“Shifting Mood – energy self portrait”

This is my second self portrait.

Title: “Shifting Mood – energy self portrait” Oil on canvas.

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👉🏻 the piece explained :

Sometimes we hide away who we want to be and who we really are. Authenticity and happiness in this life is sometimes achieved when we make huge sacrifices. Some are brave enough to and others are not.

This painting represents the inner war many of us have with trying to survive when we want to cry and choose to solider on even if that means wearing a mask until a time comes when we can step free of it.

This is for anyone who knows what this internal and external struggle is like. I choose blue because right now it reflects the mood. Blue is a colour that suggests peace. It’s the colour of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity. Blue was also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good colour to aid in meditation or relaxation. So in trying to find the calm in chaos. It is also associated with the need to feel authentic and unique. With the splash of red I wanted to draw attention to the struggle.

It is the colour associated with energy and aggression. Red has an effect on our physiological state, since it increases heart rate and makes us breathe faster. Red is very noticeable, so an overuse can be irritating or provoke aggression. A red accent on a neutral background can help draw attention to a single element. This is how I have used it here. The white is purity of mind.

 

Moving through time

“Moving through time” oil on wooden panel.

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Utterly lost in the beautiful work of William Turner today. He wasn’t a people’s artist. He was known as cantankerous and often obsolete of real human connection but he connected to the land and nature. And held full adherence to the truthful capturing of the colours within nature.

“He was not concerned with minutiae and refinements, but adopted violent and sometimes complementary colours (to obtain the greatest degree of luminosity) so that the foreground plane was readily dissolved into a simple patch of colour”.

As he evolved he showed how one could see through the great masses of light and shade. On doing so he not only anticipated certain attitudes of the impressionists towards what is ‘seen’ but came to create the great historical synthesis between the Dutch landscape tradition and the universal grandeur of classicism.

In this piece“Moving through time” that I have painted I am dissembling a landscape and honing in on light and imbalance, the same that is found in nature.

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close up of part of the painting

Energy Portraits

Over the last few months I have been painting a collection of energy portrait pieces which delves in the energy force within a person and captures it onto the canvas.

One woman said that she felt they were metaphysical portraits and then another woman said the same thing to me when I was chatting to her last week. For me, it is my attempt to answer the essentially metaphysical question of the nature of the mind and the psyche of a person or subject matter and then display it on canvas. It then helps or assists the person in further understanding parts about themselves that may have lay hidden or unearthed. A visual representation and reflection of their inner selves on a canvas, if you will. Interpretive of course.

Nature and indeed human nature inspires me. How we are made up and what makes us who we are. Below is a recent Energy Portrait I completed for a rather impressive litigator in London who works for the UN. You will note the strong use of blue and how intense the strength of the tones throughout the painting depict the strength of the subjects energy.  The rest of the story behind it will be maintained as private between the artist and the subject. As it is a very personal kind of portrait where the subject allows the artist enter into their energy space and draw from it. These particular pieces are such an honour to paint.

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Below is another Energy Portrait, this time, it was as if the subject held together moments of her life in her energy field that made up a clear image like a landscape. The red across the bottom depicting a loss of love/life along the way and the calm matured tones and elements reconcile her balance in life.

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The piece below is broken into two parts. It was a very beautiful and powerful lady who works a great deal with people as part of her day to day and the spiritual realm as a physic and life coach. When I met her the beautiful tones of maroon and rich auburn and yellow came to the forefront. A strong male energy came along with it and a shadowy memory of Londons docklands in the 1800 and 1900’s. so in essence it became about more than her own energy but those attached to her too.

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Elemental forces

I have been painting a collection of landscapes and also pieces which display the transmogrification of frail emotions from within onto canvas. Elemental means related to or embodying the powers of nature. And the below are my personal renditions of nature and its energetic flow within the grand cosmos that embodies the mind, the physical self, the higher level of consciousness and our spiritual awareness in connection to the world around us and the changing patterns of it due to climate change and industrialisation.

 

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Landscape collection

Howdy folks, Its been a good few months since I posted last as I work at a computer for a good few hours of the day in my job as a publicist and writer, I tend to use my spare and designated painting time at the easel. Six months after my first solo show in Dublin’s Inspire Gallery and the feedback I received from the Habitat part of the exhibition was so strong in reactions from people and buyers that I decided to follow it more and create some landscapes in the same guise.

The below pieces are about sitting, walking, running and simply connecting with the present moment whilst experiencing the landscape around us, and feeling along with absorbing its energies. I have always been a spiritual being and have read countless books on various esoteric and spiritual rituals and beliefs ranging across a multitude of religions and practices. I will forever be hungry to discover more about the source of where we come from and were we are ultimately going towards. Life and Death being a catalyst here. Along with the practice of simply ‘being’ within a moment.

Heavily influenced by Kazimir Malevich I wanted to tap further into his notions that “A painted surface is a real, living form.” and “Man, as a form, bears within him the eternal principle of being, and by economic movement along his endless path his form is also transformed, just as everything that lives in nature was transformed in him.”

Suprematism and abstract expressionism are two forms I am really connecting with the last year or so. There are soft murmurs and echoes of it here.

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This piece is titled “View from Loughcrew” Oil on Canvas (48 x36 inches). (Price €1200)

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This piece is titled “Sheep on a hill” Oil on Canvas (20×16 inches). (Price €350)

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This piece is titled “Tide moving out” Oil on Canvas (20×16 inches) (Price €350)

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This piece is titled “Clouds that block the sun… where have they gone to?” – Oil on canvas. (Sold privately).

