An exhibition by Anastasia O Donoghue Healy at The Gallery Montenotte, The Montenotte Hotel, Cork City.An exhibition by plein air artist Anastasia O Donoghue Healy at The Gallery Montenotte, The Montenotte Hotel, Cork City, February to May 26th. A collection of paintings featuring rural locations around West Cork where the artist lives and works. View the exhibition online by clicking HERE
Painting the “isness” of the landscape......
The landscape is central to Anastasia's painting practice. Since she was a young child it has played an ever-present part in her life. She says “Perhaps as a young child I didn't realise its' role in my formation as a person and as an artist” Being a self taught painter she has come to realise it has taught her so much about the art of living and "Being". As an avid walker she says she witnesses an unravelling of herself into the presence of now and a heightened fourfold experience of nature. This experience informs the essence of why and how she paints. It is “Being” within this space of presence while painting en plein air plays a defining part in her process. Anastasia’s paintings reflect a meeting of her interior landscape with her experience of "now" in the landscape while painting. She captures this meeting by her intuitive use of colour and mark making. As she paints en plein air a triangular dynamic develops between the artist, the landscape and the work as it reveals itself to her. Anastasis’s paintings capture the “isness” of the landscape at a given time.
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