SEEING RED by Rod Coyne.

SEEING RED is the title of an art exhibition featuring new paintings by Avoca artist Rod Coyne. Not only are these works new but they are the result of one year’s experimentation where Rod has been taking his red-palette to the extreme. Noelle Campbell Sharp will curate and display these new canvases in Dublin’s Origin Gallery. Richard Curran will launch the show which runs from 2nd -21st of March 2018.

Featured in Rod's upcoming exhibition "Red Rock" 2017, triptych 50x70cm x3, oil on canvas.
Featured in Rod’s upcoming exhibition “Red Rock” 2017, triptych 50x70cm x3, oil on canvas.

Coyne says, “It’s a nervous time preparing to premiere new work, particularly as I have really gone out on a limb this time. I have no idea how the public will react and I just hope that the limb in question doesn’t just snap off below me.” For images and the full SEEING RED story please follow this link: http://avocagallery.com/still-seeing-red/

Featured in SEEING RED, "Hooked on Red" was painted at Hookhead Lighthouse.
Featured in SEEING RED, “Hooked on Red” was painted at Hookhead Lighthouse.

#RodSeesRed

Recently I decided to introduce radical amounts of red into my landscapes regardless if they were there or not. First off I swapped the greens of the landscape for a tonally similar palette of reds. Then I started replacing the blues of the sea and sky with a palette of reds. Comparing the two versions I rejected the second option for looking too realistic, just as if painted at sunrise or sunset. But where the land was red that took on a completely other worldly feel. And this method applies to the work submitted.

"Lady's Ruff Storm" 25x30cm, oil on canvas.
“Lady’s Ruff Storm” 25x30cm, oil on canvas.

What: “Seeing Red” exhibition of new paintings.

Where: Origin Gallery, 37 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, D02 X982.

When: 2nd -21st March 2018. Open Monday – Friday from 10.30am till 5.30pm.

Who: Rod Coyne: Artist, Noelle Campbell-Sharp: Gallerist, Richard Curran: Opener.

Contact Gallery: Phone: (01) 662 9347,

Email: theorigingallery@gmail.com  , Website: https://theorigingallery.com/

Contact Rod: Phone: 087-2259680,

Email: info@rodcoyne.com, Website: www.avocagallery.com

Still Seeing Red!

Rod Coyne is Still Seeing Red!

“Yes, its true, I am Still Seeing Red! Following on from my first tentative steps at Cill Rialaig during my Easter retreat in 2017 I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into my Rod Sees Red project. And now one year later I am ready to road-test this new departure and present this experimental work to the public at large. I am privileged to have been offered a solo exhibition in Dublin’s Origin Gallery during March 2018. This imminent show will be open to the public from the 2nd till the 21st of March and is curated by Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe.

"Red Rock" on the easel Easter 2017. One year Rod is Still Seeing Red!
“Red Rock” on the easel, Easter 2017. One year on and Rod is Still Seeing Red!

Don’t get Distracted

“Avoca Painting School commitments caught up with me after Cill Rialaig last year and it was August before I could return to the experimentation started in Rod Sees Red. I was taking part in the now renowned Irish version of the international franchise Art in the Open, where literally hundreds of painters descend on a different County Wexford location each day and capture its charms on canvas. I was feeling quite pleased with myself while completing an extremely red version of Hookhead Lighthouse when a fellow artist peered at my painting and gasped in shock. ‘I wish I had the guts to do something like that,’ he announced. At first we agreed it was indeed a risky approach, but I then burst the little bubble by pointing out that, ‘it’s only paint on canvas’, and hardly a case of life-or-death.

 

Hookhead Lighthouse in the distance while a very red version of same stands on the easel.
Hookhead Lighthouse in the distance while a very red version of same stands on the easel.

Living Dangerously!

