These are paintings that are not part of any particular series, some of them are commissions and others are self initiated portraits.
Madonna and Child – Oil on Canvas, 50x40cm
Dreaming – Oil on Board 31x30cm
The Tell-Tale Heart – Oil on canvas 24x33cm
Aftermath – Oil on canvas 55x120cm
This is an oil triptych I created for an exhibition in Galway comemorating the 100th aniversary of the Ester Rising.
The first piece shows De Valera in Bolands mill, the only rebel stronghold where all women were prohibited from, this paternalistic attitude would foreshadow the plight of women as he shaped it post independence to the church’s demands/requirements. The third piece shows James Connolly,a socialist and incredible thinker and advocate on behalf of women, as he lies wounded in the GPO, fittingly consoled by a female presence. The middle piece, a melting statue of the virgin Mary (melting only on Connolly’s side), attempts to challenge us to imagine how different Ireland’s post rebellion history vis-a-vis becoming or not becoming a Catholic state,might have been if Connolly had survived and helped shape subsequent Irish history.
Maschinenmensch – Oil on canvas 41x24cm
The Future As Told By The Past – Pen and watercolour on paper, 19x40cm
These last two works were part of the Poets and Artists publication “Chronicles of a Future Foretold” with the last one taking part in the physical show at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago.
Under His Thumb – Oil on Canvas, 46,5x58cm
Checkmate – Oil on canvas, 86×69
This painting is a portrait of my grandfather Elísio Duarte, he’s 88 and has had Alzheimers for the past 7 or so years… With everything that he lost there’s a lot he still retains – he’s always loved math and numbers and has to this day spends hours doing crosswords. I used to play chess with him as a kid and one day last year when I was at my grandparent’s house I saw the old chessboard and wondered would he still be able to play it… He of course was up for it, as he was focused on the game and thinking he would take his hand to his head – deep in thought and in a strained pose that he has always been known for but that we see less these days… In the end he won fair and square and I got a lot of great pictures that I painted this portrait from.