Art Exhibition and Reception
Join Elms College and the ICC on Thursday, September 4, 2014 for a reception with the artist, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Borgia Gallery, Dooley Campus Center, Elms College
The exhibit is on display in the Borgia Gallery from August 30 to October 4, 2014.
Paintings of Ireland: A Sense of Place
My paintings have a lot to do with light, and with paint itself. I try explore the full range of what daylight and nighttime have to offer, tackling blinding sunshine, to absolute darkness, and every mood that exists in between those two extremes. Using layers of transparent paint, I try to create maximum depth and richness in a scene. As a plein air painter, I love to work outdoors with spontaneity and speed, and to harness happy accidents. Rather than vistas or panoramic scenes, I am often inspired by the true colors of Irish street life, pub interiors, and other ordinary places. I’ve been influenced by many different schools of thought in art, including the Ashcan School, Russian Impressionism, the Taos painters, Turner’s landscapes, and Rembrandt’s portraits, as well as my early trade-school training in sign painting and decorating, which gave me a great foundation in the practical aspects of applying paint efficiently. I immigrated to Boston in 1990 from my hometown of Kanturk, County Cork, Ireland, and since then, I find that returning home to Ireland is a source of endless inspiration in my life and in my work. ~Vincent Crotty