“Despite the fact that my new project was not actually dare-devil stuff it was consistently drawing gasps and raising eyebrows. But most importantly I was getting great feedback and people were appreciating my left-field take on otherwise familiar subjects. I was very grateful for the positive resonance because I was finding it very hard to look critically at the new work myself. I would start into each new painting knowing what I had to do to fulfill my own brief and yet feeling slightly revolted at turning perfectly good greens into red! It was all just too counter intuitive and dizzying for me. So each time I would have to steel myself and remember that I was on a mission. Even though when I finished each piece I would stand back and view it with giddy excitement I truly never believed anyone else would feel the same reaction – I was wrong. I got further affirmation later that year when two paintings were short listed for the UK’s biggest art-prize NOA 2017.

Rod Coyne Shortlisted "Cill Rialaig Blaze" oil on canvas, 40x50cm.
Rod Coyne Shortlisted “Cill Rialaig Blaze” oil on canvas, 40x50cm.

 

Moving it indoors

“As Autumn rolled around I was afforded an excuse to take Rod Sees Red into the studio and see how it worked in that environment. The ‘Dublin Docklands’ exhibition was going to be derived from photo reference and I set about translating antique black and white images into vivid red versions of their former selves. Again each painting went the full spectrum from the stomach-churning first strokes to that light-headed excitement at the end. Now I really felt that I was growing into my new style.

In "Hot Dockers" Rod Coyne interprets a vintage image depicting men at work through a palette of fiery reds, oranges and pinks.
In “Hot Dockers” Rod Coyne interprets a vintage image depicting men at work through a palette of fiery reds, oranges and pinks.

 

"Masts at Customhouse" 50x70cm, oil-canvas.
“Masts at Customhouse” 50x70cm, oil-canvas.

 

"Hot-Hull" 50x40cm, oil on canvas.
“Hot-Hull” 50x40cm, oil on canvas.

 

New Year’s Art

“To start 2018 I had a particular motif in mind, something near to home which I had studied a decade before. Painting the old stone-cut railway bridge at the end of the Vale of Avoca had a sensation of coming full circle for me. I remember so well standing on the same spot and breaking artistic ground with my then brand new Atmospherics phase. I was very pleased with the results, then as now.

Rod Coyne just finished his first canvas of 2018, and he's still seeing red. "I Walk the Line" 50x70cm, oil on canvas.
Rod Coyne just finished his first canvas of 2018, and he’s still seeing red. “I Walk the Line” 50x70cm, oil on canvas.

 

More Giddy Excitement

“So I can safely say now that my confidence has continued to build from those first tentative steps in County Kerry last year. I am still unnerved and disconcerted starting into each new picture but now I can remind myself to set my jaw and push on through to the giddy excitement on the other side. I will definitely be perusing this road for 2018 and probably beyond.” – Rod Coyne.

Art in the Open 2017, and Rod's red version of the church at Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.
Art in the Open 2017, and Rod’s red version of the church at Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.

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Read Rod Sees Red part one.

2017 – Sleeping Giant – Mulled Wine & Stockings

A Year in the Garden of Ireland

My Place on Canvas 2017 Calendar cover page.
The My Place on Canvas 2017 Calendar is just the latest product of Rod Coyne’s over active artistic imagination. What started out as homage to Wicklow landscapes turned into a celebration of Wicklow people, memories and stories. All these he has documented through a compelling mix of videos, words and paint. Share a year filled with heartfelt stories and vivid paintings celebrating the people and places of the Garden of Ireland. Free worldwide delivery.

 

 

 

The Sleeping Giant canvas print framed in black on a white wall.
This ground-breaking print, Sleeping Giant is one of a series of pictures born out of Coyne’s “My Place on Canvas” project. It’s one of those paintings abstracted from the landscape which crosses the line between dream and reality. Rod’s canvas print can not be overlooked by the discerning eye. This fine art print available in three sizes is framed and ships world wide for free.

 

Rod at The Dalkey Gallery

2015 Kilmore Quay, lightstorm, oil on canvas.
It’s been a long, long time coming but Rod Coyne is back showing in Dalkey. “Come and join us for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at The Christmas Exhibition, which opens Sunday 11th December 2016 from 3 to 7 pm.” Rod will be there, so come say hello. The Dalkey Gallery is located upstairs in The Grapevine, 26 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Contact: +353 86 811 6005 and Facebook.

