Were We Ever There?
Exhibition of Paintings
by Gerald Davis
February 28th - March 20th 2002
"I am an old-fashioned painter in as much as I love paint and what can be done with it. In secondary school, Christopher Ryan taught me to love all art. When I first went to the College of Art I studied under Terence Gayer. Subsequently Sean McSweeney and I both took private classes with him and he taught us the rudiments of oil painting. He taught us to apply paint in the academic tradition, building up a picture with underpainting followed by glazing, scumbling and other technical methods. Both Sean and I made and prepared our own canvases from scratch which gave us a thorough grounding in technique. I now work on prepared canvases and also use card, paper and board with a variety of media. John Kelly and I had studios together in Capel Street for several years during which he shared with me his enormous knowledge of techniques in all fields of painting and graphics.
Stylistically I started out heavily influenced by the pure abstractions of Pollock and Rothko and did a lot of work in the Abstract Expressionist idiom. I also looked at Yeats, Turner, Matisse and le Brocquy and admired Bacon greatly. I still love them all. The landscape and light of Ireland is wonderful, especially in the west and I love the midland lakes where I am fortunate enough to have a house on an island. The Theatre, Dance and reading and studying Joyce and Beckett have greatly informed my thought and my pictures are probably an amalgam of all of these things combined with my life experience."
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