During the manifestation and preparation for my first solo show earlier this year (2017), my paternal Grandfather and maternal Grandmother passed away. They did not go quietly, battling through illness and disease. It was a very poignant part of my life experiencing such harrowing pain on having to watch two paramount figures pass on. A certain calmness comes with grief, in waves or clouds that sometimes hang over us. The exhibition would not have happened where it not for these two people encouraging me to follow art. The sun shining through in two parts is of no coincidence in this painting.

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Launch of Fade

It is a rather chill-laid-back-taking-it-easy Sunday back at the home stead. The week has been busy to say the least. On Thursday night the gallery opened up to the public and a lovely relaxed flow of visitors which included friends, family and new faces arrived intermittently creating the perfect viewing space at all times. The last thing I wanted was lots of people arriving to the gallery all at once, so it was my perfect scenario. The space of each room demanded freedom to experience and view the pieces in a certain flow.

I loved how children perceived the abstract paintings and then how they all followed the eyes of the animals in the ‘creature’ room. It was the highlight and delight of the show for me. I am not a person who gets nervous at events as I am so eager to see reactions and hear commentary. And to get it from children is such a hoot. What moved me to my core was how people reacted to my painting titled “Clouds that block the sun”. It was so personal to me and to see how many people felt the same pain and sadness yet sense of calm viewing it really meant the world to me.

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“Clouds that block the sun”. Oil on Canvas (Sold) 

Depicting Nature’s duality in touches of Blue.

*During the manifestation and preparation for this show, my paternal Grandfather and maternal Grandmother passed away. They did not go quietly, battling through illness and disease. It was a very poignant part of my life experiencing such harrowing pain on having to watch two paramount figures pass on. A certain calmness comes with grief, in waves or clouds that sometimes hang over us. The sun shining through in two parts is of no coincidence in this painting. Neither is the raised bold impasto of paint on the bottom right hand corner, worn like a scar.

Here are some snaps of the night, I would like to thank everyone who came and who also dropped in over the weekend. It is open until July 13th at In-Spire Gallery, Lower Gardiner St.

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FADE: Information on the show and Artist Statement.

Hello, how are you> Thanks for popping by.

Below, I have outlined what FADE is all about in the Information sheet and Artist Statement. If you wish to find out more: simply come to the Gallery from July 6th between 6-9pm for the official public launch or else book a time to view the paintings any day up until July 13th at 12 midday. You can contact me direct or else book a viewing at the gallery via the curator Dino – see http://www.inspiregalerie.com/en/.

I will be present on the 6th however, to talk about the show and the process. I look forward to meeting some of you there, and of course, I hope some of the paintings and artwork resonate.

Thank you,

Linda

FADE | By Linda Coogan Byrne

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FADE is a show that consists of two intertwining forces of nature: ‘Creature and Habitat’.

In ‘Habitat’, Linda attempts to extract the colours she sees in the creatures’ habitat, and remanifests them through an extraction and flow of energetic matter from one form to another. She explores the relationship of the subjects to each other within the space on the canvas. The determining factor is ‘feeling’ the paintings as opposed to just viewing them. Mixing ideologies of Suprematism and Abstract Expressionism, you are invited to experience the artwork in both an objective and non-objective manner, hence the two rooms: ‘Creature and Habitat’.

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‘Creature’ offers a glimpse into the fragmented lives that exist solely for human benefit within the agribusiness model that supplies the food industry and the entertainment and tourist industry which sees the mistreatment of animals within human sport, visual entertainment, poaching and hunting. The pieces are painted with an almost childlike viewpoint at hand, highlighting their vulnerability and beauty from a position of innocence. This is achieved through the use of vivid sharp and exaggerated strokes by using ethically sourced paintbrushes and found objects, such as ripped cardboard, ear buds, pallet knives, plastic objects and sponges as the vehicle to drive the paint across canvas, paper and wood.

In “Woman caught up in a wave of emotion”, the sculptural addition, the sentiment is how easily we can be overwhelmed by life and its intricacies. Linda’s main sources of influence are Suprematist artists Kasmir Malevich and Olga Rozanova along with colour field Abstract Expressionist artist Barnett Newmann and Mark Rothko. Akin to these artists, Linda believes that art should transcend subject matter and that the truth of shape and color should reign supreme over the image or narrative.

Artist Statement:

“There is a conscious movement happening right now around the globe, more and more people are moving away from animal based foods and products, and choosing a more compliant and economically friendly mode of living that benefits not just ourselves but our fellow earthlings and the environment.

Throughout the exhibition, I focus in on the well-known animals within the tourism, meat and entertainment industry and their habitat. I want to make the viewer think about the animal as a sentient being who is deserved of a more compassionate life at the hands of humans. I want to remind him and her of the beauty within Mother Nature.

I broke my right hand twice throughout the process of creating this exhibition and had to wait nearly a year to recover, so I ended up working with my left hand and then, when I healed, my right hand again. It has been an ambidextrous endeavour and one that altered the way I create art. Drawing and painting with my left hand offered me the freedom to go back to an almost childlike sensibility towards the creation process. I had to dig deeper than I have ever done to find out what exactly I was trying to portray in the pieces. Instead of relying so heavily on techniques to make the paintings look realistic, it provoked a more sincere and genuine aspect within in me as to how I would go about conveying the message. It was no longer about wanting something to look a certain way but to feel a certain way; experiencing the artwork along with viewing it.

I reach out and ask you to think about the world around you and how easily it can ‘fade’ away if we do not understand how to be more respectful, ethical and aware of our environment and how the food we eat affects It”.

– Linda Coogan Byrne