 

Howth from Bulloch

2015 Howth Head from Bulloch Harbour across Dublin Bay, oil on canvas.
Rod Coyne joins a number of Ireland’s top-artists in ‘Christmas Stocking Fillers 2016’ at The Doorway Gallery. This show combines both figurative and abstract in a colorful celebration of art. Drop in for Festive Refreshments at the official launch on December 3rd from 2 – 4 pm, with music from Stone & Jezreel at The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. +353(0)1 764 5895

 

 Avoca Painting School 2017

Art students paint still life.
Our 6-week Painting Course at Avoca Studio Gallery and our Outdoor Painting Workshop dates have just been published. From absolute beginners to experienced painters all are catered for. Rod will demonstrate and explain all techniques and his suggestions relating to medium, composition, colour-mixing and brushwork are on hand in a friendly environment. Gift vouchers available online. And remember, Early-Birds get a discount (but catching the worm is completely optional).

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My Place on Canvas

MY PLACE ON CANVAS – Today

“I couldn’t see it coming at the time, but what started out as a common or garden solo exhibition has turned into a major project with no end in sight” – Rod Coyne.

The My Place on Canvas 2017 Calendar is just the latest by-product of an over active artistic imagination. What started out as a homage to Wicklow landscapes has turned into a celebration of people, memories and stories documented through a compelling mix of videos, words and paint.

My Place on Canvas 2017 Calendar cover page.

MY PLACE ON CANVAS – Born in 2013

The My Place on Canvas is a project where the public nominate their favourite Co. Wicklow landscapes for artist Rod Coyne to paint. This culminated in an exhibition at the Tinahely Courthouse Art Centre in 2014.

Throughout 2015 Rod continued to solicit and paint nominations of cherished Wicklow landscapes. This led to exhibitions and workshops with the Heritage department of Wicklow County Council and the Hollywood Fair.  And in 2016 planning started the book to be published in 2017/18. And in the meantime the 2017 Calendar has been published along with a range of Wicklow Landscape canvas prints.

My Place on Canvas at Wicklow County Buildings - Rod Coyne with heritage officer Dierdre Byrne.
My Place on Canvas at Wicklow County Buildings – Rod Coyne with heritage officer Dierdre Byrne.

CALL TO ACTION – then and now.

This is your chance to be part of this project by nominating your favourite Wicklow landscape to be immortalised in paint and print. You just need to share some details about your “My Place” and Rod will do the rest. There is no charge for taking part and it is open to everyone. So if there’s a place close to your heart and you’d like to share it with the world then contact Rod Coyne.

TO TAKE PART: Website: www.rodcoyne.com/myplace complete the questionnaire online.
For further information contact Rod Coyne: Phone 0402 3 55 55, Email info@rodcoyne.com

MY PLACE ON CANVAS – Press Release 2014

“My Place on Canvas” An exhibition by Rod Coyne, will be opened by TD Stephen Donnelly on 23rd November 2014.


Rod Coyne paints sentiments and memories En plein air*. His upcoming exhibition at the Courthouse Tinahely is a singular mission to capture the favourite Wicklow scenes of others. Rod has motivated people to consider and articulate their relationship with their landscape. Then he has retold that story through paint. The result is a compelling mix of paintings and text called “My Place on Canvas”.

Notable are contributions from author Paul Howard aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly, former Ireland rugby international Shane Byrne, lawyer to the stars Dr. Gerald Kean and Irelands most respected TD Stephen Donnelly. This multi-facetted undertaking saw Coyne marching from the mountains to the sea, or flanked by deer in the forest at dusk, and lunching with The Hon. Garech Browne in Luggala estate.

My Place on Canvas featured by Wicklow People.

