Stemming from Eamon Colman’s consideration of the rural uplands of northeast County Kilkenny, in the south-east of Ireland, a place 900 ft. above sea level - above the snowline where he lives, this new series of paintings meditates on the weather and its effects on how we conceive and perceive landscape.
THAW acts as a metaphor for what is both concealed and revealed, a conceptual tool creating an elusive interplay between figuration and abstraction. Colman explores this in-between-ness through both large and very small scale works on paper, using acrylic, gouache and watercolour he employs techniques of layering and gluing, tearing back and scratching into to articulate both myopic and hyperoptic fields of vision.
Click HERE for an essay by Ian Biggs on Eamon Coleman's painting, 'The Poets House'
Eamon Colman was born in Dublin 1957. He is an elected member of Aosdána since 2007 in recognition of his major contribution to Irish culture. He is a professional visual artist, practicing for nearly 40 years in a full-time capacity.
His professional career spans from 1979, having created almost forty solo exhibitions nationally and Internationally. Most notably he was
invited to host a retrospective of his work ‘Panorama: A Review’ at The Strule Arts Center, Omagh 2013; ‘Monument’ Stern Studio gallery,
Vienna 2011; ‘Before the dark gets stronger than the light’ Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Center, Tallaght, 2010; ‘Remnant’ The Cecille R.
Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, USA, 2008; ‘Salt River’ The Oriel Queens Hall Gallery, Wales 2010 & 2006; ‘Breath of the River’ Galleri Caernarfon Cyf, Wales 2007. A major mid-term retrospective exhibition of his work “Post Cards Home” was held at The Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin in 1996, accompanied by a Monograph by Brian McAvera, "Dreams from The Lions Head, The Work of Eamon Colman" by Four Fields Press. He has exhibited on a bi-annual basis in the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin from 1990 to 2003 and 2004 – 2015 at Hillsboro Fine Art, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, www.hillsborofineart.com
A 25-year retrospective of his work is featured in Profile 25 – Eamon Colman (Gandon Editions, Kinsale). His work can be viewed on:
He lives in the rural uplands of north-east Co. Kilkenny
Click HERE for an essay by Ian Biggs on Eamon Coleman's painting, The Poet's House