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The lake at night (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  T.R. (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
SOLD

 

 

 

LAMP BLACK AND MOONLIGHT: COURTHOUSE ARTS CENTRE, TINAHELY, WICKLOW May 28 - June 30
David's solo exhibition Lamp black and moonlight features over 30 new works in monotype along with recent works in drawing and animation. This is the largest survey of David's monochromes since he began this body of work in 2013. To purchase these works please contact Courthouse Arts Centre at Tel 0402 28529.These monotypes below From the cast of Bone Black are inspired by David's current fiction writing. Presented below is a selection of works in print, drawing and animation from Lamp Black and moonlight.

 

 

Catalyst (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  R.C. (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed

 

 

 

 

 

The hand of A.C. (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  H.G. with headpiece (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swan (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  R.G. (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed

 

 

 

 

 

N.S. & J.S. (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  C. with mask(from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed

 

 

 

 

 

Figment (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  Vision (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed

 

 

 

 

Mischief (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  L.M. (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed

 

 

 

 

 

B. with wings (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed
  G.M.C. (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
€230 unframed

 

 

 

 

The Egg (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
SOLD
  The Fawn (from The cast of Bone Black)
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
14 x 8.3cm
© David Begley 2017
SOLD

 

 


All above exhibited at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Wicklow May 28 - June 30

 

These monotypes are part of an ongoing body of work in Monochrome following three years of drawing and making animated charcoal films. In the field of the visual universe, I believe images exist of themselves and are waiting to be found. Their beauty, their message, wish to be witnessed. That is their purpose. Finding and revealing them is ours. Sometimes they find us, taking the form of prompts, melody, catalyst, invention, cure. Seeing them manifested, reading them, sifting into what is helpful to you, believing or disbelieving them; is your purpose. In this way the image or the dream comes through.

To make these monotypes, I have rolled a perspex plate with black ink. I begin to draw into the black by rubbing away, wiping out light from it, occasionally holding it up to the studio window so that I can see what the image looks like. When I have finished drawing, in order to transfer the image from the plate to paper, I place the inked plate on the bed of an etching press, lay a sheet of paper over this, cover with a blanket, and slowly roll it through the etching press. The weight and pressure of the metal drum rolling over the blanket presses the plate into the paper leaving an impression [in reverse] of the inked plate. I lift the paper from the plate and can see my image. I leave the print to dry and I wipe the plate clean. As its name suggests, a Mono-type is one impression only.

To find the next image, I begin again, rolling ink over the entire plate, making it black. Then I begin to draw light into it. I have no idea what I will draw before I begin, thoughts in images come to me as I work. It can be surprising what turns up. I love this finding of an image in the dark. Images are waiting to be found. Their number is overwhelming, uncountable, infinite. What makes their number even more astonishing is that finding them makes them reproduce: one image leads to another. Then another. There is no end.

© David Begley 2017

 

 

 

 

Body of light
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
19.5 x 15cm
© David Begley 2016
€290 unframed

 

 

 



Body of light 2
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
19.5 x 15cm
© David Begley 2016
€290 unframed

 

 

 

 

Body of light 3
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
19.5 x 15cm
© David Begley 2016
€290 unframed

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scavenger
burnt cork, driftwood, vine and willow charcoal on Arches paper
152 x 114cm
© David Begley 2014

 

 

LARGE DRAWINGS BY DAVID BEGLEY [2013 - 2014]
These drawings began with four drawings made in April 2013 at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan. The first of these works The pursuit of elevation was inspired by Bone Black, David's novel - originally begun in 2013. This drawing with its motifs of feathers, beak, mask, wings and mirror led to three works which followed, all informed by an interest in theatre and the construction of narrative within drawing, painting, film and theatre. Themes of reflection, escapism, vanity, narcissism overlap in these drawings.

The drawing Grief was followed by the animation Momento made in January 2014. In 2014 David was awarded a three month studio residency at The RHA, Dublin and continued this series of large drawings. The Familiar, The Feeder, The Scavenger, and Mandorla were made at The RHA. These drawings were informed by figure drawings carried out at The RHA and continue the artist's exploration of subject in dramatic / reflective space. These drawings in turn led to the animation 'Breathe' made in September 2014 and since presented at exhibitions, festivals and arthouse screenings in Ireland, Greece, USA and the UK.

 

 

 

Grief
burnt cork, driftwood, ivy, vine and willow charcoal on paper
140 x 210cm
© David Begley 2014

 

 

 

 

The feeder
burnt cork, driftwood, vine and willow charcoal on Arches paper
152 x 114cm
© David Begley 2014

 

 

 

The familiar
burnt cork, driftwood, vine and willow charcoal on Arches paper
152 x 114cm
© David Begley 2014

 

 

 


Drawing for the animation Breathe [3min 30, 2014]
driftwood charcoal on Fabriano paper
© David Begley 2014
destroyed in the making of Breathe

 

Throughout his animated films, shimmering figures move between dark and light, haunting flickering worlds of water, breath, forests and fire where nothing is permanent and all things transform. These are meditative works which speak of birth, life, death and rebirth and its ever moving cycle. Drawings for his animations are made on a single sheet of paper, thus in the process of making his films, drawings are destroyed or become part of a new composition, so that all that remains at the end of each animation or ‘scene’ is a singular drawing.

David makes his charcoal from driftwood collected at beaches in Ireland and Wales. Before beginning an animation, there is no storyboard, script or narrative. A sheet of paper is stapled to the studio wall and to this a first layer of char is added, rubbed smooth, drawn into, erased, scrubbed and drawn into again until finally an image in the drawing appears. David begins to adjust this image, photographing each image as it evolves. Thousands of adjustments are made in each drawing, creating transformations of light, dark and form which when placed in a timeline appear to move. Photographing this process in daylight and at night causes shifting exposures, which when animated creates a flickering light throughout his films. David has recorded the soundtracks for these films by combining elemental sounds of sea, fire, wind and birdsong with piano scores written whilst on residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan.

See David's animations here: https://vimeo.com/davidbegleyartist

 

 

 


Drawing for the animation 'Seed' [5min, 2014 - 2015]
driftwood charcoal on Fabriano paper
© David Begley 2015

 


 


Drawing for the animation 'Be' [4min, 2015]
driftwood charcoal on Fabriano paper
© David Begley 2015

 

See David's animations here: https://vimeo.com/davidbegleyartist


 

 

 

For more information about David's monotypes contact davidbeg@gmail.com

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