Ócar II by Matthew Mitchell


Ócar II. 2021. 76cmx68cm. Material from Clahane and enamel on board. Unframed.

Matthew’s work draws inspiration from the unique landscape of the Burren, using clays and stone from the area to express this mysterious landscape. Curved lunar forms resonate and enamel dots flicker as light moves across the work, hinting at the unseen world of the digital age. This is a beautiful interplay of past and present, where time exists in primeval form and material both organic and inorganic. The enamel is at once part of the whole and yet distinct inviting a separate narrative. Although these works are not intended as part of the discussion on Climate Change, but drawing so much from our natural world, time running concurrently with primeval and digital you can’t help but experience the fragility of our planet.

Matthew Mitchell is a fine artist painter based in Co Clare. In 2017 Mitchell completed his MFA at NCAD and was awarded a NCAD Studio Residency at NAStudios, Dublin. Since graduating from NCAD was awarded the emerging Irish Artist Residency Award at the Burren College of Art he has exhibited in Law Society of Ireland, VUE Art Fair Dublin, Mason Hayes and Curran, The Sailors Home in Limerick and the RHA annual exhibition, INTERPLAY – The Burren College of Art, Gallery 126 Galway. LEGACY – The Courthouse Gallery Ennistimon. 2020 ‘AGE TO AGE – Ó Aois go hÁois’, Customhouse Gallery Westport. 2021 TIMELINE – Amlíne So Fine Art Gallery Dublin.

His work has been purchased by the OPW, the Law Society of Ireland, and are in corporate and private collections.

Matthew Mitchell’s work strives to find a visual language for the duality between our necessarily abstracted experience of place and being in the new digital landscape, and our perception of place and being in relation to the more tangible primeval geological past.

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