Ulster Museum Belfast
12 -25 May 1999
'Focus' was organised as part of the 'Touching Experience Festival' by the Arts and Disability Forum based in Belfast. The aim of the exhibition was to bring together the work of professional and amateur artists with a visual impairment on the island of Ireland. After its showing at the Ulster Museum, 'Focus' will tour Northern Ireland between May and October visiting 5 venues throughout the province.
My contribution to 'Focus' were 4 charcoal landscape drawings from my most recent series of work based on the Italian-Swiss Alps, which have been particularly influenced by journeys taken by train between Tirano- St Maritz, a recurring theme in my landscapes.
Using a coloured paper such as orange, green, blue etc, I cover it in layers of charcoal then using a putty rubber begin rubbing back the charcoal to reveal the highlights in the landscape I am trying to describe. Sometimes I will use cotton wool to apply light dustings of powdered charcoal to achieve a softer gradation in tones.
The use of coloured papers to draw on has been a feature of my work for several years and is very much influenced by my experimentation with filters in photography. I am also intrigued by the fact that I often see one colour in a landscape.
'Focus' on Tour Venues Dates Share Centre, Lisnaskea 28 May-14 July Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards 17-24 July Newry Arts Centre 12-30 August Harmony Hill Arts Centre, Lisburn 6-25 September Bangor Heritage Centre 4-17 October
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