Poulaphouca: New Paintings & Works on Paper
Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny
March 16 – May 12, 2019
From the Butler Gallery:
“The Butler Gallery is delighted to present the first large-scale solo exhibition in Ireland by the Wicklow-based, Texas-born artist Sam Reveles. This exhibition will include new paintings and drawings that are imbued with great intricacy and detail. Throughout Reveles’ career, he has explored the expressive possibilities of line and space to create abstract compositions inspired by landscape, and ideas about infinity as seen in different aspects in nature.
Reveles’ studio is situated opposite one of the Blessington Lakes in Wicklow and is surrounded by stunning landscape and spectacular night skies. While Reveles is not a plein air painter, this body of work comes closest to him working outside observing all as he constantly moves in and out of his studio. These are not direct landscape paintings but instead are about how landscape mutates, how shapes take form, and how the artist remembers these shapes.
I am intrigued by the effect of time and distance on our vision and how we experience landscape. I am also fascinated by the dynamism of place that on a cursory view can appear static, but on deeper observation, can reveal an infinity of natural processes.
The colour palette employed by Reveles in this body of work is informed by Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland, because of the variation of landscape. These vistas can fluctuate from sparse areas only inhabited by yellow gorse bushes and purple heather, to lush green forests and gardens, wild brown bogs, rolling mountains and deep dark lakes.”
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