Paul Colreavy


Paul Colreavy

Paul Colreavy is a self-taught painter and primary school principal from Sligo. He has been exhibiting his paintings for over twenty years now. The work is inspired by the wild, rugged landscape of Co. Sligo. Paul delivers a visual interrogation of his subject matter which employs a rich colour palette.

Artist Statement

The subject matter of my work for anyone that knows it, is more or less consistent with what I started painting more than twenty years ago. The paintings are derived from the constant feeling of being drawn back to the landscape of my surroundings in Sligo that continually compels me to reinterpret this subject.

Observing the landscape is a continuous wonderful experience, where images are constantly recorded and the notion of the feeling, or essence of the landscape, rather than just the visual are conjured up from the familiar. The paintings evolve from layering, scraping, removing and reworking until the image reveals itself and is accepted as the resolution of the preconceived. I continue to interpret the land and water around me and can never expect to be finished.

Low Clouds Cloonagh I


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