Thaw acts as a metaphor for what is both concealed and revealed, a conceptual tool creating an elusive interplay between figuration and abstraction. Stemming from Eamon Colman’s consideration of the rural uplands of northeast County Kilkenny (a place 900 ft. above sea level – above the snowline where he lives), this new series of paintings meditates on the weather and its effects on how we conceive and perceive landscape. Colman explores this state of in-between-ness – between, on the one hand a global environmental awareness and the other a denial of the effects of global warming that we are now encountering – a push and pull between what is viewed globally and felt locally – an in-between state he expresses through figuration and abstraction. Using acrylic, gouache and watercolour on paper he employs techniques of layering and gluing, tearing back and scratching into so as to articulate both myopic and hyperopic fields of vision that is organized around the recurring themes explored in the paintings including memory, history, culture, ritual and the passage of time, which are often distilled through the relationship of the body and the land.
Born in Dublin in 1957, Eamon Colman studied in the Trinity Art Workshop and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, beginning a full time professional career in 1979. He was chairperson of The Artists Association of Ireland (1993-1995) and elected President, The European Council of Artists (1995-2000). Having created over forty solo exhibitions presented nationally and internationally he is considered one of Irelands most important painters. In recognition of his major contribution to Irish culture Eamon Colman was elected a member of Aosdána in 2007 and to the Toscairi in 2018.