David Eager Maher

pinked

/pInkt/

adjective

  • (of cloth) cut with a scalloped or zigzag edge.

  • "a bonnet with pinked edging".

18 Nov 2021 - 7 Jan 2022

Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Pinked’, a new exhibition of painting by Wicklow born artist, David Eager Maher

 

The title of the exhibition refers to the description of cutting, edges and patterns of cloth, techniques the artist has deployed in the construction of his tableaux. The influence of Matisse in both the design and technique of Eager Maher’s compositions is deliberate, indeed a work entitled Hotel Regina takes its name from the hotel particular in Nice where Matisse lived, creating many of his most iconic pieces. Eager Maher’s use of collage, colour and the distortion of perspective also recall techniques used by Matisse. The small series of paintings in the exhibition emerged after a two-year process. The starting point was the genre of Still Life, developing into a stylized landscape into which the objects are placed, freighted with art historical currency from antiquity onwards. During this making process, techniques and individual works were merged, separated and occasionally abandoned. The artist says of his motivation in making these works, ‘The pictorial aspects of the paintings are spatial quandaries and my thinking while painting is to try to dissolve perspective and tweak the conventional rules of composition, while also introducing a kind of deliberate wonkiness.’

 

Colour is a key ingredient here, also. To that end, ‘Pinked’ has another meaning. Eager Maher has a neutral feel for the colour pink and that very diffidence spurred him on to investigate its use.  Bright pink, therefore, comprises the surface ground of these paintings, predominantly. Cold blues and purples seem to land naturally for him on top of the pink. At the same time, as an exercise, he decided to try to avoid green as much as possible. Matisse from the Fauvist period comes to mind, again.

 

‘Pinked’ also describes another notable feature of these works: the frames, hand-painted by the artist. More than our hero, Henri Matisse spilling over the edges, the repetition of a decorative motif that emerges from the formal end of the composition transforms each work from a complex, two dimensional painterly narrative into a fully wrought object.

 

 

 

To book a visit please contact the gallery.

Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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In his dream he thought to himself, I must remember this
In his dream he thought to himself, I must remember this

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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Gloaming Folding
Gloaming Folding

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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All Day in the Morning
All Day in the Morning

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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We See Again
We See Again

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 53 x 43 x 3.7 cm €4,400

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The first sign of madness
The first sign of madness

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 53 x 43 x 3.7 cm €4,400

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The Day Blinked
The Day Blinked

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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All Is Falling
All Is Falling

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 53 x 43 x 3.7 cm €4,400

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Hotel Regina (Detail)
Hotel Regina (Detail)

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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In his dream he thought to himself, I must remember this (Detail)
In his dream he thought to himself, I must remember this (Detail)

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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Gloaming Folding (Detail)
Gloaming Folding (Detail)

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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All Day In The Morning (Detail)
All Day In The Morning (Detail)

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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We See Again (Detail)
We See Again (Detail)

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 53 x 43 x 3.7 cm €4,400

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The First Sign Of Madness (Detail)
The First Sign Of Madness (Detail)

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 53 x 43 x 3.7 cm €4,400

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The Day Blinked (Detail)
The Day Blinked (Detail)

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 68 x 57 x 3.7 €5,700

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All Is Falling
All Is Falling

2021 Oil on Panel, Artist Frame 53 x 43 x 3.7 cm €4,400

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