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2019 Calendar “Rua Red Rod” by Rod Coyne

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A must for those who are not afraid to be different this 2019 calendar shows Ireland in a radical new light.  At first glance this is a collection of Irish landscapes deliberately skewed, but their origin runs far deeper than at first apparent. These images cover a journey from the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s Ancient East and are illustrated with sophistication and elegance. This calendar is A3 in size and features 13 reproductions of Coyne’s favorite recent Red landscapes.

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2019 Calendar “Rua Red Rod” by Rod Coyne

Born out of“Seeing Red” the 2019 Calendar “Rua Red Rod” by Rod Coyne is a totally new departure. At first glance this is a collection of Irish landscapes deliberately skewed, but their origin runs far deeper than at first apparent.

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2019 Calendar “Rua Red Rod” : The Backstory

“This project began in Kerry in 2017. I came to wondering what the first men felt when they saw the Skelligs or the bay of Ballinskelligs when the Blood Moon burns water and rock red. It was this other world I set out to capture on canvas. Hearing Sean O’Conaill’s Tales of Iveragh, the folk tales and stories of the past, I was further inspired by the colorful language used to describe the accidental and amazing change of light that surely is Nature’s creativity.”

Rod Coyne presents his 2019 calendar at Art Source 2018.

“I resolved to start Seeing Red in my favorite east coast haunts too. By employing a palette inverse to Irelands’ shifting shades of green I strive to depict our familiar landscape as other world. Now I’m searching with red eyes below the visible plain to a realm bathed in the past, energy and magic.” – Rod Coyne.

a just completed canvas on the easel beside the sea. and its plain to see that all the greens of the landscape have been replaced by red in the painting.

 

2019 Calendar “Rua Red Rod” : Poetic License

Ireland’s poetic language provides much inspiration for Coyne’s current work and this makes itself apparent in “Rua Red Rod”. In spoken Gaelic familiar phrases take on an extravagant and dramatic slant adding colour to the verbal depiction. So it is that the viewer is forced to re-see and re-asses everyday scenes depicted through Rod’s alternative view.

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2019 Calendar: Why “Rua Red Rod”

“While considering the calendar title for 2019 I was having trouble deciding which language to use. The Irish word for “red” is “rua” and this was as appealing as it was obscure to international customers not in the know. And just using “red” struck me as unimaginative and dull. Not for the first time my muse and graphic designer came up with an elegant solution, Anja was the one that noticed that “rod” is Scandinavian for “red”. So it was that she tied three forms of “red” to a Coyne and a title was born. I should point out that I’m thoroughly taken with Anja’s overall calendar design, I find it sophisticated and elegant.” – Rod Coyne.

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