“My Place on Canvas” is an exhibition celebrating the Wicklow landscape, where the public decided which scenes would be painted. Choosing a selection the artist then interpreted each in his own distinctive plein air style. The finished paintings will be displayed alongside the text of its very own personal back-story.

The exhibition is the culmination of a three year long project which has captured the public’s imagination. Rod set out to break down some of the barriers and exclusivity that still exist around art. With this interactive project Coyne looks at the world through someone else’s eyes while they get to see their landscape through his. The result is a compelling mix of paintings and text broadcasting the majesty that is Co. Wicklow.

My Place on Canvas 2014 invitation.

Excitement mounts as all contributors anticipate their landscapes being publically unveiled for the first time. The exhibition will be opened by TD Stephen Donnelly on November 23rd.  “My Place on Canvas” has allowed people who were previously never involved in art to find themselves at the heart of a fine art exhibition. There have been over 70 submissions from around the world including Holland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and, of course, Wicklow. The artist received submissions from across the board including politicians and prisoners, celebrities and writers. All share a passion for the Garden County of Ireland, as the 30 new works being premiered will testify.

In art we can find common ground, and in Rod’s hands it becomes universally accessible. In an effort to de-mystify the creative process Rod has been documenting his painting journey through a photo diary on Twitter. He has also filmed the realisation of each piece with a head-camera and these YouTube clips will be on display at the Courthouse Arts Centre. They tell the other story, that of Rod’s experiences and adventures as he wandered the county, bringing art outside, finding and painting other people’s visions of Wicklow.

*En plein air is a French expression meaning ‘‘in the open air’’ referring to the act of painting outdoors. Plein air artists like Rod capture the spirit and essence of a landscape by incorporating the changing natural light, colour, and movement into their works. They need to capture that movement-Mother Nature does not stand still during the course of a day!

 

 

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Hollywood – Painting with Poets – Early Bird – Painting in the Rain

 

1916 Portrait Collection at the 2016 Hollywood Fair.
1916 Portrait Collection at the 2016 Hollywood Fair.

Celebrate 1916 Collection at Hollywood with 1/3 off canvas prints.

As you know this month Rod Coyne presents his unique “1916 Portrait Collection” at Wicklow’s Hollywood Fair. This exhibition is free and all are welcome. But what you didn’t know is that to celebrate the exhibition we are discounting the whole Canvas Print collection by 33% at the Fair and online.

This year’s vintage Hollywood Fair is themed around the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary. The unrivaled family event promises art & culture, music & song and no shortage of food & drink. And Rod’s canvases have pride of place in St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow from 7 – 9pm Saturday 20th and 2 – 6pm on Sunday 21st August 2016.

 Painting Workshop #5 at the infamous Meeting of the Waters.
Paint your stress away.

Follow in the footsteps of National Poet Thomas Moore with Avoca Painting School. Rod Coyne’s Outdoor Painting Workshops take place during Summer 2016 at stunning painting locations throughout County Wicklow, Ireland. Workshop #5 on August 13th promises quality time at the Meeting of the Waters . Book your place now.

September Painting Course

September Studio Courses

The Avoca Painting School presents Rod Coyne’s drawing and painting course at the Avoca Gallery which runs over a 6-week period. The Tuesday and Wednesday morning classes are suitable for beginners and advanced painters. Maximum six students per class.
Book your place before the 22nd August 2016 and save €20.


One Minute Painting VideoRod participated in Wexford’s Art in the Open 2016; this was nine years in succession sine the festivals inauguration. “It was way too wet and windy on the beach at Curraghcloe. So I took my paints and headed back through the dunes…”

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Rod Coyne’s 1916 Portraits in Hollywood Fair

…update: 14/08/2016.

As you know Rod Coyne presents his unique “1916 Portrait Collection” at the Hollywood Fair. This exhibition is free, all are welcome. But what you didn’t know is that to celebrate the exhibition we are discounting the whole Canvas Print collection 33% at the Fair and online.

And now Rod has created two prints especially for the Hollywood Fair 2016.  The Steam Engine and The Major which will also be discounted during the Hollywood Fair.

