tradition.


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