Fergus Smith, Turmoil, 2019, oil on canvas, 53 x 79cm.
Submitted and selected for the Rua Red Winter Open Exhibition 2019/ 2020 ,Group Show 20 December – 24 January
Opening reception – 20 December at 6pm
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.
Purchased June 21, 2017,by the Department of Foreign Affairs for their International State Art Collection , and is displayed in the Irish Ambassador’s residence in London.
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 that theme.
This blank canvas has naught to say
this new beginning
a fresh foray ,
be it naked or gesso skinned
an oily coat
a painters whim,
some say it’s a cliff face to be scaled
a daunting task
to be assailed,
we walk away to recup
clear the mind
flee the coop,
just another start
a passing wind.
for all practitioners who do endure
that blank canvas
Can be a hoor.