Leonard Sheil: Paintings & Drawings 1996 – 2004
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 29th 2004, 3:00 – 5:30 pm
An exhibit of more than two dozen works by Dublin-born artist, Leonard Sheil, features mixed-media paintings inspired by his travels and the landscape at home in the Wicklow mountains. Sheil’s blend of paint and non-paint materials is spontaneous but not anarchic, often with rich, gritty texture. What the works have in common, whether huge canvases with heroic leanings or small intimate panels, are ceaselessly varied surfaces on which Sheil deploys a variety of techniques and medai. Colour builds upon colour, sometimes dynamically liquid, pooling, dripping, flowing or splashing. The work is intense and lush without being overly romantic. It shows a mature depth of conviction of the mysterious world below the surface.