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Mark Joyce: Lux Clara

Nightlines 2006

Nightlines 2006

The noon light is clear, and as a cloud of dew in the day of harvest
Isaias 18.4

This new series of small abstract paintings, Lux Clara (Clear Light) explores the anomaly of painting coloured light. The subject matter encompasses medieval glass and Newtonian Optics. These outwardly simple, yet seductive paintings are carefully constructed investigations into the conceptual underpinnings of mark-making and colour. Lux Clara is a continuing engagement with early aesthetics. Joyce wonders about colour, about light and about how we represent a spatial dimension with a two-dimensional medium. In Spring 2003, Joyce wrote:

"There are two anomalies which painters work with. The first anomaly is the tendency of the two-dimensional surface of a painting to take on a spatial aspect, once marks are made and colour is applied. The second anomaly is the painter's use of mineral-based pigment to depict conditions of light."

Mark Joyce studied painting in NCAD, Dublin and at the Royal College of Art, London. He was awarded the GPA Emerging Irish Artists Award in 1990. He will be artist in residence at the Albers Foundation in Bethany, New York in 2007. He has had Solo Exhibitions in Ireland, UK and the USA. His work is in the Public Collections of IMMA, the Arts Council, and the OPW.

The next exhibition at Green On Red Gallery will be a group show (9 February ­ 11 March, 2006) curated by Jerome O'Drisceoil and Molly Sullivan. If you require any further information please contact Jerome O Drisceoil, Molly Sullivan or Karen Tierney at:

Earlier Event: November 3
Paul Doran: Gislebertus Told Me
Later Event: February 16
Patrick Hall: Lethe