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Lost in finds
oil on board, 30 x 50cm
© David Begley 2012
Private collection

 

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE PAINTINGS BY DAVID BEGLEY FROM 2013 & 2012

 

 

 

 

 

First of the last four songs
oil on board, 72 x 96cm
© David Begley 2011 - 2012

Selected for DLR County Council Open Submission Exhibition
Concourse, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, 2013

Available davidbeg@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maktub
oil on board, 40 x 60cm
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

El sueño
oil on board, 39 x 59cm
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronus,
oil on wood, 61 x 61cm,
© David Begley 2011 - 2012

Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the cost to the find,
oil on wood, 61 x 61cm,
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The slow wheel
oil on board
122 x 91cm
© David Begley 2009 - 2013
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisyphus,
oil on board, 92 x 92cm,
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Available davidbeg@gmail.com

Selected for DLR County Council Open Submission Exhibition
Concourse, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, 2013

Recipient of joint 2nd prize in DLR County Council Open Submission Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

The Cost
oil on board
99 x 61cm
© David Begley 2013

Available davidbeg@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Momentum
oil on board, 61 x 99cm
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Available davidbeg@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

The large glass
oil on linen, 25 x 31cm
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'Illumination: in the offing'
oil on wood
7.75" x 11.75", 20cm x 30cm
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'Illumination: When she threw up the bones of the earth and clapped her hands'
oil on board
12" x 19.6 ", 30cm x 50cm
© David Begley 2011
- 2012
Available davidbeg@gmail.com

 

 

Illumination: how forms appear
oil on wood
40cm x 40cm, 15.5" x 15.5"
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

'The Source'

oil on board
3ft x 3ft, 92cm x 92cm
© David Begley 2011 - 2012
Exhibited Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow June 24 - July 08 2012
Commissioned, private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'Illumination: between the sphere and ground'

oil on board,
23" x 15.5", 59cm x 39cm
© David Begley 2011
- 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'Illumination: between the sphere and ground' [detail image]

oil on board,
23" x 15.5", 59cm x 39cm
© David Begley 2011
- 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

'Illumination: from the margins'

oil on wood,
6" x 11.75", 15cm x 30cm
© David Begley 2011
- 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

Illumination: Star of the sea

oil on wood
7.75" x 11.75", 20cm x 30cm
© David Begley 2011
Exhibited at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin June 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 


'Tidemarks'

Oil on cypress, 7.5 " x 8", 19cm x 20.5cm
© David Begley 2011

Private collection

Selected for Eigse 2012 Open Submission 'Civilizing the wilderness' exhibition.
Exhibited at the Studio Gallery in VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow from 8th June - 26th August 2012.
Painted on a small panel of cypress wood given to me by sculptor and carpenter Paul Turner based in Waterville, Co Kerry. The wood comes from a cypress planted in 1870 at Westonbirt, England. This work has been painted over 10 layers of sanded Gesso,
in successive thin layers of oil and oil glazes.

 

 

 

 

 

'Paradise lost'

Oil on board,
15.5 " x 23 ", 39cm x 59cm
© David Begley 2011
- 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

'Illumination: Blossom in the year of the dragon'

Oil on board
12" x 19.6 ", 30cm x 50cm
© David Begley 2011
- 2012
Private collection

 

 

 

 

'When we return'

Oil on board, 3ft 2" x 2ft 4", 96cm x 72cm
© David Begley 2011
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'How light passes through' [diptych]

Oil on board,4ft x 9ft, 122cm x 272cm
© David Begley 2010 - 2011
Exhibited may 2011, Cherrylane Fine Art, Wicklow
Commissioned, private collection

 

How light passes through

Throughout this commission, conversations led to exchanged stories of times of joy, of life-changing moments, of struggles overcome, of hope, of despair, of leaps of faith and triumph. Talk turned to the awesome beauty of the Wicklow landscape, of rainbows, of positivity of thought and of light. Of so many things - many of them feelings or things learned through experience. These feelings translated to images, coming and going, evolving in the process of painting, but always reminding me that light, like water, finds and makes its way. This became my focus in the work ‘How light passes through’.

