From the Heart to the Hand | Derek Fitzpatrick at Duke St Gallery


From the Heart to the Hand | Derek Fitzpatrick at Duke St Gallery Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/05/2022 - 09/06/2022

Duke St Gallery





The Duke St Gallery is delighted to present ‘From the Heart to the Hand’ an exhibition of new paintings by Derek Fitzpatrick

Launch of the exhibition:

Thursday 12 May, 17:00-20:00 pm.

Exhibition continues until 9th June. Open 12-5pm Wednesday-Saturday.


Painting for Fitzpatrick is not about the description of the visible world; it is a means of conveying the inner landscape of the artist’s heart and mind. Images of nature have remained a potent source of inspiration for artists down to the present day.

Lately, Fitzpatrick has become fascinated by Chinese paintings from different centuries and their artistic expression has been deeply imprinted with images of the natural world. Viewing Chinese landscape paintings, it is clear that depictions of nature are seldom mere representations of the external world. Rather, they are expressions of the mind and heart of the individual artists. In a similar way, in his own work, he tries to connect with the idea of the human being and the landscape it inhabits.

In this way Fitzpatrick tries to explore the psychological and spiritual places in the landscape around him. His work describes not the actual world but rather an interior realm; they are the product of his imagination and an intuitive merging of numerous sources, including photographs and memories of photographs, fleeting moments, feelings, and moods. He finds himself wanting to paint about the human inside nature, or nature as seen by the human mind.

These are transitional places that sit between land and sea, connections much like those moments between dream and reality, life and death. In this way, his style moves between abstraction and representation. To achieve this, he mines countless sources to create composites of places, stitching together fresh, complex, psychological landscapes.

Painting is an alchemical process in a way. It is the magical process of transforming or combining elements into something new. At the beginning of a painting Fitzpatrick might have an idea of what he’s going to paint, but most of the time this is abandoned and replaced with a new idea. Sometimes this can happen many times on the one canvas. He might scrape it off or paint over it. This creates a new surface which for him is as important as the image. Adding to this he makes choices of color, form, and gesture, He sets abstraction against representation, line against wash, dry against dripping brushwork and texture against smooth. Through these different techniques, landscapes often emerge ghostlike from their surroundings.

Fitzpatrick hopes his paintings will awaken the imagination of the public to remind them of the beauty of the landscape and their surroundings, with the ongoing threat of climate change worldwide which is a constant. Through this he aspires that his work will give viewers the chance to tap into their spiritual sides and he hopes his paintings would act as springboards for contemplation that ask us to consider our own hidden worlds.

Derek Fitzpatrick

About the Artist

Derek Fitzpatrick graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2006. He is represented by Duke Street Gallery, Dublin, Ireland and Barbara Stanley Contemporary Irish Art, London, UK. He is also exhibiting with the Trinity gallery in Dublin and was represented by the Glasthule Gallery in Dublin 2017-2018. He has exhibited on various occasions in solo and group shows, including the Royal Ulster Academy, Villa Tittoni (Milan), Hallward gallery, Glasthule gallery, Chimera gallery and various art centres and galleries around Ireland. His work features in public collections including that of OPW, Ardstone Capital, Unicorn Restaurant and Cavan Arts Centre as well as numerous private collections in Ireland, UK, Europe and USA.

Derek is from Dublin and his studio is currently based in Co. Kildare.

The works in this exhibition can be purchased by contacting Duke Street Gallery.


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