Rod returns to the Hollywood Fair

Rod's painting demo at Hollywood Fair 2015.
Rod’s painting demo at Hollywood Fair 2015.

Artist Rod Coyne presents his unique 1916 Portrait Collection at the Hollywood Fair. This exhibition is free, all are welcome. For those of you who missed out on the Tinahely Exhibition earlier this year here’s your chance for a second bite of the cherry. Just a half hour from Dublin on the N81 will transport you into a by-gone age. The vintage fair is more than just a charming spectacle, visitors are encouraged to dress in the fashion of the day and become part of the event.

Hollywood Church & 1916 sign
St. Kevin’s Church

This year’s vintage fair is themed around the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary. The unrivaled family event promises art & culture, music & song and no shortage of food & drink. And Rod’s canvases have pride of place in Ireland’s oldest operational church from 7 – 9pm on Saturday 20th and 2 – 6pm on Sunday 21st August 2016.

 

Hollywood Fair 2015 Vintage Sweet Shop

 

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Centenary Calendar and canvas prints, will be exhibited in the St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, County Wicklow, Ireland.

 

 

Hollywood, Co Wicklow and Hollywood, California

Foreign tourists who stumble on Hollywood in the course of their travels can often be seen posing for photographs in front of Guirkes’ old shop.  The prominent sign on the facade Oifig an Phoist – Hollywood Post Office is clearly what draws them.  Intrigued that such a small village can boast such a legendary name they feel the need to capture the moment on camera.  If they take the time to make further inquiries the same tourists are even more astonished when they discover that this small village in west Wicklow is actually the original Hollywood and that from it came the California Hollywood, home of the movie industry.

2015 Hollywood Fair Cyclists
Cycling to the Fair.

 

 

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Revolution on air!

The Revolution has been Televised!

Rod Coyne reveals his 1916 Portrait Collection to Irish TV, one century on from the Dublin Revolution.

1916 Revolution - Rod Coyne on Irish TV

Rod’s Revolution…

“I remember learning of Easter 1916 as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 seemed a science fiction away, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.” – Rod Coyne.

Irish TV’s new and charming presenter Pol Seoige gets to the heart of Rod Coyne’s 1916 Portrait Collection. The interview from last March was all about Rod’s then imminent Centenary exhibition. That show ran from 13th March till 9th April at The Courthouse Arts Center, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. Coyne’s portraits set the perfect mood for a month of events marking the 1916 Easter Rising. The paintings formed a backdrop to theater, live music, cinema and panel discussions in Wicklow’s favorite arts center.

The exclusive print collection is available here.

Loads more about the exhibition: http://eepurl.com/bSYh2T

You can see the whole interview on YouTube.

“Those who know my landscape work might be forgiven for thinking I have made a radical side-step with this collection. On one had I have done just that, but on the other it’s just me going back to my roots. I have never considered myself a portrait artist, as there many who look after end of things so much proficiently than I ever will. I admire and enjoy their work.  From day one I have drawn by that primitive artistic urge to work with the head, face and figure. I guess it’s just that eternal fascination with the human condition. Indeed, during my early years in Düsseldorf the human condition featured heavily in a long series on paintings examining the Troubles. So the “1916 Portrait Collection” is very much a continuation of those, themes held on pause for a while, rather than a surprise anthology from left field.” – Rod Coyne.

The Easter Rising of 1916 was pivotal to the emergence of an independent Ireland.  Only supported by a minority of the Irish population, the courage and sacrifice of those who led it would in time change their nation’s destiny. The story of how less than two thousand Irish men and women bravely confronted the might of the British army in Dublin remains one of the most compelling in Irish history.

 

 

Bryan Dobson launches 1916 Portrait Collection.

1916 Rebel Talk!

Fiery launch of 1916 Portrait Collection.

