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Can a myth be true? Yeats, Lewis and Tolkien

Monday 28 September 2020
Can a myth be true? Yeats, Lewis and Tolkien

Recently in my paintings I have been exploring the romantic and mythic poetry of W B Yeats (see the paintings Cap and Bells; Silver Trout; Penny, Brown Penny; Heaven's Embroidered Cloths; and The Departure, shown here). The romantic is, of course, familiar territory; the mythic less so, and full of siren voices. My exploration was partly stimulated...

Why great art is useless

Saturday 12 September 2020
Why great art is useless

There is a popular polychrome sculpture of Oscar Wilde lounging on a rock at one corner of the grand eighteenth-century Merrion Square in Dublin. To the west side, across the wide street, is the splendid art collection that fills the National Gallery of Ireland. The space between statue and gallery might be thought to vibrate with Wilde’s comment...

Big cows and little cows: Father Ted on perspective

Tuesday 8 September 2020
Big cows and little cows: Father Ted on perspective

In the comedy series Father Ted, the curate, Fr Dougal, is (characteristically) finding it difficult to understand why far away cows look smaller than they really are. Ted’s explanation about big cows (near) and little cows (far away) never quite gets home.
But there was, historically, far more to perspective and its spiritual significance than...

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