Just thinking about how much overindulgence there is to come in this next month!
This tree is from a few years ago, ours isn’t up yet this year
New poem (draft) November 2021
Chocolates and toffees in bright tubs almost force fed piled high in the aisles everywhere in the Northern hemisphere in all of Christendom from October to January. So much gold foil and bright lights. Too much for me, for my eyes for my mind for my heart for my soul. For my teeth. For the Earth a farce of false sweetness. Corruption and greed. How much stuff do we need. Feed the hungry. Not addiction, excess weight and Big Business. It keeps me awake at night, gives me heart burn and palpitations. Nations aren’t ready to lay down their excesses or redress the imbalances of their fathers and grandfathers. What of the mothers and children and their children and grandchildren when the lands in the South that grow sugar cane are desert and dead? When will they get it into their heads We don’t want all their baubles and promises. Fudged fixes and smoke screens. Christ would have been happy with dates
Paintings by Liz Doyle
October 20th-November 30th 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 20th 6 – 8 pm
Mark Borghi Fine Art
2426 Main Street
“Color and light are the foundation behind Liz Doyle’s bold yet transient paintings. Her works are focused meditations that challenge what is seen and unseen and how one’s surroundings affect an artist’s vision.
Working in oil and cold wax medium on canvas and board, the paintings are mostly modest in scale. Doyle uses bright palettes exploring a range of jewel and earthy hues, not unrelated to where the paintings may lead the viewer in their sense of place.
The atmospheric light conditions rendered through wax paper paint application contrast with the bold textural scrape lines on the surface of the paintings. These lines, often appearing as scratches take on triangular shapes and break through the surface of the two-dimensional picture plane offering another dimension. Their presence in the works emit a force, providing a grounding element as though tethering sails to a ship, or flaps on a tent to the ground. The lines are a constant reminder of our connection to the earth.
Existing in the realm of metaphor the paintings elicit moments of personal motif and signage. They reference maps and mountains, both ways to trace one’s bearings, as would be needed during a journey travelling by sea or space, such as the exhibition’s title describes. While the work is informed by the artist’s surroundings at her time of making, they emit a sense of water and land. This is perhaps a byproduct of daily visualization of what is on the artist’s mind or in her sight. Doyle relates the tethering lines to having a directional element—something that moves from point A to B. She relates this imagery in her paintings, to being able to see the mountains on the skyline from her studio and how they ground her in knowing where she is and when she is. These references between what is seen, felt and explored with a focus on painting itself give homage to artists such as Joan Mitchell and Robert Motherwell.”
These 6 small pieces ( two are 12″ square, the other four, 6″square) are being mounted and framed as 3 diptychs for my solo show at Mark Borghi Fine Art in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York which opens on 20th October.
With Mark Borghi at his gallery, Mark Borghi Fine Art in Bridgehampton, Long Island where I have been invited to show in October.
The painting between us is by Willem De Kooning, and you can see Elaine de Kooning’s painting, ‘Ballpark’ behind Mark. Their current show is ‘Compendium’
Also in this show, paintings by Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Hans Hoffman as well as works by Alexander Calder and John Chamberlain and much more
It was a real pleasure to meet Mark and also Lucy Gong. I am staying in New York City for a month and also visiting his other gallery there where the solo show for Alyssa di Edwardo opens on 12th September. While I am over here I will be working with gallery manager Katherine Gagnon to prepare for my show, and helping her oversee the preparation of my paintings arriving from Ireland, including 4 large pieces that are being stretched locally
More details later. My show, ‘Voyage’ will open at MBFA in Bridgehampton on 20th October and run till end of November