We were so privileged to enjoy Ireland’s national TV newscaster Bryan Dobson’s eloquent and insightful launch of Rod Coyne’s 1916 Portrait Collection. Dobson’s scholarly grasp on that period of history left the audiences blood racing and Rebel Talk in their ears. He extolled the diverse characteristics of the Easter Rising protagonists pinpointing their motives and achievements.

The RTE anchorman told how her has been a fan of Rod Coyne’s landscape work for over a decade and how impressed he was to see the artist tackling this seminal theme. He referenced W.B.Yeats poetry mentioning how Rod had brought these “vivid faces” to life one century later.

The exhibition ran during March and April 2016 at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. Rod Coyne’s paintings were the perfect backdrop for a month of 1916 Centenary events, including discussion panels, film, theater and musical show on the theme.

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. This rebellion was seminal in Ireland’s struggle for freedom. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to bridge the hundred year divide, while depicting a very human condition against a violent backdrop. This collection of portraits is currently available as a “1916 Centenary Calendar” and a range of CANVAS PRINTS from Avoca Gallery. The prints come in a choice of sizes and ship world wide for FREE

“I remember learning this part of Irish history as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 belonged to science fiction, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.

I started out with a need to update the 1916 images I had known since I was a kid. The faces I admired for so long had become jaded in my eyes; they had been re-hashed continually in books and posters to the point where I couldn’t see them anymore. Using a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna I have attempted to give the collection a unifying thread to tie them together. Each original photograph was completely different to the next; some were considered studio portraits and others taken on the fly. I decided not to trace from the photos but to process them through my own eyes, head and hand. I was trading “accuracy” for a chance to really commune with these faces until they started to become people again.” – Rod Coyne.

“1916 Portrait Collection” Exhibition Launch

1916 Portrait Collection by Rod Coyne

“1916 Portrait Collection” Exhibition Launch at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.
Exhibition launch is on the 13th of March from 4 – 6pm, the show runs till April 9th.
We’re so thrilled that Bryan Dobson, newscaster with RTÉ, has agreed to launch the show.

Bryan Dobson to launch Rod's exhibition.

 

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Centenary Calendar and canvas prints, will be premiered as part of the Courthouse Art Centre’s centenary programme in March 2016.

 

Maud Gonne Facebook crop

 

“I remember learning this part of Irish history as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 belonged to science fiction, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.
I started out with a need to update the 1916 images I had known since I was a kid. The faces I admired for so long had become jaded in my eyes; they had been re-hashed continually in books and posters to the point where I couldn’t see them anymore. Using a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna I have attempted to give the collection a unifying thread to tie them together. Each original photograph was completely different to the next; some were considered studio portraits and others taken on the fly. I decided not to trace from the photos but to process them through my own eyes, head and hand. I was trading “accuracy” for a chance to really commune with these faces until they started to become people again.”

 

1916 Rod & Maud

 

“Those who know my landscape work might be forgiven for thinking I have made a radical side-step with this collection. On one had I have done just that, but on the other it’s just me going back to my roots. I have never considered myself a portrait artist, as there many who look after end of things so much proficiently than I ever will. I admire and enjoy their work.
From day one I have drawn by that primitive artistic urge to work with the head, face and figure. I guess it’s just that eternal fascination with the human condition. Indeed, during my early years in Düsseldorf the human condition featured heavily in a long series on paintings examining the Troubles. So the “1916 Portrait Collection” is very much a continuation of those, themes held on pause for a while, rather than a surprise anthology from left field.”

 

1916 Canavs Print in Scale
1916 Canvas Print in Scale

Creating the “1916 Portrait Collection” has been a steep learning curve for me. Not only was I forced to go back a re-read my history but I was obliged to drag my mindset into the twenty-first century. Ireland was a very different place when I learned about the Easter Rising in the early nineteen eighties. I never thought to question why apart from Countess Markievicz there appeared have been no women named in connection with 1916. And it was with the same school boys’ eyes that I started out on this project. Yet as I delved deeper I realised so many names had been left out of the script, and indeed Elisabeth O’Farrell had been airbrushed out altogether. So for my small part I have attempted to right some wrongs and adjust my twentieth century dinosaur brain to something more fitting to the new millennium. Thus, I have included many of the 1916 heroines and consciously airbrushed Elisabeth O’Farrell back into the picture.” – Rod Coyne.

