Gordon Moxley is a man of Drimoleague. His family farm is nearby. His great love is painting, ever since he was a child. His approach is bold, intuitive, spontaneous. He is more or less untaught as a painter, and has a built-in sense of colour and design; some of his work often reminds those who study the art world, of certain 20th century painters, yet he has never seen their work. And he seems to have an innate connection too with the ancient, tribal art of other cultures of the world.
Gordon has for many years attended the Bantry facilities of CoAction (he lives with autism), and during the past five years has worked alongside a kind of mentor, as a result of which he has shown his work now in several venues in Co Cork, including Organico, Bantry, Blue House Gallery, Schull, Heron Gallery, Ahakista, and was included in the Members’ Show at Uillinn, and in the international ‘outsider art’ exhibition throughout Cork City in 2016. He has also made three murals, so far all in Bantry, two at the St Goban’s Centre and one in a public site near the hospital.
This is the first time he will have shown his work on his own doorstep, thanks to Noël O’Callaghan and Douglas Henderson who now own what was Mick Burke’s pub (opposite McCarthy’s Bar on the main Street in Drimoleague). The exhibition was put together by Tom Weld, Gordon’s ‘mentor’. We hope it will enable all the local people and friends and his extended family as well as others from further afield, to see his work. Most of the work here is recent. Gordon’s preferred medium is acrylic paint on packaging card, which accounts for the curious shapes and edges of many of them. He has a host of people collecting used packaging for him (pizza, B—y’s tea, packet soup boxes etc), so he is a pioneer recycler as well as a wonderful artist.
Exhibition closed Mondays.