EXTENDED 10TH APRIL! “Kingdom Come” with Rod Coyne at Dublin’s Origin Gallery.

Rod Coyne is one of a group of artists contributing to the Origin Gallery exhibition entitled “Kingdom Come”. Based on work inspired by the Kingdom of Kerry this show will feature a total of nine artists. Rod will have eight paintings hanging, each a different hue of the Atlantic coastline and Skellig Michael.

Image of Rod Coyne's "Irregular's Vision". Painted on residency in 2017 it features Skellig Michael in the Origin Gallery from 15th March 2019.
Painted on residency in 2017 Rod Coyne’s “Irregular’s Vision” features Skellig Michael in the Origin Gallery from 15th March 2019.

EXTENDED 10TH APRIL!
The exhibition opens to the public on the 15th of March (closing on the 29th),
and runs throughout Dublin’s St. Patrick’s  weekend celebrations.
Private viewing on the Thursday the 14th.
EXTENDED 10TH APRIL!

THY KINGDOM COMEPrivate Viewing

You are cordially invited to preview a group exhibition of paintings entitled

THY KINGDOM COME – KERRY PAINTED!
at Origin Gallery, 37 Fitzwilliam St. Upper, Dublin 2, opening by Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharp,

founder of the Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Co. Kerry.

Thursday 14th March 2019 with Wine reception 6 – 8pm

RSVP Ph. 01 662 9347 or

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Image of Rod's painting "Winter Seahorse" tells of the kinetic energy of the ocean beating on the Kerry shore.
Rod’s painting “Winter Seahorse” tells of the kinetic energy of the ocean beating on the Kerry shore.

Kingdom Come – artists and Origin Gallery location

Rod’s paintings will be hanging alongside some of Ireland’s finest painters. You can see art by Andrew Gifford, Linda Graham, Eithne Healy, Susan Morley, Maggie Brown, Sarah Corner, Sarah Langham, and Ken Browne. The exhibition promises to be diverse, compelling and inspiring.

Image of Rod Coyne's "Heavenly Shore" 40x50cm is a heavily painted oil on canvas and depicts the frontier between the Atlantic and South-West Kerry.
Rod Coyne’s “Heavenly Shore” 40x50cm is a heavily painted oil on canvas and depicts the frontier between the Atlantic and South-West Kerry

The Origin Gallery is situated at 37 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2. You can phone them on: +353 1 662 9347. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 5.30 pm and there are likely to be events on St. Patrick’s weekend. For up to date info please check their Facebook and website and google maps.

Image of "Cill Rialaig Dream" by Rod Coyne, oil on canvas, which celebrates that sense of vertigo experienced of the cliff tops of County Kerry.
The “Cill Rialaig Dream” by Coyne celebrates that sense of vertigo experienced of the cliff tops of County Kerry.


Kingdom Come – Rod’s Kerry roots

The relationship between artist and gallery is committed and long term and started when Coyne’s work was spotted by Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe way back in the year 2000. After sending him on a short residency to Cill Rialaig, Rod (having just returned from a decade painting in Germany) was offered his first Irish solo show in Dublin’s Origin Gallery.

Image of "Scariff Island" is an energetic painting straight out of Coyne's Atmospherics style.
“Scariff Island” is an energetic painting straight out of Coyne’s Atmospherics style.

Rod’s first visit to the Kerry residency, in the year 2000, opened a door for his work which would influences and drives him to this very day. The artist talks about a sense of genetic memory he feels when working on the home turf of his mother’s family. And having left Germany on a mission to engage with the Irish landscape Ballinskelligs Bay proved the perfect springboard to this new artist conversation.

Image of Rod Coyne's "Atlantic Drizzle", 40x40cm and is oil on canvas.
Rod Coyne, “Atlantic Drizzle”, 40x40cm and is oil on canvas.

You can see more of Rod Coyne’s County Kerry based art here.

#WildAtlanticWay #Skellig #StarWars

“Coyne’s Labour of Love” By Ros Drinkwater, Sunday Business Post.

“My then upcoming exhibition Decade caused Ros Drinkwater to write “Coyne’s landscapes are a labour of love” in the Sunday Business Post, May 2009. She spent a day with me at the Avoca Studio Gallery reviewing the brand new collection and delving into my motivation behind it. She was very taken by the fact that acclaimed author Sebastian Barry endorsed the new paintings and had agreed to launch the show. It didn’t appear in the article unfortunately but when I pressed her for a personal opinion she admitted “I like your work Rod, it’s got balls!” I hope you enjoy this article.”

– Rod Coyne

Perched on the edge of the world, Rod Coyne paints on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Perched on the edge of the world, Rod Coyne paints on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.

The first time I set eyes on Rod Coyne he was painting plein air on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The setting was Cill Rialaig in Co. Kerry, Ireland’s only artist’s retreat. It was clear that the work in progress had the vigour born out of that energy-laden landscape, as Coyne says, “where the Atlantic collides full frontal with Europe – literally between heaven and earth”.

Sebastian Barry launching Rod Coyne's "Decade" exhibition in the Origin Gallery, 2009.
Sebastian Barry launched Rod Coyne’s “Decade” exhibition in the Origin Gallery, 2009.