 

1916 Rod & Elizabeth O'Farrell
1916 Rod & Elizabeth O’Farrell

The Easter Rising of 1916 was pivotal to the emergence of an independent Ireland. Only supported by a minority of the Irish population, the courage and sacrifice of those who led it would in time change their nation’s destiny. The story of how less than two thousand Irish men and women bravely confronted the might of the British army in Dublin remains one of the most compelling in Irish history.
For further information on press or any images please contact:
Maggie O’Gallagher – Director
The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. WicklowThursday-Saturday 10am-5pm
T: 0402 38529 E: pr@courthousearts.ie W: www.courthousearts.ie
Rod Coyne: 087-2259680, info@rodcoyne.com

Easter Rising “1916 Portrait Collection”

Easter Rising “1916 Portrait Collection”

by Rod Coyne at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.
Exhibition launch is on the 13th of March from 4 – 6pm, the show runs till April 9th.

Bryan Dobson to launch Rod's exhibition.
We’re so thrilled that Bryan Dobson, newscaster with RTÉ, has agreed to launch the show.

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Easter Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Centenary Calendar and Easter Rising canvas prints, will be premiered as part of the Courthouse Art Centre’s Easter Rising centenary programme in March 2016.

Easter Rising 1916 Canvas Prints
Easter Rising 1916 Canvas Prints

“I remember learning the Easter Rising as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 seemed a fiction away, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.
I started out with a need to update the 1916 images I had known since I was a kid. The faces I admired for so long had become jaded in my eyes; they had been re-hashed continually in books and posters to the point where I couldn’t see them anymore. Using a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna I have attempted to give the collection a unifying thread to tie them together. Each original photograph was completely different to the next; some were considered studio portraits and others taken on the fly. I decided not to trace from the photos but to process them through my own eyes, head and hand. I was trading “accuracy” for a chance to really commune with these faces until they started to become people again.”

Pádraig Pearse
Pádraig Pearse

“Those who know my landscape work might be forgiven for thinking I have made a radical side-step with this collection. On one had I have done just that, but on the other it’s just me going back to my roots. I have never considered myself a portrait artist, as there many who look after end of things so much proficiently than I ever will. I admire and enjoy their work.
From day one I have drawn by that primitive artistic urge to work with the head, face and figure. I guess it’s just that eternal fascination with the human condition. Indeed, during my early years in Düsseldorf the human condition featured heavily in a long series on paintings examining the Troubles. So the “1916 Portrait Collection” is very much a continuation of those, themes held on pause for a while, rather than a surprise anthology from left field.”

Rod paints 1916 Collection
Rod paints 1916 Collection

Creating the “1916 Portrait Collection” has been a steep learning curve for me. Not only was I forced to go back a re-read my history but I was obliged to drag my mindset into the twenty-first century. Ireland was a very different place when I learned about the Easter Rising in the early nineteen eighties. I never thought to question why apart from Countess Markievicz there appeared have been no women named in connection with 1916. And it was with the same school boys’ eyes that I started out on this project. Yet as I delved deeper I realised so many names had been left out of the script, and indeed Elisabeth O’Farrell had been airbrushed out altogether. So for my small part I have attempted to right some wrongs and adjust my twentieth century dinosaur brain to something more fitting to the new millennium. Thus, I have included many of the 1916 heroines and consciously airbrushed Elisabeth O’Farrell back into the picture.” – Rod Coyne.

Nurse O'Farrell work in progress
Nurse O’Farrell work in progress

The Easter Rising of 1916 was pivotal to the emergence of an independent Ireland. Only supported by a minority of the Irish population, the courage and sacrifice of those who led it would in time change their nation’s destiny. The story of how less than two thousand Irish men and women bravely confronted the might of the British army in Dublin remains one of the most compelling in Irish history.