Date(s) - 01/03/2019 - 23/03/2019
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Taylor Galleries is delighted to present Morning Commute, an exhibition of new paintings by Patricia Burns that opens on Thursday 28 February and runs till 23 March 2019. The paintings in the show have evolved from previous bodies of work exploring the subject of home. They begin with the largest paintings, which depict the trees outside the artist’s house and act almost as portraits. Seen on dark, early mornings when Burns leaves her home to start her working day, they appear in relatively sharp focus – stationary except for the movement of crows and seagulls through their branches. As she drives past the suburbs and out of the city the pace quickens, with small incidental details and the horizontal lines of telegraph wires picked out against the lightening sky above a blur of tail lights, thickets of conifer and bare winter branches. These smaller paintings are of ambiguous invented places, layered compilations of landscapes recorded subconsciously by Burns’ mind’s eye as she moves away from the defined security of home and out into the world beyond.
Reviewing her previous exhibition, Dublin Paintings, in The Irish Times in 2016, Aidan Dunne noted that “Burns paints with increasing skill and assurance, suggesting things rather than spelling them out. Mist and dampness are pervasive… [and] the unknown, the incalculable, always lingers at the borders of her painting.” Mysterious in-between spaces, neither urban nor rural, recur frequently in her work. Anywhere and nowhere, familiar but not, they allow the viewer to project their own lived experience onto the paintings while simultaneously accompanying the artist on her travels.