Adrian Flaherty

“In order to make progress, there is only nature, and the eye is turned through contact with her.”- Paul Cezanne

Prayer - String and oil and acrylic Paint on canvas 59.5 x 84 cm

"I am a Londoner who graduated from the University of the Arts London in 2016 since which time I have exhibited several times in London and in Venice, have taken part in many online exhibitions and appeared in several online and printed magazines.

My "Home-Works" project developed at the same time as the debates over Brexit were being formed. However, since completing my degree course my work has moved away from this more introverted, self-improvement way of working to one where I have also been addressing the need to make connections to others and to work. This was the basis of the project producing paintings in response to each bridge along the River Thames (currently up to the edge of London). This project also developed the ideas around the question of where is home and led to ideas of what makes up someone's personality in some of my paintings of figures.

I have worked across a variety of media, but am now concentrating on paintings with chance processes often incorporated, for example in my Thames project contrasting the flows of the river in London with the structures of the bridges expressing the juxtaposition between nature and the man-made and the chaos/order of city life.

I am at the early stages of another project walking the coastal paths along the west coast of England producing paintings of beaches and cliffs again representing the unpredictability and structure of the nature of coastal erosion, tides, etc. The use of chance to form the basis of the paintings is often offset against more detailed and purposeful aspects as the painting takes on a life of its own, almost."

The Beach and the Cliffs IX - oil and acrylic on board 116 x 78.5 cm
Kingston Bridge - oil and acrylic on canvas 76 x 50.5 cm
Kingston Railway Bridge - oil and acrylic on wood 122.5 x 61 cm
London Bridge - Concrete and oil and acrylic on canvas 102 x 76.5 cm

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