Extract from notes written on painting How light passes through

Beginning
In order to paint light one must present shadow, and although I knew I had to begin with darkness, I was in a place where I wanted to avoid it. On a day when the light was dull and the studio became riddled with mirrors trying to catch the sun, I started by mapping out the long shape. After a week of floundering I stopped to view the nine foot mess of gesso and wash in a hand-mirror, then laid the glass down on the studio floor. A beam of white light appeared on the surface of the work, a reflection from the studio bulb above. I rushed to add more white gesso to this area, drew an arc on the floor and moved the mirror through this arc, bouncing light onto the surface and chasing these reflected lights with more gesso. Although this action ran its course and the marks were later painted over, it was a surprising spark which led to research on light refraction and Issac Newton’s breaking-up and putting back together of light whilst using a transparent prism.

Over and again the image of a triangle - pyramid - prism came to me. As did circles and cycles, and a landscape presenting shifting perspectives, turning points. Beginning with a semicircle and ending with one. Days passed, and with Mogwai in loop I returned to the work and in a flurry of turps I laid on the first umbers, squirting and burping, pushing and rushing, burnt and blackened and now pierced by light, then scrubbed back, sanded, and smeared again. Burst and brooding and even desperate, dirty turps rolling down the surface cutting through the formations of painted mountains, the turpentine drips pulling paint with them like a landslide. Piece by piece, detail by detail, images appeared, images within images. And then, for days I stepped back.

David Begley May 2011

'How light passes through' [diptych] [details]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'We could be golden'

Oil on board, 3ft 2" x 4ft 8", 96mm x 142mm
© David Begley 2011
Private collection

See detail images below

 

 





'We could be golden' [detail] © David Begley 2011

 

 




'We could be golden' [detail] © David Begley 2011

 

 

 

 





'We could be golden' [detail] © David Begley 2011

 

 

 

 


'Wheel of fortune'


Oil on wood, 6 " x 14.5",15cm x 40cm
© David Begley 2010 - 2011
Private collection

 

 

 

 

'Beyond the Island'

Oil on wood, 6 " x 14.5",15cm x 40cm
© David Begley 2010 - 2011
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'Pebble Island' [Title after Dario gamboni]

Oil on wood, 6 " x 14.5",15cm x 40cm
© David Begley 2010 - 2011
Private collection

Pebble Island [Title after Dario gamboni]

This work in oil was painted over nine layers of sanded gesso. The title came from reading Dario Gamboni's book titled 'Potential Images, Ambiguity and Interdeterminacy in Moden Art' [see page 34, chapter 2] where Gamboni uses the term 'Pebble/Island' while discussing the work 'Rocky Island' by Niklaus Manuel Deutsch. Title used with permission of the author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'The water table'

Oil, copper leaf on board, 3ft 8" x 5ft 6"
© David Begley 2009 - 2010
Private collection

 

The water table


As a land swells in flood and retreats as it dries out, so it is with the human body, mind and spirit. We are constantly expanding and contracting - how we breathe, our journey through our time here, and the learning and un-learning which comes from the experiences life presents.

After local flooding a land’s water table rises causing springs to form, these in turn may become the source of a river. The human body when seen as a mirror of nature, or placed within the rhythm of nature also may be seen to contain a water table. Given that we are predominately made of water, when the body experiences an out-pouring of emotion, its water levels seemingly rise in waves to the surface. This sudden release of energy be it through joy or sorrow, in time creates a sense of calm. So it is that all storms pass, and floods recede with time.

In ‘The water table’ [Oil, copper leaf on board, 3ft 8” x 5ft 6”] a figure clad in copper armour stoops to peer into a pond of its own making. In this moment of contemplation, the figure notices new growth rising from the banks of the pond. Witness to the figure’s awakening, and an unseen aid to this, an angel points to the pond beneath.

One often recognises ones own healing when the infinite catches our attention. So although the crouching figure presented in ‘The water table’ recalls the motif of Narcissus, the figure here has come through a time of self-reflection and now having become aware of nature’s growth externally, in time sees this blossoming reflected in itself. Thus perspective shifts from preoccupation with the self to an expansive view of life.

