Elements and Samuel Beckett: Paintings | Online Exhibition by Roisin Ní Neachtain


Date(s) - 28/01/2021 - 01/03/2021






An exhibition of new paintings inspired by Samuel Beckett’s plays and of Irish abstract landscapes by the Irish artist Roisin Ní Neachtain.

The exhibition can be viewed on www.starsandmud.com from 28 January.

Roisin Ní Neachtain is an emerging Irish – Scottish artist, poet and translator. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland and, though mainly self-taught, was briefly educated at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and then at Trinity College Dublin before studying under Irish artist Gill Berry for two years. She formerly exhibited under the name “Georgie Wren” and is the creator and editor of the online literary and art journal  “Crow of Minerva”.

My current work demonstrates versatility although its main focus is landscape-inspired abstract paintings. Initially I sought to reduce my memories and perceptions of landscape down to simple shapes, marks and “shadows” using a limited colour palette. I believed, like Hofmann, that “the ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak”. However, my recent paintings are becoming more complex and are evolving into emotional landscapes. Each work is a response to a different landscape and/or emotional state. The work’s reflection of the environment, its connection to ecology, is of urgent importance to me.

My work is mainly informed by American and Australian abstract expressionism, the School of London but more recently also by Irish Modernism, Per Kirkeby and Chinese artists such as Tu Hungtao and Zao Wou-Ki.

Mid-2020, as my interest in literature intensified, I found myself returning to figurative work as well. This time inspired by the plays of Samuel Beckett. The first painting in the series was “Words and Music.” The rest of the paintings were left untitled as abstract figures/heads in an abstract world.

     – Roisin Ní Neachtain


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