Silhouettes & Sunburst
Visiting exhibitions is a stimulating experience and I always come away with my vision sharpened and can more quickly ‘get into the zone’ with my camera. All around me I see the influence of the paintings or photography that I’ve just witnessed and compositions come alive in front of me and I see the bigger picture, so to speak.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art invariably challenges my sense of what constitutes art and such exhibitions as this one, of the work of Irish Artist Patrick Scott, never fail to open the door on a new experience. The painting here arose from concerns that the artist had about nuclear weapons and was done in the 1950s when such issues were uppermost in peoples minds, especially during the Cuban Missile Crises in 1961. I was a college at the time and remember the fears and concerns that we all had during this period.
John Cawny and his daughter were particularly interested in this painting and were busy photographing themselves in front of it when I came into the gallery. At this juncture I had been observed also taking their photo and offered to send them copies of the pictures, a job that I now must do, so I’ll leave you with this interpretation of the event.