Friday, October 24, 2014

Raw/Cooked: Last of the Summer Mackerel

My first Solo Exhibit in Paris opens this day fortnight. 
'Last of the Summer Mackerel', at Galerie La Cornue. 
54 rue de Bourgogne, 75007, Paris. 
Don't forget to tell your friends!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Museum of Realist Art, Boston

Recently I was informed that my work has been included in The Museum of Realist Art, Boston. This curatorial collection of  realist painting has been build over time since 2011. The founders are currently looking for a permanent space in Boston. Until then the collection is available online.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

All work and no play

Preparation for my coming solo exhibit in Paris is nearly complete.
Of course there will be some last minute things like crating the works for transport, but all the pieces are framed and gathered bar one!
I will post more information on this first exhibit of my work in Paris soon.

My attention the past number of days has been to return to work on pieces for my commissioned project for SEPIL. I'm really pushing ahead with this work now and feeling more and more comfortable with the remaining time. Its good to have a deadline. My works always more concentrated and focused with one.

You know the proverb 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' - well Thank God I got to let loose on that break in Amsterdam :).

Here is a shot of me with a piece in process that I have abandoned or put aside, at least for a little while.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rijks Museum

I'm back at work in my studio now but on Thursday last I had the chance to spend a day at the Rijks Museum in the heart of Amsterdam's Museum quarter. The Rijks has just undergone a ten year refurbishment and renovation and just opened up fully again in 2013.

The museum is divided up chiefly into four sections.
'Special Collections', on the ground floor which includes works created from 1100 through to 1600 as well as an incredible collection of Asian antiquities which are housed in a special pavilion. 1700 to 1900 on floor one where I was particularly taken by a Goya self portrait. Then the second floor with its great hall and gallery of honour containing works from the 1600-1700 namely the Night Watch by Rembrandt and little gems by Vermeer like Milkmaid and Little Street.

I never made it to the 1900-2000 on the third floor but I suppose they will all be waiting for my return to Amsterdam which won't come quickly enough.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rembrandt's Bed

Four days and three nights in Amsterdam was never enough. What was I thinking?!
Myself and Boo arrived into the Netherlands mid week. It was Boo's first time on Dutch soil.

Our first trip into the city was to visit Rembrandt Van Rijn's house.
Here is an image of his bed in which he slept half upright, the belief being at the time that if you slept lying down you could die from a rush of to much blood to the head!

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Little Audio/Visual Treat

Just finished collaging this little audio visual treat a couple of days ago.

Special thanks to John Des Marais for his incredible generosity in composing the accompanying music. These two musical arrangements entitled ' Color Wheels ' were composed especially for the launch night of my 4th New York City solo show which opened at O'Sullivan Antiques in spring of this year.

I was fortunate enough to have met John Des Marais some years ago in New York. John is a Tenor and Composer who works composing compositions for Film and TV as well as being one of the lead singers and long time member of the St. Patrick Cathedral Choir in New York City.

Hope you enjoy watching and listening to this little collage of recent still life paintings.

Richard Hearns - The Artist's Shelf from Richard Hearns on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Impossible Complexities - SEPIL Commission 013

In the image below you can see me working out an incredibly complex drawing for a painting which will illustrate a section of the terminal processing facility at the Corrib Gas Project.

Below that again is an image of the second stage process I have implemented in the working out of this piece. Here I have washed in various colours which will serve me in illustrating and establishing the overall colour relationship of this complex composition.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Preparedness and Process

It seems to me that I spend a huge about of time and energy organising and reorganising my studio space. Cleaning my brushes, scraping cleaning and relaying my palettes, preparing my mediums etc etc. About every third or forth day I find I'm just surrounded by debri and need to organise my space and materials again. I do this in order to be more clear, focused, efficient and creative with my time. It's a catch twenty two really because in order to be more creative and efficient time wise I have to invest a lot of time in getting prepared!

I remember seeing a film of Gerhard Richter at work in his studio some years ago. Anytime he put his brushes down and took a break from work his assistant would reorganise the space for him. I was madly jealous! Well you know what they say, all good things come to those who wait!

Here's a shot of one of my compositions currently in process.
Hope you enjoy this glimpse.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Still Life over Killary Harbour

I spent close to a year living and working in Westport in 2011. I kept a studio at the Custom House Studios close to the quay. Most weeks myself and Boo would drive out the coast road along Clewbay towards Louisburgh and Leenaun which is situated on the shores of the Killary Harbour fjord and close to the ancient woods near the Maam valley. We loved walking there even in the dead of winter!

I had this landscape piece worked up, but only brought it to a finish recently.
It's a view across the harbour towards Ben Gorm mountain. I think the combination of landscape and these objects works well together with the three mountains in the background echoed by the three major objects in the foreground.

Still Life over Killary Harbour - oil on canvas - 38"x30"

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Old Games

Just finished this large piece the week before last.
There was a great deal of careful observation and drawing in order to make this painting what it is.
Combined in a sort of triangular arrangement each object has been lovingly rendered through my observation of the flow of cool north light and preceding warm shadows.
I hope you like it.

Old Games - oil on linen - 40"x32"
Below also, an image of the work during it's creation to give you an idea of scale.