Gallagher with Slide – £500
Acrylic on paper – 29 x 19.7 in
This is a portrait of Irish blues-rock guitarist, Rory Gallagher. He was born in Ballyshannon, a small town in Donegall on the west coast of Ireland, where every year they have a tribute festival to him. In this painting I experimented with using thinner lines of paint to build up the tonal regions of the painting, as opposed to the wider brush-strokes I limited myself to in recent portraits. The result is perhaps a more intricate and abstract painting which is quite dynamic. I currently like paintings that when you squint or look at them from a distance; an accurate overall sense of the subject is portrayed, only when you move or look closer do the abstract details and brushstrokes reveal themselves. A lot of my art these days is about experimenting with this balance: how hard do you have to squint before the subject appears?
‘How does it feel to be the greatest guitarist in the world? I don’t know, go ask Rory Gallagher.’