When asked to open Decade, Rod Coyne’s 10th anniversary show currently showing at Origin Gallery, Dublin 2, Costa prize-winning author Sebastian Barry agreed with alacrity. “So many of his images could be straight out of my own memory, very strange and wonderful, the red lightship, the Wicklow high valley, the angle glimpsed, “ he said.

"Upper Lake, Glendalough" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Upper Lake, Glendalough” 100x120cm, oil on canvas.

"Walking on Water" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Walking on Water” triptych 18x24cm x3 panels, oil on canvas.

The exhibition comprises of 40 landscapes and seascapes, the fruits of Coyne’s “long running conversation with the Irish landscape”. He is drawn to places of mythology and beauty, and his exhibition (above) includes the Skelligs, famous sanctuary of the monks, rising out of the sea like a cathedral; the Upper Lake at Glendalough, place of another hermitage where St. Kevin founded a monastery a millennium ago; a flock of sea birds high over the ocean; a vessel in the teeth of a gale.

"Atlantic Static" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Atlantic Static” as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.

Born in Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin, Coyne graduated from the Crawford College of Art in Cork and spent ten years in Germany working from a studio overlooking the Rhine – water is always his starting point be it a river, stream, lake, sea or ocean.

"Island Cathedral" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Island Cathedral” as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.

When he opened his studio gallery six years ago, his expectation was that tourists would be his main trade but, to his delight, this has not turned out to be so. “What I’ve found is that people are attracted to their own locations – they buy paintings of what the tourists come here to see, “he said.

"Wicklow Mountains" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Wicklow Mountains” 100x120cm, oil on canvas.

Since his first solo show at the Origin a decade ago, Coyne’s work has found favour with the public, and is in many prestigious public and private collections. In the current climate his subject matter has a particular relevance. Over millennia civilisations rise and fall – only the landscape endures. Coyne captures both its power and beauty.

Rod Coyne's "Decade" exhibition featured in the Sunday Business Post, 2009, by Ros Drinkwater.
Rod Coyne’s “Decade” exhibition featured in the Sunday Business Post, 2009, by Ros Drinkwater.

 

View more of Rod Coyne’s paintings.

Seeing Red Launch at Origin Gallery, Dublin.

Seeing Red Launch at Origin Gallery, Dublin.

RTE presenter and journalist Richard Curran took the helm at the Seeing Red launch. He was introduced by Gallerist and Cill Rialaig Retreat founder Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe. Later in this video Rod Coyne tells about his thought process while making the new work. During 2017 and moving in to 2018 Rod has replaced all the greens of the landscape with a vivid palette of reds. The results are equally exciting and other worldly.

 

Seeing Red Launch in photos.

Of course red balloons were order of the day for the street advertisement.
Of course red balloons were the order of the day for the street advertisement.

 

Rod amuses his muse Anja Coyne at the Seeing Red launch with "Skellig Blush" 70x100cm oil on canvas in the background.
Rod amuses his muse Anja Coyne at the Seeing Red launch with “Skellig Blush” 70x100cm oil on canvas in the background.

 

Paintings drawn from Co. Kerry and the Dublin Docks: "Blushing Coast" 30x30cm x3 panels and "Red Hull" 40x50cm both oil on canvas.
Paintings drawn from Co. Kerry and the Dublin Docks: “Blushing Coast” 30x30cm x3 panels and “Red Hull” 40x50cm both oil on canvas.

 

Rod explains the intricacies of Seeing Red in detail. Exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.
Rod explains the intricacies of Seeing Red in detail. Exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.

 

The artist's experimentation with framing as well as his painting palette paid off and the black mounts drew universal acclaim. These two canvases are "Crimson Lady's Ruff" 30x60cm and "Tierra del Fuego" 30x40cm.
The artist’s experimentation with framing as well as his painting palette paid off and the black mounts drew universal acclaim. These two canvases are “Crimson Lady’s Ruff” 20x60cm and “Tierra del Fuego” 30x40cm.

 

 

Rod Coyne and Proinsias O'Rathaille enjoying a laugh the exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.
Rod Coyne and Proinsias O’Rathaille enjoying a laugh the exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin. See a cool video of how Rod created “Red Rock”.

 

Rod Coyne's new palette caused a stir among his regular collectors during the exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.
Rod Coyne’s new palette caused a stir among his regular collectors during the exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.

 

"Below the Hook" was the first to sell on the opening night. the painting is oil on canvas and 20x25cm.
“Below the Hook” was the first to sell on the opening night. The painting is oil on canvas and 20x25cm.

 

Rod explains his method for Seeing Red to a guest at his exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.
Rod explains his method for Seeing Red to a guest at his exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.

 

Two canvases in slick white frames "Hooked on Red" 40x50cm and "Hog's Head Blaze" 30x40cm both are oil on canvas.
Two canvases in slick white frames “Hooked on Red” 40x50cm and “Hog’s Head Blaze” 30x40cm both are oil on canvas.

 

Gallerist and curator Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe with an interested collector.
Gallerist and curator Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe with an interested collector.

 

Rod Coyne enjoying a laugh the exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.
Rod Coyne enjoying a laugh the exhibition launch at the Origin Gallery, Dublin.