Radharc Aniar - A View From The West
Exhibition of Paintings
by Andrew Newland
Nov 9th - Nov 29th 2001
Official Opening by Joe Steve Ó Neachtain
Andrew Newland - Radharc Aniar, A View From The West
An Dánlann Uí Chionnaith, Gaillimh, 9ú - 29ú Samhain 2001
The Kenny Gallery, Galway, 9th - 29th November 2001
Léirmheasanna - Comments
Andrew Newland's paintings are stories - scéal eile - defining afresh the classic Irish landscape, its hidden depths, its quiet places, its sensual spaces, and all done with remarkable restraint and even more remarkable technique... he is bound to win many new fans.
The Cill Rialaig Project Co Kerry
Tháinig Andrew Newland go h-Éireann sa mbliain 1994. Is ealaíontóir gairmiúil é a bhfuil cuid mhór pictiúirí díolta aige i Sasana agus in Éirinn. Is ceoltóir cumasach é. D'fhoghlaim sé an Ghaeilge agus is cainteoir líofa Gaeilge anois é. Ins an taispeántas seo is iomaí gné de thírdhreach iarthar Éireann a thugann sé chun beatha in sna pictiúir arbh aoibhneas don tsúil iad. Tagann cloch, carraig is trá, móinteáin, riasc is portaigh faoina scuab oilte agus fágtar samhail draíochtúil na n-áiteanna go glé inar n-aigne.
Andrew Newland's creative talent is very evident in his portrayel of the craggy shore of western Ireland: Tourmakeady, Letterfrack, Leitir Móir, Cill Rialaig... districts that are steeped in native culture. The scenes are quiet, deceptively so, below Ceann Bólus with its jagged rocks, evidence of many a tempestuous battle of sea and rock, today so peaceful, its fleeting moment of peace captured by a talented artist's brush.
Seán Ó Ceallaigh
Cill Mháille, Inis, Co an Chláir
"Ní heolas go haontíos" is an old proverb which means "If you want to know me, come and live with me". Andrew does not just visit his spiritual corners, he stays there, and this enables him to get in under the surface, under the skin of these landscapes, into the soul, the essence. His paintings capture beautifully the unique atmosphere and timeless quality of his chosen locations. This sense of place is strengthened by his poetic use of wonderfully descriptive old Irish placenames. Molann an obair an ealaíontóir.
The Kenny Bookshop and Art Galleries Ltd., High Street, Galway
Andrew has drunk of the essence, entered the portals of the inner heart of the landscape and incarnated the experience on canvas. The solid integral unity of the land is palpable. One is struck anew by the complementary relationship of sky, land and sea. These paintings exude presence, message. They inveigle the already interested gaze into a deeper contemplation. They exist to engage with the profound internal unity, the beauty, the wellspring of creativity and peace to be found within and beyond the human soul.
Father Séamus Quinn
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