 

 

 

'The water table' [details] © David Begley 2009 - 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Ascension'

Oil on wood, 15cm x 45cm
© David Begley 2008 - 2010
Exhibited at Cherrylane Fine Art, Wicklow, March 2010
Private collection

 

 

 

 

'When we leave'

Oil on board, 91cm x 122cm
© David Begley 2009 - 2010

Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'To the island'

Oil on board, 122cm x 183cm, 4ft x 6ft
© David Begley 2009
Exhibited at Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow November - December 2009
Commissioned, Private collection

 


To the island

I had a palette in mind and the words ‘allegory’, ‘light and space’ and ‘hope’. The idea of an island had been rustling about for a while. Whilst living in Germany last year I became more aware that I am an Islander, of what this brings to one’s consciousness. The ebb, the flow. We are both insular and free spirited. When we think of an ‘island’ we may imagine a beach, silence, calm, escape, the exotic. So my thoughts began for this work.

Having visited galleries in Germany, Rembrandt, Durer, Patinier, The Flemish and German Schools made a strong impression on me: their starkness, their weight. Much of the work is monochromatic. These gallery visits led to the work ‘Ship of Fools’ [2008] which in turn has led in genre and process to ‘To the island’. For a long time I have tried to retain the under painting, and its underlying construction in a work. How, through this construction the eye may navigate a painted space.

A painting can be at its truest point at an early stage, so much of what we see in the “completed” painting conceals what lies beneath, and often its impetus [I have found] may be lost. Whilst retaining many of these initial marks allows the work to breathe, it creates a pressure on the first marks placed - the under painting, as within twenty four hours this layer becomes too dry to work into further. The gesso ground is crucial to how the first layer of turpentine and paint etch the surface. For ‘Into the island’ I used twelve layers of gesso, sanded in between layers then began with an umber wash. The following layers were applied thinly, all the time retaining certain elements of the composition and reducing others, whilst being open to secondary images within this process of building.

Much of my work from 2007 to the present is based on perspective. How perspective / perception changes through experience and through travel and time. How perspective is reduced in fear and expanded in love. In ‘To the island’ the [painted] perspective is constantly shifting, figures are minute, figures are giants. Two viewpoints are presented simultaneously. The distant view is upon us before we come to it, depending on which route the eye chooses.

David Begley November 2009

'To the island' [detail] Oil on board, 122cm x 183cm, 4ft x 6ft © David Begley 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Before the light goes out'

Oil on board, 90cm x 120cm, 3ft x 4ft
© David Begley 2009
Exhibited at Cherrylane Fine Arts, December 2009. Exhibited at The Norman Gallery, July 2009
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Even when the light goes out'

Oil on linen, 31cm x 31cm, 12" x !2"
© David Begley 2008 - 2009.
Exhibited at The Norman Gallery 2009
Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Hope For The Soul' [detail]
Oil on wood,
50cm x 30cm, 20" x 12"
© David Begley 2008
Exhibited at Boyle Arts Festival, July 2009
Exhibited at The Festival Of The Masters, Orlanda USA by Cherry Lane Fine Art, November 2008
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

'Beyond The Poplars'

Oil on apple wood, 21cm x 16cm, 8.3" x 6.3"
© David Begley 2008

Exhibited by Cherry Lane Fine Art at The Festival Of The Masters, Orlanda USA in November 2008
Private collection

 

The paintings on this page may be exhibited and or purchased, unless marked private collection. They are sold unframed unless otherwise stated. Other works not shown here can be seen at my studio.

PAYMENT PLANS Paintings can be purchased in total or by weekly / monthly installments [maximum period one year]. Purchase of works are secured by a deposit or full payment, works can only be reserved by deposit. Beneath each work you will see the medium, size, year and price. Paintings may be viewed here online or at my studio by appointment:

Ballinaclash, Blackwater, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland

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In the pursuit of longevity
oil on canvas board
20cm x 25cm
© David Begley
Available davidbeg@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Nightlines
oil on gesso panel
29cm x 40cm
© David Begley
Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middleground
oil on canvas panel 25cm x 31cm, 8" x 12"
© David Begley 2008

Available davidbeg@gmail.com

Further paintings can be viewed at my studio by appointment
davidbeg@gmail.com / Tel 087 1227310

 

 



 



   
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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