Fergus Smith, Turmoil, 2019, 2020 , oil on canvas, 53 x 79cm.
Photographed at the Rua Red Winter Open Exhibition 2019/ 2020 ,Group Show 20 December , 2019 – 24 January 2020
Fergus Smith, Soft Day, 2017 ,oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm.
Purchased by the Office of Public Works, June 20th, 2017, for the Irish State Art Collection .Photographed at the O P W cross border exhibition Rathfarnham Castle.
Fergus Smith, Emigrant, 2017,oil on canvas, 72 x 82 cm.
Photographed at the 2017 Degree Show ,NCAD , a sellout show on the opening night with further sales in the pursuing week.
Purchased June 21, 2017,by the Department of Foreign Affairs for their International State Art Collection , and selected for the Irish Ambassador’s residence in London.
Lockdown , coronavirus.
Fergus Smith , April ,2020, bringing sea scenes on our back garden wall, to keep our heads straight,wall paint on garden wall , some acrylics.
Fergus Smith,Plan B , 1/5/2020, if Leo didn’t let us out. Wall paint on? Wall some acrylics
I made the sign of the cross today, in trampled grass,
till down it lay
in isolation I tramped it out, these are lonely times, not a sinner about.
The corona virus is having its way, this invisible threat
in each worrying day.
statistics say, most will survive, but there’s so much loss
so many lives,
The news each day says it won’t last, and sometime soon, be a thing of the past , like the trampled grass grows back to hide, the outline of my sign subsides,
but the hope’s still here , we’ll be together
in healing, in love and fairer weather, to shake hands and simply say hello or hug each other and not let go.
Ode to painting
Working On It
Painting pouring brushes knives
Sponges rags whatever applies
Removing paint to redo
Linking layers the painting through,
Underpainting part exposed
Like memories partly decomposed
Another link to time or place
An eroded shoreline or mountain space
what was what is what might have been
within the paintings
Is the theme.