Green on Red Gallery


New Works
Mark Joyce

  • 19 Apr - 26 May 2012

Green On Red Gallery is delighted to present New Works by Mark Joyce, running to May 26, 2012. The artist uses colour on gessoed panels in bold geometric compositions that create overlapping planes and colour contrasts, at times reminiscent of Early Modernist abstraction. New Works could be described as the artist’s most exuberant and confident collection of works yet.

We are reminded of an earlier stage in the artist’s practice when the paintings challenged the restriction of painting upon a two dimensional space. Motifs in indeterminate space questioned traditional classical perspective. Every hint of a depicted or illustrated space is abandoned in New Works. Immersed in the discoveries and writings on colour of Newton, Goethe, Wittgenstein and others the artist emphasizes in this exhibition the emotive power and energy of colour seen in natural light in a more contemporary idiom.

A recurring leitmotif of Mark Joyce's new paintings is in the form of an aperture. Converging and diverging colours radiate from the edge of the picture to an unreachable space beyond. These paintings have developed from a recent period spent in Reykjavik. There is a crystalline, geological quality in the paintings where angular forms appear as 'facets' or faces of nature.

Paintings like Shutter seem to explode inwards but on closer inspection reveal a complex weft of interlocking dynamic harmonies. As always, Joyce's paintings revolve around the basic challenge of physically ‘painting the light’.

Goethe’s Bench is a witty, elevated “ready-made”, a refectory bench supports physical shards of colour that loosely run the range of the colour spectrum. Perhaps revealing a little of the tools of the artist’s studio this work also references the empirical experience of the world.

Mark Joyce was born in Dublin Ireland in 1966. He studied painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited in most of the major selected survey exhibitions in Ireland and the UK and has had Solo Exhibitions in Ireland, UK and the USA. His work is in Collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the Arts Council of Ireland. He is a Fine Art lecturer in IADT, Dublin.

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  • Shutter (2012)
  • Acrylic on panel, 80 x 60cm
Shutter (2012)
Goethes Bench (2012)
Installation view of 'New Works'
Hindu Kush (2012)
Copernican (2012)
Ancient Light (2012)
Ten Thousand Million Years (2012)
Skelter (2012)
The Edge of Light (2012)

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